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Ratings: NBC’s Sunday Night Football Fends Off CBS, ‘Big Brother’

ABC matches rerun-laden CBS for second-place in key 18-49 demographic

NBC’s summer is surging even more now that Sunday Night Football has returned in (preseason) earnest.

The network topped both the key 18-49 demographic and total viewers on Sunday evening. CBS and ABC tied for second in the main demo; CBS was runner-up in total audience. “Big Brother” actually rose a hair despite its pigskin competition.

Due to the nature of live sports, Nielsen’s fast national numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.8 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 5.8 million, according to early numbers. Following reruns, the Arizona Cardinals-Oakland Raiders pre-game at 8 p.m. scored a 2.1/7 and 7.2 million viewers. The game itself at 8:30 earned a 2.0/6 and 6.3 million viewers.

CBS and ABC tied for second in ratings, both with a 1.1 CBS had a 4 share, ABC had a 3. CBS was second in total viewers with 5.6 million, ABC was third with 4.2 million.

For CBS, between repeats, “Big Brother” at 8 received a 2.1/7 and 6.7 million viewers.

For ABC, following a rerun, “Bachelor in Paradise” at 8 posted a 1.3/4 and 4.4 million viewers. “Save My Life: Boston” at 10 had a 0.7/2 and 3.1 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 1.0/3 and in viewers with 2.5 million. An NFL overrun at 7 got a 1.9/8 and 5.2 million viewers. Repeats followed.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.3 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in viewers with 1 million.