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ABC Scores Seventh Straight Sunday Win

April 7, 2008 12:44 PM

Oprah's Big Give

ABC took its seventh Sunday in a row on the back of its feel-good lineup, as “Oprah’s Big Give” and the season finale of “Here Come the Newlyweds” shared the top program spot for the night.

“Oprah” and “Newlyweds” pulled in a 3.2 rating/8 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen research.

It was a big dip for “Oprah,” off 18% week-to-week, but “Newlyweds” was up 7% to tie its previous season average.

“America’s Funniest Home Videos” (2.2) was flat, and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” was in repeats. ABC won the night with a 2.9/8.

Repeats of Fox’s animation block, along with a new “King of the Hill” (2.5/7), put Fox in second with a 2.3/6. A repeat of “Family Guy’s” Star Wars parody, “Blue Harvest,” was only a tenth of a ratings point away from tying “Oprah” and “Newlyweds.”

CBS (2.1/6) didn’t have the advantage of the NCAA basketball overrun this week. “60 Minutes” (1.4/5) was down 56% from last week, while “Big Brother” (2.1/6) dipped 19%. “Cold Case” (2.7/7) was flat, and “Dexter” was slightly up (2.1/5).

USA Network’s “Psych” (1.3/3) and “Monk” (1.5/4) arrived on NBC (1.5/4) to tepid numbers, off a respective 28% and 25% from their time periods’ previous four-week average, mainly held by “Law & Order” repeats and “Dateline.”

The CW (0.4) ended up fifth with repeats and new episodes of “Everybody Hates Chris” (0.4/1) and “The Game” (0.6/1), both down slightly from last week.

On Friday, CBS (2.3/7) returned with “Ghost Whisperer” (2.3/8) and “Numb3rs” (2.3/7). Good news: CBS won the night. Bad news: “Whisperer” and “Numb3rs” tied their series lows. “The Price Is Right” was in the 9 p.m. slot with a 2.2/7, up 16% from its last airing.

NBC (1.6/5) had “Amnesia” (1.3/4), which was flat, while “Dateline” (1.8/5) tumbled 44% from last week.

“Duel,” which had its season premiere on ABC (1.4/4) on Friday, arrived with a thud, pulling down a 1.2/4. “Duel” dropped 45% from its December debut and is ABC’s lowest original rating in that time period this season-to-date. ABC also had “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.5/5) and “20/20” (1.5/5).

The CW (1.4/5) tied for fourth with “Friday Night Smackdown!” (1.4/5).

Fox was in the five spot (1.3/4) with a “Bones” repeat and “Canterbury’s Law” (1.4/4), which posted a 27% gain from last week’s time-period premiere.

The NCAA basketball tournament led CBS to an easy Saturday win with a 4.5/15. Fox was second with a 1.9/6, followed by a tie for ABC and NBC (1.2/4).

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Comments (1)

I don't know what NBC thinks it's doing. I like Psych a whole lot, and I think it's good if a few more people can watch it, but I bet most of their viewers already have cable or satellite. There's really no need for these huge corporations to make their shows available on every channel they own.

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