TV Ratings: CBS hits winning shot Sunday
Eye rolls to victory on 'Housewives'-free night
CBS cruised to a ratings win Sunday on a night when ABC gave its drama series a rest.
For the night, the Eye averaged a 7.5 rating/12 share (which includes live sports in the eastern half of the country, so the numbers may change a bit). ABC finished second at 5.5/9, beating out NBC's 4.9/8. FOX, 3.2/5, took fourth, and The CW was way back at 0.8/1.
CBS also led among adults 18-49 with a 3.1 rating. ABC's 2.8 was good for second, followed by FOX, 2.6, and NBC, 2.5. The CW managed only a 0.4.
The conclusion of CBS' afternoon college basketball coverage and "60 Minutes" drew an 8.4/15 at 7 p.m. "Dateline" put NBC in second with a 5.7/10. "America's Funniest Home Videos" drew a 4.6/8 for ABC. Reruns of "American Dad" and "King of the Hill" averaged 1.6/3 for FOX, while The CW aired a "Jericho" rerun.
CBS stayed on top at 8 with the end of "60 Minutes" and "The Amazing Race," 7.8/12. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" drew a 6.0/10 for ABC. FOX moved up to third with a new "Simpsons" and a rerun of the show, averaging 3.7/6. "Kings" earned a 3.0/5 for NBC. The CW aired the movie "War Games."
At 9, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and CBS' "Amazing Race"/"Cold Case" combination each scored a 7.2/11, but ABC had a few more total viewers. "The Celebrity Apprentice" was third for NBC, a little ahead of "Family Guy," 4.8/7, and "American Dad," 3.5/5, on FOX. The conclusion of "War Games" pulled in a 1.0/2 for The CW.
"Cold Case" and "The Unit" averaged 6.4/11 for CBS at 10 p.m., edging the second hour of "The Celebrity Apprentice," 6.2/10, on NBC. A "Desperate Housewives" rerun posted a 4.1/7 for ABC.
Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.
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