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ABC Wins Sunday Despite Reality Dips

March 10, 2008 12:36 PM

ABC’s “Oprah’s Big Give” and “Here Come the Newlyweds” dropped from their strong premiere-week ratings numbers Sunday, while Fox’s second week of “Unhitched” remained constant, despite returning to its regular time slot.

ABC placed first on Sunday with a 3.4 in the 18- to 49-year-old demo. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.9) dropped 24% from its previous season average. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (4.0) also was off, dropping 15% from its previous average.

“Oprah,” meanwhile, slipped 25% to a 4.0 in its second airing, although that was good enough for a tie for highest-rated show of the night. “Newlyweds” (3.6) fell 12% in its second outing.
Fox was second (2.6) with its animation block, featuring new episodes of “The Simpsons” (3.5) and “King of the Hill” (3.0). At the tail end of the night was “Unhitched,” which tied last week’s premiere with a 2.6.

“Unhitched” aired last week a half-hour later due to NASCAR coverage on Fox, and this was its first week in its scheduled time slot.

NBC was third with repeats (2.0), while CBS zipped into fourth (1.9) on average showings from “Big Brother” (2.2) and “Dexter” (1.9). “60 Minutes” was low with a 1.8, down 14% from last week.

The CW was fifth (0.5) with repeats and on par showings from “Everybody Hates Chris” (0.5) and “Aliens in America” (0.4).

Friday

NBC won a tight race Friday, with a 2.2, on the shoulders of “Amnesia” (1.6) and a two-hour “Dateline” (2.6), which was the highest-rated show of the night.

CBS was a close second (2.1), with repeats and a prime-time “The Price Is Right.” “Price” recovered 14% from last week.

Fox was in repeats, but still scored third place (2.0).

ABC had new episodes of “20/20” (1.7, 1.9) for fourth (1.6).

The CW (1.5) brought up the rear with “Friday Night Smackdown!” (1.5).

Saturday

Cop shows (“Cops” and “America’s Most Wanted”) easily helped Fox win the night with a 2.4.
Repeats dominated the rest of the schedule, with the pecking order for Saturday coming in as CBS second (1.7), NBC third (1.4) and ABC fourth (0.9).

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