CBS's 60 Minutes was watched by nearly the same number of people who tuned in to NBC's Sunday-night football game between the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers. The football game, the highest-rated telecast of the week, drew 14.85 million viewers, edging out the news magazine, which pulled in 14.11 million, a difference of just 3.8 percent. Meanwhile, CBS continued to dominate during a week that saw audiences of all network shows dwindle. It averaged a 4.8 rating and a 9 share. NBC followed in second place with a 3.9/7; Fox placed third with a 3.3/6; while ABC averaged a 2.5/9.
The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research 1. Sunday Night Football, NBC, 9.0/15; 2. 60 Minutes , CBS, 8.7/15; 3. Two and a Half Men , CBS, 7.4/12; 4. The Mentalist , CBS, 6.6/11; 4. NCIS , CBS, 6.6/11; 6. Million Dollar Password, CBS, 6.3/10; 7. Cold Case , CBS, 6.1/10; 7. Sunday Night Football Pre-kickoff, NBC, 6.1/10; 9. CSI Miami , CBS, 5.8/10; 10. CSI Crime Scene Investigatio n, CBS, 5.0/10; 10. (Tie) Ghost Whisperer , CBS, 5.0/9.