Jets Sunday Night Preseason Loss Tops Weekly Ratings

America got its first look at Tim Tebow in action for the Jets Sunday night. Curiosity also got the best of New Yorkers, making the NBC game, with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth at the mic, number one. The matchup with Carolina drew an estimated 839,000 WNBC viewers with a 4.3 rating, according to Nielsen.

The Giants also performed well in the ratings, tuning up for the regular season. It was another case of  the national exposure, as the G-Men hosted the Bears on CBS. The sixth-rated show of the week had 526,000 fans and a 2.7 rating.

America’s Got Talent pulled in huge numbers again, placing second and third. The competition averaged approximately 670,000 viewers and a 3.5 rating.

The season finale of HBO’s vampire series, True Blood, was fourth (602,000/3.1), while CBS’ 60 Minutes grabbed fifth place (587,000/3.0).

More from the Top 10 after the jump

  • New York TV ratings. Week of August 26:
*8thReal Housewives of New JerseyBravo463K2.4
10thBig BrotherWCBS427K2.2


The Yankees held down three slots for the week, two games on the YES Network and one on WWOR/Channel 9. The team’s best showing for the week was 14th for a YES broadcast on August 20 against the White Sox (399,000/2.0).

WNYW/Channel 5 had its best showing in a tie for 14th with Masterchef (396,000/2.0).