Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for NBC all night (NFL Football) and Fox’s 7-8pm hour (NFL overrun) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.
The early overnight 16.9 household rating for the Sunday Night Football game was the best ever, and 3% above last year’s opener indicating that the likely final ratings for the game will be up. But for Cowboys fans it was Oh No, Romo once again.
While we won’t know the final ratings until later today, comparing the fast affiliate ratings vs. last year the primetime portion of NBC’s Sunday Night Football Game 1: Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Jets posted a 9.5 adults 18-49 rating from 830-11p, up from last year’s Sunday season opener (DAL Cowboys vs. WAS Redskins), which delivered an 8.6 adults 18-49 rating from 8:30-11p in the Fast Nationals before rising to a 9.6 adults 18-49 rating from 8:31-11:40p in the Finals.
Even with the caveats about fast affiliate ratings for live programming, of course NBC will top the night with both adults 18-49 and total viewers.
The CBS special 9/11: 10 Years Later drew a surprisingly high 3.6 adults 18-49 rating. Earlier in the evening, 60 Minutes started off with a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.
ABC’s special edition of 20/20 at 10pm had a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.
Because of Fox’s multiple showings of The X Factor preview their Sunday schedule was pushed around, and In the Flow With Affion Crockett finale ratings below are mixed up with Family Guy in the half hour, so comparisons to the 1.3 adults 18-49 rating below are misleading.
Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, September 11, 2011:
|Time||Net||Show||18-49 Rating||18-49 Share||Viewers Live+SD (million)|
|NBC||FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA||2.7||8||7.463|
|ABC||AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS – R||1.1||3||4.650|
|7:30||NBC||FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA||4.6||13||11.350|
|ABC||AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS – R||1.3||4||5.627|
|8:00||NBC||FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA||7.8||20||19.599|
|CBS||9/11: 10 YEARS LATER||2.7||7||10.298|
|FOX||THE SIMPSONS – R||2.4||6||5.212|
|ABC||EXTREME MAKE: HOME – R||1.1||3||4.281|
|8:30||NBC||NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL||9.8||24||24.591|
|CBS||9/11: 10 YEARS LATER||3.7||9||12.672|
|FOX||FAMILY GUY – R||2.0||5||4.190|
|ABC||EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION – R||1.2||3||4.426|
|9:00||NBC||NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL||9.5||22||23.580|
|CBS||9/11: 10 YEARS LATER||4.0||9||13.355|
|FOX||FAMILY GUY – R||1.9||4||3.958|
|ABC||SUNDAY 20/20: THE SIXTH SENSE||1.0||2||4.337|
|9:30||NBC||NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL||9.5||22||23.017|
|CBS||9/11: 10 YEARS LATER||3.8||9||12.607|
|FOX||IN THE FLOW WITH AFFION CROCKETT||1.3||3||2.669|
|ABC||SUNDAY 20/20: THE SIXTH SENSE||1.1||2||4.508|
|10:00||NBC||NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL||9.7||23||22.855|
|ABC||A SPECIAL EDITION OF 20/20||1.6||4||5.494|
|CBS||THE GOOD WIFE – R||1.1||3||5.233|
|10:30||NBC||NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL||9.1||23||21.209|
|ABC||A SPECIAL EDITION OF 20/20||1.6||4||5.419|
|CBS||THE GOOD WIFE – R||0.9||2||4.700|
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