colts redskins TV Ratings: Colts Redskins shootout good for NBC winFast National ratings for Sunday, October 17, 2010.

The Sunday night Colts-Redskins game on “Sunday Night Football” gave NBC a win over CBS’ lineup, as there was no NFL football to bleed over into “60 Minutes” this week. FOX had a strong week, fueled by the end of the afternoon NFL games and the second game of the Phillies-Giants NLCS. 

NBC’s football pre-game show and game broadcast earned an average of 14.3 million viewers with a 8.8 rating/14 share in households. CBS took second with 11.9 million viewers, 7.2/12 and FOX was close behind with 9.8 million viewers, 6.1/10. ABC brought up the rear with 9.3 million viewers and a 5.8/9.

In the 18-49 demo, football was again the winner. NBC had a 5.4 for first, followed by FOX (3.3), CBS (3.0) and ABC (2.6).

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

FOX: NFL games (Vikings-Cowboys) (13.8 million, 8.6/15)
CBS: “60 Minutes” (12.9 million, 8.3/14)
NBC: “Football Night in America” (7.6 million, 4.5/8)
ABC: “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (7.1 million, 4.0/7)

18-49 leader: NFL games (5.0)

8 p.m.

NBC: Sunday Night Football (15.7 million, 9.4/15)
CBS:  “The Amazing Race” (11.3 million, 6.6/10)
FOX: NLCS Game 2 (8.8 million, 5.3/8)
ABC: “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (8.6 million, 5.1/8)

18-49 leader: Sunday Night Football (5.8)

9 p.m.

NBC: Sunday Night Football (17.8 million, 11.0/17)
ABC: “Desperate Housewives” (12.4 million, 7.9/12)
CBS: “Undercover Boss” (12.2 million, 7.1/11)
FOX: NLCS Game 2 (6.9 million, 4.3/7)

18-49 leader: Sunday Night Football (6.7)

10 p.m.

NBC: Sunday Night Football (15.8 million, 10.0/17)
ABC: “Brothers & Sisters” (8.96 million, 6.1/10)
CBS: “CSI: Miami” (11.1 million, 7.0/12)

18-49 leader: Sunday Night Football (6.4)

information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are
preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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