Fast National ratings for Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008
The closing day of the NFL's regular season gave CBS some extra juice in Sunday's ratings, allowing the network to beat out fellow football broadcaster NBC for the top spot.
CBS averaged a 7.0 rating/12 share for the night, beating out NBC's 6.6/11 (numbers for both networks will change some because of the live sports). ABC took third with a 4.0/7, topping FOX's 3.7/6. As usual, The CW was not really a player, finishing at 0.8/1.
NBC snagged the top spot among adults 18-49 with a 4.0 rating. FOX took second in the demographic with a 2.6, just edging CBS' 2.5. ABC averaged 1.6 and The CW 0.3.
Late-afternoon NFL coverage and "60 Minutes" averaged 10.0/17 for CBS at 7 p.m. FOX got a 5.0/8 from its own NFL games and "The OT," while "Football Night in America" pulled down a 4.7/8 for NBC. ABC aired the movie "The Sound of Music" to finish fourth, still well ahead of "Jericho" on The CW.
NBC took the lead at 8 p.m. with its "Sunday Night Football" telecast, 7.2/12. CBS was close behind with "60 Minutes" and "Million Dollar Password" averaging 7.0/11. "The Sound of Music," 4.0/7, moved ABC ahead of FOX, which aired repeats of "The Simpsons," 3.1/5, and "King of the Hill," 2.6/4. The CW went with the movie "Revenge of the Pink Panther."
"Sunday Night Football," featuring the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos, improved to 7.8/13 at 9 p.m. "Million Dollar Password" and "Cold Case" combined for a 6.2/10 on CBS. ABC's movie earned a 4.7/8, topping the 3.1/5 for "Family Guy" and "American Dad" on FOX. The CW's movie brought up the rear.
At 10 p.m., "Sunday Night Football" dipped to 6.8/12, but NBC still easily led the hour. "Cold Case" and "The Unit" averaged 4.8/8 for CBS, while "The Sound of Music" concluded with a 4.5/8.
Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.