TV Ratings: Country is big on CBS Sunday

miranda-lambert-carrie-underwood.jpgFast National ratings for Sunday, April 18, 2010

CBS sang its way into the top ratings spot Sunday night with the "45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards." ABC came in at a fairly distant second thanks to strong ratings for "Desperate Housewives."

The Eye network averaged 12.5 million viewers and a 7.6 rating/13 share, a slight drop from last Sunday's first place finish thanks to the Masters. ABC drew 7.9 million viewers and a 5.0/8, followed by NBC with 6.3 million and 3.9/6 and finally FOX with 4.4 million and 2.6/4.

The adults 18-49 demo crown also went to CBS with a 2.7 rating, followed by ABC at 2.3 and NBC at 2.1. FOX came in just under NBC with a 2.0.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

CBS: "60 Minutes" (10.7 million viewers, 6.9/13 households)
ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" rerun (6.7 million, 3.8/7)
NBC: "Dateline NBC"  (5.5 million, 3.6/7)
FOX: "'Til Death" (1.8 million, 1.2/2), "The Simpsons" rerun (2.5 million, 1.6/3)

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

8 p.m.

CBS: "45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards," (13.1 million, 7.9/13)
ABC: "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" rerun (6.7 million, 4.3/7)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" (5.9 million, 3.4/6)
FOX: "The Simpsons" (5.9 million, 3.3/6), "The Cleveland Show" rerun (5.1 million, 3.0/5)

18-49 leader: "45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards," (2.8)

9 p.m.

CBS: "45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" (14.0 million, 8.2/13)
ABC: "Desperate Housewives" (10.4 million, 6.7/10)
NBC: "The Celebrity Apprentice" (6.6 million, 4.0/6)
FOX: "Family Guy" rerun (6.0 million, 3.5/5), "American Dad" (5.2 million, 3.0/5)

18-49 leader: "45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" (3.5)

10 p.m.

CBS: "45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" (12.1 million, 7.3/12)
ABC: "Brothers & Sisters" (7.9 million, 5.4/9)
NBC: "The Celebrity Apprentice" (7.2 million, 4.5/7)

18-49 leader: "45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" (3.1)

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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