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Ratings Chart Attack! is the TV industry’s destination for a daily dose of prime-time ratings. Delivering the daily scoop on which shows are scoring. TVWeek’s Sergio Ibarra calls the winners and losers, and what it means to broadcast network programmers. From day-in, day-out ratings to long-view trends and noteworthy performances, Ratings Chart Attack! delivers.

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Primetime Preliminary Sunday Ratings

 

7

7:30 8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

3.3 / 8

America's Funniest Home Videos

2.4 / 7

8 mil

Extreme Makeover

2.5 / 63

8 mil

Desperate Housewives

4.9 / 12

13.9 mil

Brothers & Sisters

3.1 / 8

9.1 mil

CBS

2.3 / 6

60 Minutes

2.0 / 6

13.1 mil

The Amazing Race

2.7 / 7

9.3 mil

Cold Case

2.4 / 6

10.8 mil

The Unit

2.1 / 6

8.3 mil

FOX

2.7 / 7

Nascar on Fox

2.3 / 7

5.5 mil

American Dad

1.6 / 4

3.4 mil

The Simpsons

3.2 / 8

6.8 mil

King of the Hill

2.5 / 6

5.3 mil

Family Guy

3.8 / 9

7.3 mil

American Dad

2.9 / 7

5.9 mil

No Programming

NBC

1.3 / 3

Dateline

1.7 /5

7.0 mil

Movie: XIII, Part 2

0.9 / 2

4.3 mil

CW

0.5 / 1

Jericho

0.3 / 1

0.9 mil

Movie: GoldenEye

0.6 / 1

1.8 mil

No Programming

Source: Nielsen Media Research

*Ratings are specified in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic and viewership in P2+.

A note about ratings: Ratings are expressed as percentages of Nielsen's estimated 114.5 million U.S. television households. The first number, the rating, is a percentage of households tuned into a specific program at a specific time.

The second number, the share, is a percentage of households with televisions in use tuned into that same program. For example, if a show obtains a 10.2/16, this means that 10.2% of all U.S. households tuned into the program at some point during the broadcast. Meanwhile, 16% of all households watching television during the time period viewed the program at some point. Ratings are broken down further by demographic, as networks sell advertising time based on the makeup of the audience.

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