CBS's national game Sunday, highlighted by Denver's win over the New York Giants, earned a 17.8 overnight rating and 34 share. The network said Monday it was the highest preliminary rating for its first national game of the season since CBS reacquired NFL rights in 1998.
Peyton's Broncos beat Eli's Giants 41-23 in Manning Bowl III.
Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned to a program. Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time. Overnight ratings measure the country's largest markets.