alexoloughlin threerivers 290 TV ratings: 'Three Rivers' flows to OK premiere; NFL wins SundayFast National ratings for Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009

The premiere of “Three Rivers” on CBS Sunday drew a decent-sized overall audience but not too many younger viewers, while NFL games boosted both NBC and FOX.

NBC won a tight ratings race for the night with 13.1 million viewers and a 7.8 rating/12 share in households. ABC, FOX and CBS all finished within a 600,000 viewers of one another, with ABC (11.3 million, 6.9/11) taking second, followed by FOX (10.71 million, 6.1/10) and CBS (10.69 million, 6.7/11). NBC’s and FOX’s numbers will change some because of their live sports telecasts. (Note: The CW no longer programs Sunday nights.)

NBC also led among adults 18-49 with a 5.1 rating, edging FOX’s 4.8. ABC, 3.5, came in third in the demographic. CBS averaged 2.4.

Sunday’s hour-by-hour numbers:

7 p.m.

FOX: NFL overrun/”The OT” (14.8 million viewers, 8.7/15 households)
CBS: “60 Minutes” (12.9 million, 8.3/14)
ABC: “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (8 million, 4.5/8)
NBC: “Football Night in America” (7.4 million, 4.3/7)

18-49 leader:
NFL/”The OT” (5.9)

8 p.m.

NBC: “Sunday Night Football” – San Diego at Pittsburgh (15.4 million, 9.1/14)
ABC: “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (11.7 million, 7.2/11)
CBS: “The Amazing Race” (9.9 million, 5.9/9)
FOX: “The Simpsons” (9.3 million, 5.1/8)/”The Cleveland Show” (8.7 million, 4.9/7)

18-49 leader: “Sunday Night Football” (5.9)

9 p.m.

NBC: “Sunday Night Football” (16.4 million, 10.0/15)
ABC: “Desperate Housewives” (14.3 million, 9.0/14)
CBS: “Three Rivers” series premiere (9.2 million, 5.7/9)
FOX: “Family Guy” (9.7 million, 5.4/8)/”American Dad” (7.1 million, 4.1/6)

18-49 leader: “Sunday Night Football” (6.4)

10 p.m.

NBC: “Sunday Night Football” (13.6 million, 8.5/14)
CBS: “Cold Case” (9.7 million, 6.2/10)
ABC: “Brothers & Sisters” (9.6 million, 6.5/11)

18-49 leader:
“Sunday Night Football” (5.8)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.

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Posted by:Rick Porter