lions 49ers ratings sept 16 gi TV ratings: 'Sunday Night Football' scores a big win for NBCFast National ratings for Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012

The Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers is not the most storied matchup in the NFL, so ratings for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” were down some from the season opener a week ago. But the game still gave the network a big ratings win for the night.

CBS also got a boost from the NFL as its late-afternoon game spilled into primetime, translating to bigger ratings (for now, at least) for “60 Minutes” and “Big Brother.” FOX also saw its early-evening ratings jump thanks to NFL games in a handful of markets.

NBC’s current averages stand at 15.7 million viewers and a 9.6 rating/15 share in households, although those will likely go up some with adjustments for the live NFL broadcast. CBS (9 million, 5.7/9) took second for the night, well ahead of FOX (4.5 million, 2.6/4). ABC trailed with 3.5 million viewers and a 2.3/4.

Among adults 18-49, NBC’s 6.5 rating beats the total for the other three nets. CBS finished second in the demographic at 2.5. FOX scored a 2.0 and ABC a meager 0.7.

]]>7 p.m. CBS: NFL runover (18.7 million viewers, 11.5/20 households)/”60 Minutes” (13.4 million, 8.6/14)
NBC: “Football Night in America” (9.7 million, 5.8/10)
FOX: NFL runover/”American Dad” rerun (6.2 million, 3.6/6)/”The Cleveland Show” rerun (3.7 million, 2.1/4)
ABC: “America’s Funniest Home Videos” rerun (4.85 million, 2.9/5) 18-49 leader: CBS NFL runover (6.3) 8 p.m. NBC: “Sunday Night Football” – Lions-49ers (18.1 million, 10.9/17)
CBS: “60 Minutes” (12.1 million, 7.7/12)/”Big Brother” (8.8 million, 5.4/8)
FOX: “The Simpsons” reruns – two episodes (4.2 million, 2.3/4)
ABC: “Revenge” rerun (3.1 million, 2.1/3) 18-49 leader: “Sunday Night Football” (7.3) 9 p.m. NBC: “Sunday Night Football” (19.35 million, 11.8/18)
CBS: “Big Brother” (6.5 million, 3.9/6)/”The Good Wife” rerun (4.4 million, 3.0/4)
FOX: “Family Guy” reruns – two episodes (4.4 million, 2.5/4)
ABC: “Revenge” rerun (3.1 million, 2.2/3) 18-49 leader: “Sunday Night Football” (7.9) 10 p.m. NBC: “Sunday Night Football” (15.7 million, 9.9/16)
CBS: “The Good Wife” rerun (4.1 million, 2.9/5)/”The Mentalist” rerun (3.85 million, 2.7/5)
ABC: “Revenge” rerun (3 million, 2.2/4) 18-49 leader: “Sunday Night Football” (6.9)

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

Posted by:Rick Porter