NBC press release follows:
"NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL" BEATS PREMIERE OF DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES BY 10 %
SNF Wins Sunday Night For 4th Consecutive Week
NEW YORK - September 29, 2008 - The Chicago Bears 24-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on "NBC Sunday Night Football," won the night while facing strong competition from season premieres on ABC, CBS and Fox including the season premiere of Desperate Housewives on ABC. SNF delivered a 12.3 overnight rating and 20 share (8:30-11:30 p.m., ET), 10 percent higher than Desperate Housewives on ABC and was the highest rated broadcast of the night on any network.
Last night's game's metered market rating of 12.3/20 represents a 14 percent increase over last season's Eagles-Giants game (10.8/17 on 9/30/07).
Top Ten Metered Markets For Eagles/Bears:
1. Philadelphia 31.6/44
2. Chicago 28.9/42
3. Baltimore 18.2/26
4. Las Vegas 16.0/24
5. New Orleans 15.7/21
6. Jacksonville 15.6/24
7. Indianapolis 15.1/23
8. Norfolk 15.1/21
9. Washington D.C. 14.9/24
T10. Denver 14.5/22
T10. Albuquerque 14.5/22
It probably should be noted that while it's true Sunday Night Football was the highest-rated program of the night, Desperate Housewives was actually the most-watched program of the night. You can see the full overnight report for Sunday's broadcast network shows.