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Ratings Chart Attack!

ABC Dramas Improve as Network Wins Sunday

April 28, 2008 12:57 PM

Housewives.jpg“Desperate Housewives” grew slightly from last week’s rocky post-strike return as ABC clinched the first Sunday win in May sweeps.

“Housewives” was up 6% to a 5.8 rating/14 share, up slightly from last week’s series low in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen data.

“Brothers & Sisters” (4.0/10) jumped 18% from last week. A two-part “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (2.3/7, 3.9/10) led off the night. The 8 p.m. episode, in “Makeover’s” usual slot, was down 13% from its last original telecast.

ABC placed first for Sunday night with a 4.0/11.

New episodes from Fox’s animation stable helped give the network second place with a 3.0/8. Increases abounded for the cartoon set from their previous original episodes, with “The Simpsons” (3.6/10) up 9%, “King of the Hill” (3.0/8) up 7%, “Family Guy” (4.3/10) up 5% and “American Dad” (3.3/8) up a big 32%.

CBS (2.1/6) ended its latest season of “Big Brother” (2.3/6) to little movement of the needle, tying its previous season average. “Cold Case” (2.7/6) bettered its last telecast by 8% and “Dexter” continues to hold steady at a 2.0/5.

NBC (1.3/4) is having little luck with repurposed USA Network shows “Psych” (1.0/2) and “Monk” (1.0/3). Both dipped again from last week’s small numbers. “Dateline” tied its previous season average with a 1.5/5.

The CW (0.5/1) had new episodes of “Everybody Hates Chris” (0.5/1), “Aliens in America” (0.4/1) and “The Game” (0.6/1), which were even with their previous season average.

On Friday, CBS (2.2/7) was the winner with an all-new lineup of “Ghost Whisperer” (2.3/9), “Moonlight” (2.1/7) and “Numb3rs” (2.2/7). “Whisperer” and “Numb3rs” were even from their previous average, while “Moonlight,” in its first original airing since the writers strike, was down 13% from its last original episode.

NBC (1.6/5) was second with a new “Dateline” (1.9/6), on par from last week. Fox and The CW tied for third with a 1.3/4.

ABC (1.2/4) was fifth with “20/20” (1.6/5) and “Duel” (0.9/3), which was the lowest-rated original show of the night.

Police shows won Saturday night for Fox (1.8/6), with ABC a close second (1.6/5) with a “Harry Potter” showing. CBS ranked third (1.1/4) and NBC was fourth with repeats (0.8/3).


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Firday's episode of Moonlight was superb! This is perhaps the very best original drama on television today. And Friday's episode was a knockout!

Let's hope the ratings improve for the remaining three original episodes.

It is frustrating to see a show not get the audience it deserves.


Moonlight's return was the best thing on television. I tivo most of my shows but Moonlight I just have to watch know. So happy to see it back. I hope CBS gives us a second season. Please watch Moonlight on friday night at 9 you will fall in love.

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