TV Ratings: 'Sunday Night Football' Up Year to Year in Early Numbers

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NBC coasted to a ratings win Sunday on the back of its NFL coverage — which is either up some or on par with the same week a year ago, depending on which set of numbers you look at.

Sunday Night Football delivered a 13.8 household rating/24 share in metered markets, off a modest 4 percent vs. last week but up 10 percent vs. week two in 2017 (12.5/21).

In the fast nationals, the Dallas Cowboys' 20-13 win over the New York Giants averaged 18.17 million viewers and a 6.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic. That's ever-so-slightly behind the preliminary 18.46 million and 6.4 for the same night last year (which adjusted up to 20.24 million and 7.1).

CBS' ratings are also subject to change thanks to a late-afternoon NFL game bleeding into primetime. But starting at 7:37 p.m. ET, 60 Minutes averaged a 2.6 in the demo and 11.91 million viewers, its best outing in several months. Big Brother is currently at 1.65 among adults 18-49, which would be on the high side of the show's Sunday average if it holds. 

ABC got a 0.9 from Celebrity Family Feud (-0.2 vs. its last episode) and a 0.7 from The $100,000 Pyramid (-0.1). 

NBC easily led the night's network standings with a 5.1 rating in the 18-49 demo, pending updates. CBS is second at 2.0, also pending updates, and ABC and Fox (which aired a full night of repeats) tied for third at 0.7.