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NBC continues to score mammoth viewership for the return of NFL in-season football, crushing competitors Sunday night and giving the network a valuable platform to promote its upcoming debuts (including tonight’s premiere of “The Jay Leno Show”).
The Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers game (18.2 million viewers, 7.4 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) was up slightly in the early numbers, subject to change in the nationals, compared to last year’s game.
Fox was second, aided by some NFL overrun of its own. Fox aired the belated one-hour series finale of “King of the Hill” and some animated repeats. “King” (6.1 million, 2.9) matched its average last season, which is decent considering the show has been off the air this summer.
CBS placed third, with approximate numbers due to sports overrun: President Barack Obama was on “60 Minutes (8.4 million, 1.6), followed by “Big Brother” (2.2 million, 1.9) and “There Goes the Neighborhood” (4.6 million, 1.3). Regardless of its time periods being shifted a bit, CBS’ numbers were lackluster.
ABC had repeats and “Shark Tank” (4.3 million, 1.4) and “Defying Gravity” (2.5 million, 0.8).
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