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NBC, NFL win busy Sunday primetime

NBC, NFL win busy Sunday primetime
NEW YORK -- The marquee matchup that opened NBC's regular-season Sunday Night Football prevailed in an unusually strong night of television highlighted by 9/11-related programming and premieres of Fox's sitcom lineup. ABC's controversial miniseries The Path to 9/11 did respectable, although not overwhelming numbers. The Manning-against-Manning drama between the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Giants -- which the Colts won, 26-21 -- was according to preliminary estimates the night's most watched program as well as the highest-rated in the adults 18-49 demographic. Sunday Night Football averaged 20.7 million viewers and an 8.1 rating/19 share in the demographic, according to preliminary data released Monday by Nielsen Media Research. That's about even with last year's opener for Monday Night Football. It faced off against tough competition on the other three broadcast networks, including ABC's first night of The Path to 9/11 as well as an updated version of CBS' 9/11 documentary and the premiere of The Simpsons, Family Guy and other Fox sitcoms.

'Eyes' have it for ABC telefilm

ABC trampled the competition again Sunday with a powerful performance from the telefilm Oprah Winfrey Presents: Their Eyes Were Watching God. The movie, starring Halle Berry in the Winfrey-produced adaptation of the classic 1930s Zora Neale Hurston novel, brought in 24.6 million viewers and a 8.5 rating/21 share in the adults 18-49 demographic from 9-11:30 p.m., according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. That was strong enough to make it the most-watched scripted telefilm on any network in more than five years (CBS' 2002 airing of the documentary 9/11 drew 39 million viewers), and the highest adults 18-49 demo score from a longform production in more than three years.

Peabodys go to HBO, PBS, 'Nightline'

NEW YORK -- HBO and two PBS stations copped three George Foster Peabody Awards apiece, and ABC News' Nightline took home two honors, the Peabody Board said Wednesday. The board cited 31 programs on 23 outlets as the winners reflected a wide range of subjects -- unlike a year ago, when the events of Sept. 11 dominated the entry box. This year, three winners dealt with Sept. 11-related subjects. For the first time, the Peabody Awards ceremony -- scheduled for May 19 in New York -- will run on national television when A&E airs the event in June. Peabodys went to eight PBS outlets, including three apiece produced by New York's WNET and Boston's WGBH, which won two awards for a pair of ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre productions: American Collection: Almost a Woman and Othello. A panel of 15 judges from the television industry, academia and the media judged the 62nd annual awards, which honor excellence in broadcasting. Other winners include NBC for its new Boomtown series, Fox for an episode of Boston Public and CBS News and 48 Hours for 9/11, a documentary about the events of Sept. 11. HBO won three awards: for its Six Feet Under series; The Gathering Storm, a historical drama about Winston Churchill; and Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam.

Peabodys go to HBO, PBS, 'Nightline'

NEW YORK -- HBO and two PBS stations copped three George Foster Peabody Awards apiece, and ABC News' Nightline took home two honors, the Peabody Board said Wednesday. The board cited 31 programs on 23 outlets as the winners reflected a wide range of subjects -- unlike a year ago, when the events of Sept. 11 dominated the entry box. This year, three winners dealt with Sept. 11-related subjects. For the first time, the Peabody Awards ceremony -- scheduled for May 19 in New York -- will run on national television when A&E airs the event in June. Peabodys went to eight PBS outlets, including three apiece produced by New York's WNET and Boston's WGBH, which won two awards for a pair of ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre productions: American Collection: Almost a Woman and Othello. A panel of 15 judges from the television industry, academia and the media judged the 62nd annual awards, which honor excellence in broadcasting. Other winners include NBC for its new Boomtown series, Fox for an episode of Boston Public and CBS News and 48 Hours for 9/11, a documentary about the events of Sept. 11. HBO won three awards: for its Six Feet Under series; The Gathering Storm, a historical drama about Winston Churchill; and Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam.

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