cowboys chargers 2011 getty Ratings: Chargers Cowboys NFL preseason wins for NBC Sunday nightFast National ratings for Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011

The NFL preseason is in full swing and the Chargers-Cowboys match-up
Sunday night led NBC to a win in both the total viewers and the adults
18-49 demographic. The Peacock averaged 8.9 million viewers and a 5.4
rating/9 share in households.

CBS was second with 6.7 million, 4.2/7, followed by ABC at 5.4 million, 34/6 and FOX at 2.6 million, 1.5/3.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, the order was the same. NBC won with 2.9, followed by CBS (1.7), ABC (1.3) and FOX (1.2)

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

CBS: “60 Minutes” (8.5 million viewers, 5.4/10 households)
NBC: “Dateline” (6.8 million, 4.3/8)
ABC: “America’s Funniest Home Videos” rerun (5.2 million, 3.0/6)
FOX: “American Dad” rerun (1.7 million, 1.0/2) /”Bob’s Burgers rerun (2.05 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: “Dateline” (1.5)

8 p.m.

NBC: NFL Preseason football: Chargers at Cowboys (9.8 million, 5.9/10)
CBS: “Big Brother” (8.8 million, 5.1/9)
ABC: “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” rerun (4.7 million, 2.9/5)
FOX: “The Simpsons” rerun (2.9 million, 1.7/3)/ “Cleverland Show” rerun (2.6 million, 1.5/3)

18-49 leader: “Big Brother” (3.3)

9 p.m.

NBC: NFL Preseason football: Chargers at Cowboys (10.3 million, 6.0/10)
ABC: “20/20” (5.95 million, 3.9/6)
CBS: “The Good Wife” rerun (4.2 million, 2.8/4)
FOX: “Family Guys” rerun (3.8 million, 2.2/4)/ “In the Flow with Affion Crockett” (2.5 million, 1.5/2)

18-49 leader: NFL Preseason Football (3.7)

10 p.m.

NBC: NFL Preseason football: Chargers at Cowboys (8.7 million, 5.3/9)
ABC: “20/20” (5.7 million, 4.0/7)
CBS: “CSI: Miami” rerun (5.2 million, 3.4/6)

18-49 leader: NFL Preseason Football (3.1)

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

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Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."