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By Paul J. Gough
NEW YORK — NBC’s Chicago Bears-Indianapolis Colts took the ratingscrown Sunday night, though football overrun helped the premiere ofFox’s new Japanese-style game show “Hole in the Wall.”
“SundayNight Football” averaged about 16.7 million viewers and a 6.4 rating/16share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminaryestimates released Monday by Nielsen Media Research. It’s likely thatthe game’s ratings will rise even higher with the release of final dataTuesday.
Already it’s in the neighborhood of last year’s “SNF”opener. Fox had 11.7 million viewers between 7 and 7:30 p.m. foroverrun from its late afternoon window as well as a 38-minute editionof “The OT” (7 million, 3.2/10). The premiere of “Hole in the Wall”averaged 7 million viewers and a 3.5/8 at 8 p.m., though the rest ofthe night’s animation repeats scored lower.
The 9-11 p.m. ET USOpen women’s finals (Serena Williams-Jelena Jankovic) coverage on CBSaveraged 4.7 million viewers and a 1.3/3 though the match continuedanother hour until midnight ET. CBS Sports said that the overnighthousehold rating (4.3/7), up 65% over last year’s Saturday night, Sept.8, match between Justine Henin and Svetlana Kuznetsova (2.6/5).
An hour earlier at 8 p.m., “Big Brother” (7.6 million, 2.7/7) was higher than average in the ratings Sunday.
ABC’shigh point for the night was “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (5.9million, 1.6/4) before airing a two-hour “America United: In Support ofOur Troops” (3.3 million, 1.3/3).
For the night, NBC (14million, 5.5/14) won in all major categories followed by Fox (7million, 3.2/9), ABC (5.1 million, 1.4/4), CBS (6.7 million, 1.7/4) andthe CW (1.6 million, 0.7/4).
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