Primetime Ratings: NFL's Bears/Falcons Tackle Competition

NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' tops for October 18

NBC's Sunday Night
matchup between the Falcons and Bears propelled the network to a
first-place finish Sunday night, October 18, beating its closest competitor,
CBS, by 8/10 of a ratings point.  The
4.8/12 for the night (which includes the pre-game Football Night in America) gave NBC a lift from last week's 4.5/12
for the Colts/Titans game.

Overrun from the 4 p.m. NFL games lifted CBS to a 6.5/19 in
the opening 7 p.m. hour and averaging 20.8 million viewers.  NBC's pregame show was next at 2.2/6.  America's
Funniest Home Videos
on CBS turned in a 1.9/6.  Fox aired reruns of The Cleveland Show (1.7/5) and The
(2.1/6) for an average of 1.9/5. 

The opening hour of the NBC Sunday Night Football game drew a 4.8/12, topping CBS, which scored
a 4.3/11 for NFL overrun followed by 60
.  CBS was first in viewers
with 16 million.  Fox got a 4.0/10 for The Simpsons (4.1/11) and The Cleveland Show (3.8/9).  ABC's Extreme
Makeover: Home Edition
came up at 3.0/8.

NBC jumped to 6.1/14 in the 9 p.m. hour and took the lead in
viewers with 16 million.  ABC's Desperate Housewives moved up to second
at 4.6/11.  Family Guy (4.2/10) and American
(3.1/7) delivered a 3.6/8 for Fox. 
CBS pulled in a 3.0/7 for the end of
60 Minutes
into The Amazing Race

The third hour of Sunday
Night Football
charted a 6.3/16 and 15.4 million viewers for NBC.  ABC's Brothers
& Sisters
turned in a 3.2/8.  CBS
was third at 2.1/5 for Amazing Race into
Three Rivers.

NBC won the night with a 4.8/12.  CBS was next at 4.0/10 with 13.8 million
viewers, up from last week's 3.6/9 with 12.5 million tuning in.  ABC and Fox tied for third at 3.2/8.