Golf overrun boosts NBC; CBS tops in viewers


NEW YORK -- A half-hour overrun of U.S. Open golf gave NBC the win Sunday night in adults 18-49, while CBS took viewers with "60 Minutes" and three hours of drama repeats.

NBC got a boost of 14 million viewers and a 3.5 rating/14 share in adults 18-49 between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., according to preliminary estimates released Monday by Nielsen Media Research. That was the highest score in both totals all night, but it wasn't sustainable for the peacock.

CBS started with "60 Minutes" (7.3 million, 1.2/5), which came in second against ABC's repeat "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (3.6 million, 1.0/4) and repeats of Fox sitcoms at 7 p.m. ABC stayed in the ratings doghouse all night, with an original "Fast Cars and Superstars" (2.2 million, 0.7/3) plus repeats "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.2 million, 1.1/4), "Desperate Housewives" (2.8 million, 0.9/3) and "Brothers & Sisters" (2.9 million, 0.8/2).

NBC won 8 p.m. with "Dateline" (6.8 million, 1.8/6) between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., while "Cold Case" (7.3 million, 1.6/5) won in viewership. Fox burned off an episode of the canceled "The Loop" (2.6 million, 1.2/4) at 8:30 p.m. and another episode of "The Loop" (2.6 million, 1.2/4) at 9:30 p.m. NBC's two-hour repeat of "Last Comic Standing" won the night in adults 18-49 with a 2.1/6.

Sunday averages: CBS (8 million, 1.7/6); NBC (6.8 million, 2.2/7); Fox (3 million, 1.4/5); ABC (3 million, 0.9/3); and the CW (1.2 million, 0.5/2).