Early Ratings for Sunday, September 14

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September 15th, 2008

Update: the full data with viewer and age demographics is now available here.

The early ratings results via the metered markets probably won't be much different relatively from the fast affiliate numbers that come later - both will be skewed and different from the final numbers. CBS had about a 45 minute overrun with football which will make even the fast affiliate numbers a bit off from the final numbers.

NBC dominated the night with the Sunday Night Football matchup where the Pittsburgh Steelers downed the Browns of Cleveland in a low-scoring affair 10-6. The game netted a 10.5/17 (household rating/share) in the early metered market numbers from 8p-11p, and NBC had an 8.5/14 for the night between 7p-11p. CBS was seconds with the NFL overrun, 60 Minutes, a Big Brother clip show and repeats of Cold Case and CSI Miami.

ABC was third with a lineup entirely made up of repeats and Fox was fourth with repeats of The Simpsons and an encore of the premiere of Fringe -- if the numbers hold up, Fringe had a respectable (for a repeat) 4.1/6 between 8p-10p. I'm not sure if last night's Fringe had more commercials than the "remote free" premiere. Berman has it listed as airing from 8pm-10pm, but even with the draw of tacking on the first four minutes of the next episode as a teaser, on Tuesday the Fringe aired for only one hour and thirty-five minutes. Either way, Fringe looks to have picked up a few more viewers, but regardless the real test will be how it performs with House as its lead-in. Update: Fringe still did run with limited commercials, but there were some "extras" last night besides just the first act of the second episode. See comments below.

CW ran with repeats, and Berman notes that if Privileged fails on Tuesdays, it might work on Sundays. The only problem with that is that CW sold off the airtime for Sunday nights to Media Rights Capital who will program the Sunday night lineup for the CW starting Sunday, October 5.

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