Cowboys-Chargers game lifts NBC to victory

The first preseason ”Sunday Night Football” game of summer lifted NBC to a ratings victory on Sunday night, but CBS had reason to smile too as ”Big Brother” hit another season high.

According to preliminary, affiliated-based national estimates from Nielsen, ”Big Brother” averaged a 3.3 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 8.8 million viewers overall, up about 20% week to week for the show’s best numbers on any night in a few years. Also for the net, ”60 Minutes” kicked things off (1.4/5 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) and repeats of ”The Good Wife” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) closed out the night (1.2/3 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall).

At NBC, the ”Sunday Night Football” matchup between Dallas and San Diego averaged a 3.3/9 in 18-49 and 9.6 million viewers overall from 8 to 11 p.m., with these numbers expected to rise some in the nationals due to time-zone differences for live sports. Last year’s comparable game (Minnesota-San Francisco) did a 3.0 rating in 18-49.

ABC aired repeats of ”America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) and ”Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), followed by the premiere of ”20/20: The Sixth Sense” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall), a repackaging of ”20/20” segments from recent years; the ABC News show is scheduled to air on three more Sundays over the next month.

And Fox went with repeats of animated comedies ”American Dad” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall), ”Bob’s Burgers” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall), ”The Simpsons” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall), ”Family Guy” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall) and ”The Cleveland Show” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall), followed by the second week of sketch comedy series ”In the Flow with Affion Crockett” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall), which was in line with its premiere performance.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.9/8; CBS, 1.7/5; ABC, 1.3/4; Fox, 1.2/3.

In total viewers: NBC, 8.9 million; CBS, 6.7 million; ABC, 5.4 million; Fox, 2.6 million.

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