Despite being blacked out by Time Warner Cable to 3.2 million of its customers in the major markets of New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, CBS’ Sunday line-up only experienced slight declines.
Opening the night, 60 Minutes drew 8.1 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating, down 3 percent and a tenth. Big Brother (6.8 mil/2.2) and Unforgettable (7 mil/1.2) meanwhile matched their week-ago audiences while ticking down a tenth in the demo.
NBC’s Sunday Night Football pre-season coverage dominated Sunday with a prelim audience of 9.1 mil/3.3 rating — down some 11 percent from the fast nationals for the last time NBC hosted a pre-season opener.
Elsewhere, ABC’s Secret Millionaire returned to 5 mil and a 1.2, down 11 and 20 percent from last summer’s premiere, and Whodunnit? (3 mil/1.0) tied season lows.