'Sunday Night Football' scores for NBC


NEW YORK -- A sports-laden primetime schedule brought a win to NBC and "Sunday Night Football," while CBS and ABC's drama schedules were off from last week.

The Green Bay Packers-Chicago Bears game averaged a 12.3 household rating/20 share in the metered markets between 8:30 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. ET, according to preliminary estimates released Monday by Nielsen Media Research. It would likely carry "Sunday Night Football" over ABC's "Desperate Housewives" (17.4 million, 6.6/16 in adults 18-49), which was down from last week's 19.3 million and 7.5/17. Down week-to-week was "Cold Case" (10.8 million, 2.9/7), compared to last week (13.7 million, 3.4/8). Fox's "Family Guy" (8.4 million, 4.0/9) came in third in the hour as did "American Dad" (6.6 million, 3.0/7).

The impact of Sunday night's baseball doubleheader -- the tail end of the Red Sox blowout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the New York Yankees' win to stave off elimination against the Cleveland Indians -- won't be available until later with the ratings for TBS.

Both ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" (12.8 million, 4.9/13) and CBS's "Shark" (11.2 million, 2.5/6) were off from last week, while NBC still dominated at 10 p.m. with football.

At 7 p.m., CBS had a lead with football overrun that dominated the half-hour before falling dramatically in the demo for a 90-minute "60 Minutes" (10.8 million, 2.1/6). The premiere of ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" (8.4 million, 2.6/8) appeared to come in about where it left off last season while "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (11.7 million, 4.1/10) was down 15% from last week's premiere. Fox's "The Simpsons" (7.7 million, 3.6/10) tied "Extreme Makeover" at 8 p.m. while "King of the Hill" (6.1 million, 2.9/7) was in third place at 8:30 p.m.

The CW saw only a slight improvement in adults 18-49 with the premiere of the family drama "Life is Wild" (1.6 million, 0.4/1), which built in viewers compared to "Online Nation" (762,000, 0.3/1).