TV Ratings: 'Beyond the Blackboard' CBS movie helps secure win on Easter

emily-van-camp-beyond-bboard-320.jpgFast national ratings for Sunday, April 24, 2011.

Easter Sunday signaled a win for CBS, with ratings up slightly across the board from last Sunday. "Beyond the Blackboard," CBS's TV movie starring Emily Van Camp, aired opposite her old stomping ground, "Brothers & Sisters" on CBS. FOX made it a very Homer Easter with two episodes of "The Simpsons" and a re-air of the movie, but they didn't make much of a ratings splash. NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" was up slightly from last week, but their latest endeavor "America's Next Great Restaurant" hit its series low.

CBS had the highest average viewers (9.1 million and a 5.6/10 share). ABC came in second (7.7 million, 4.6/8), NBC in third (6.0 million, 3.6/6) and FOX in fourth (3.1 million, 1.7/3).

ABC won the 18-49 demo with a 2.2 rating, followed by NBC (2.0) and CBS (1.7). FOX had a 1.2.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

CBS: "60 Minutes" (10.3 million, 6.48/13)
ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" rerun (6.5 million, 3.6/7)
NBC: "Dateline: NBC" (4.2 million, 2.7/5)
FOX: "The Simpsons" reruns (2.3 million, 1.3/3)

18-49 leader: "America's Funniest Home Videos" (1.7)

8 p.m.

CBS: "Amazing Race" (9.2 million, 5.4/9)
ABC: "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (7.7 million, 4.4/8)
NBC: "America's Next Great Restaurant" (3.5 million, 2.2/4)
FOX: "The Simpsons Movie" rerun (3.3 million, 1.8/3)

18-49 leader: "Amazing Race" (2.5)

9 p.m.

ABC: "Desperate Housewives" (9.9 million, 6.1/10)
CBS: "Beyond the Blackboard" (8.2 million, 5.1/8)
NBC: "Celebrity Apprentice"  (7.3 million, 4.2/7)
FOX: "The Simpsons Movie" rerun (3.8 million, 2.1/3)

18-49 leader: "Desperate Housewives" (2.9)

10 p.m.

CBS: "Beyond the Blackboard" (8.7 million, 5.5/9)
NBC: "Celebrity Apprentice" (8.8 million, 5.2/9)
ABC: "Brothers & Sisters" (6.6 million, 4.4/7)

18-49 leader: "Celebrity Apprentice" (3.2)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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