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ABC Wins Sunday; No Crown for NBC’s ‘Kings’

March 16, 2009 11:40 AM

ABC finished first Sunday night with the top two shows, “Desperate Housewives” and “Brothers & Sisters,” while the premiere of NBC’s “Kings” failed to find a strong following.

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At 9 p.m., “Desperate Housewives” pulled a 5.0 rating/12 share among adults 18-49 and 14.2 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. “Housewives” was up 6% from last week, but down 11% from its previous season-do-date average. “Brothers & Sisters” followed with a 3.7/9 (10.6 million), up 9% from the week before. New episodes of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (2.1/7, 7.5 million) and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (3.0/8, 9.4 million) helped give the network a 3.5/9 (10.5 million) for the night.

CBS took second for the night with an average 2.7/7 (11.7 million). “60 Minutes” (2.2/7, 12.6 million) was flat with last week, while “The Amazing Race” (3.0/8, 10.4 million) and “Cold Case” (2.9/7, 12.9 million) were each down just a tick. At 10 p.m., “The Unit” (2.7/7, 10.9 million) was up 17% over last week.

Fox’s animation block helped give the network third for the night with a 2.2/6 (2.2/6, 4.8 million). In the 8 p.m. hour both “The Simpsons” (2.8/8, 6 million) and “King of the Hill” (2.4/6, 5.4 million) remained flat over last week. “Family Guy” (3.6/9, 7.2 million) was down a tick and came in as the night’s No. 3 show, while “American Dad” (2.9/7, 5.8 million) was up 7% from the prior week. In the 7 p.m. hour, Fox kicked off the night with back to back episodes of “Hole in the Wall” (0.7/2, 1.9 million and 0.9/3, 2.4 million).

The two-hour premiere of NBC’s “Kings” came in at a not-so-royal 1.6/4 (6 million). Last night’s telecast tied as the network’s second lowest-rated premiere of the season, behind last week’s debut of “The Chopping Block” and tying last fall’s “Crusoe.” At 10 p.m., “The Celebrity Apprentice” pulled a 2.7/7 (6.7 million), down 16% from its two-hour telecast last week. The network opened the night with “Dateline” (1.1/4, 4.3 million), and wrapped up fourth with a 1.8/5 (5.7 million).

The CW aired “Jericho” (0.2/1, 0.7 million) and a presentation of the film “Moonstruck” (0.3/1, 1.2 million), averaging a 0.2/1 (1 million) for the night.

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