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ABC Wins Sunday as Season Draws to Close

May 19, 2008 12:37 PM

DesperateA hectic season is winding down as nine programs finished their runs over the weekend.

Sunday saw the season finale of “Desperate Housewives” on ABC, pulling in the night’s high score with a 6.1 rating/16 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic. The two-hour episode increased 9% above last week, helping ABC win the night with a 4.7/13.

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” also ended its season with a two-part episode, pulling in a 2.6/9 at 7 p.m. and a 3.8/11 at 8 p.m. The 8 p.m. episode fell 5% week-to-week, ringing up a tie with its season low.

“The 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards” (2.9/8) ticked up a slight 9% from last year, but was the second lowest rated CMA show since at least 1991. CBS finished second (2.6/7) for the night.

Fox (2.4/7) ended the seasons of “The Simpsons” (2.9/9), “King of the Hill” (2.6/7) and “American Dad” (2.7/7). All were essentially flat from last week.

NBC (1.3/4) finished fourth with repeats of “The Office.”

The CW (0.5/2) saw one of its last original self-programmed Sunday nights, as “Everybody Hates Chris” (0.5/2) and “The Game” (0.8/2) finished nearly on par with last week. “Aliens in America” (0.5/1) completed its series run with little fanfare.

Speaking of series finales, “Moonlight” (1.8/6) left CBS (2.0/7) for good on Friday. The show was down a tick from last week. It was also the lowest rated show of the night on the Eye, as “Ghost Whisperer” (2.0/7) and “Numbers” (2.3/7) finished their season runs right around average for the season.

ABC (1.7/6) finished second on Friday with the season finale of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.7/6) and “20/20” (1.9/6). Fox (1.2/4) and The CW (1.2/4) tied for third with “Dodgeball” on Fox and “Friday Night Smackdown” on The CW.

NBC (1.0/4) wound up last with “Dateline” (1.4/4) and an “American Gladiators” (0.9/3) repeat, falling 40% from the time period’s previous four-week average, mainly held by “Most Outrageous Moments” episodes.

Cop shows boosted Fox (1.6/6) to another Saturday win. ABC (1.3/5) finished second, CBS (1.0/4) third and NBC (0.8/3) fourth. Of note, “America’s Most Wanted” aired its 1,000th capture.

May 20, 1:10 p.m: "America's Most Wanted" stat corrected.


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Just a correction...

“America’s Most Wanted” aired its 1,000th capture NOT its 1,000th episode.


Good catch. The post has been updated.

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