steelers colts gi TV Ratings: NBC's Steelers/Colts game wins; 'Pan Am' debuts strongFast National ratings for Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011.

Yet again, NBC’s Sunday night NFL match-up — the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Indianapolis Colts — surpassed the rest of the prime-time line-up to win the Sunday night ratings war. The Steelers’ last-minute win in a close game surely helped to goose viewership.

FOX — with the return of their animation domination Sundays — and ABC — with the debut of the retro-drama “Pan Am” — managed respectable numbers. But if football wasn’t part of the equation, CBS — with a strong “60 Minutes,” “Amazing Race,” “Good Wife” and “CSI: Miami” line-up — would have won the night.

NBC led the night with 14.9 million viewers and a 8.9 rating/14 share in households. CBS followed with 10.9 million (6.9/11). Next up, FOX with 9.5 million (5.5/8). ABC landed last with 8.7 million (5.6/9).

Not surprisingly, NBC also led the adults 18-49 demographic, with a 5.9 rating. FOX took second with 4.4, CBS third with 2.5 and ABC last at 2.4.
]]>7 p.m.: FOX: “The OT” (15 million, 8.7/14)
CBS: “60 Minutes” (12.6 million, 8.0/13)
NBC: “Football Night in America” (7.2 million, 4.4/7)
ABC: “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (5.4 million, 3.5/6) 18-49 leader: “The OT” (6.2) 8 p.m.: NBC: “Football Night in America” (17.4 million, 10.2/16)
CBS: “The Amazing Race XIX” (10.5 million, 6.4/10)
ABC: “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (8.8 million, 5.3/8)
FOX: “The Simpsons”/”The Cleveland Show” (7 million, 4.0/6) 18-49 leader: “Football Night in America” (6.7) 9 p.m.: NBC: “Football Night in America” (18.1 million, 10.7/16)
CBS: “The Good Wife” (10.5 million, 6.8/10)
ABC: “Desperate Housewives” (9.8 million, 6.2/9)
FOX: “Family Guy”/”American Dad” (6.7 million, 3.8/6) 18-49 leader:  “Football Night in America” (7.4) 10 p.m.: NBC: “Football Night in America” (16.7 million, 10.3/16)
ABC: “Pan Am” series premiere (10.9 million, 7.2/12)
CBS: “CSI: Miami” (9.9 million, 6.4/10) Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable

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Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson