By Jennifer Armstrong
Updated August 31, 2009 at 04:41 PM EDT

The 36th Annual Daytime Emmys finished last throughout its two-hour broadcast on The CW, but the Vanessa Williams-hosted festivities gave the network its best Sunday of the season. NBC took the night with a pre-season NFL match-up between Chicago and Denver, while ABC’s summer scripted series attempt, Defying Gravity, stayed grounded.