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ABC Wins Sunday; Fresh 'Case' Scores for CBS

March 31, 2008 1:08 PM

Cold Case

An original episode of “Cold Case” trickled back on to CBS last night to a marked improvement over its last new episode, while ABC made it six straight Sunday wins on the strength of its feel-good lineup.

ABC was home to the night's No. 2 and No. 3 shows, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “Oprah’s Big Give.” “Makeover” posted a 4.5 rating/11 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen research. “Oprah” pulled in a 3.9/9. They were up 12% and 15%, respectively, over last week’s Easter showings.

“America’s Funniest Home Videos” was flat against its previous season average with a 2.4/7, while “Here Come the Newlyweds” (3.1/8) was down slightly versus its previous average.

ABC ended the night with a 3.5/9.

Second-place CBS (3.0/8) will see some ratings movement due to NCAA overrun (5.4), which tends to upset preliminary numbers. “Cold Case” (2.6/7) was up 24% from its last original showing.

“60 Minutes” (3.1/8) and “Big Brother” (2.7/7) were up over their previous season averages (11% and 17%, respectively), while “Dexter” (1.9/5) was flat.

Fox (2.5/7) was third. New episodes of “The Simpsons” (3.4/9) and “King of the Hill” (2.7/7) and the season finale of “Unhitched” (2.1/5) were the highlights of the night.

Fourth-place NBC (1.4/4) aired a special “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” (0.6/2) and “Dateline” (1.7/4), along with repeats from the “Law & Order” series.

The CW (0.6/2) had repeats along with new episodes of “Everybody Hates Chris” (0.5/1) and “The Game” (0.7/2), which were essentially flat week-to-week.

CBS handily won Friday and Saturday with NCAA basketball coverage (3.1/10 on Friday and 3.5/11 on Saturday). But, because of live television, those numbers are subject to change.

Noteworthy on Friday was Fox’s removal of series “The Return of Jezebel James” after just two weeks. “James,” with its 1.1/4 average, was traded in favor of a “Bones” repeat.

“Canterbury’s Law” made its Friday debut (1.2/4), down 40% from the 9 p.m. time period’s previous four-week average. The slot used to contain “House” repeats.

On Friday, NBC placed second (2.6/8), ABC placed third (1.7/5), Fox was fourth (1.3/4) and The CW was fifth (1.2/4).

On Saturday, Fox placed second (2.3/7), ABC placed third (1.6/5) and NBC placed fourth (1.3/4).

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