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ABC Wins Sunday Ratings With ‘Housewives’

May 11, 2009 12:53 PM

On a night dominated by season finales across the networks, ABC won Sunday, while NBC's “Celebrity Apprentice” helped the network finish in second place.

Desperate Housewives

(Note: Viewership among adults 18-49 hit 33.6%, the lowest Sunday night this season, probably due to the Mothers’ Day holiday.)

ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” scored a 4.1 rating/11 share among adults 18-49 and pulled in 12.1 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s episode was the No. 1 show of the night, even though it posted a 7% decrease over last week and scored a new series low.

“Housewives’” performance did not help the season finale of “Brothers & Sisters” (3.0/8, 8.8 million), which remained flat over last week and dipped 14% below the previous season-to-date average. At 7 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.9/7, 7 million) slipped 17% over last week, while “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (2.6/8, 8.2 million) scored its lowest original rating for the season at 8 p.m.

NBC kicked off the night with a new “Dateline” (0.9/3, 4 million), followed by the three-hour season finale of “Celebrity Apprentice” (3.1/9, 8.7 million). Last night’s finale was on par with last week’s performance and flat form the show’s season-to-date average. It dipped 31% over 2008’s “Apprentice” finale (Thurs., March 27). During the final hour, “Celebrity” edged out season finales on the other networks to win the 10 p.m. slot.

CBS aired season finales against “Celebrity Apprentice” as well, to mixed results. While “The Unit” (2.4/7, 9.7 million) remained flat over last week in the 10 p.m. hour, both “The Amazing Race” (3.0/9, 10.4 million) and “Cold Case” (2.6/7, 11.8 million) decreased from last week (6% and 10%, respectively). Additionally, “Race” posted slight decreases compared with recent season finales. CBS aired “60 Minutes” (1.5/6, 10 million) at 7 p.m.

Fox’s “Sit Down, Shut Up” (0.7/3, 1.6 million) continued on its downward trend, descending to its lowest rating to date and posting a 13% drop over last week’s episode in its new, earlier 7 p.m. time slot. At 7:30 p.m., “American Dad” was a repeat. “The Simpsons” (2.5/8, 5.2 million) and “King of the Hill” (1.8/5, 4.1 million) took the biggest hits among the network’s programs for the night compared with last week, as “Simpsons” dipped 22% and “Hill” fell 28%. “Family Guy” (3.2/9, 6.5 million) was down 9% over last week, while an original “American Dad” decreased 14%.

The CW aired an encore of “Jericho” from 6:30-7:30 p.m., followed by the film “The Spy Who Loved Me.”

For the night: ABC (2.9/9, 9 million) claimed its fourth consecutive Sunday night win, followed by NBC (2.5/8, 7.6 million), CBS (2.4/7, 10.5 million), Fox (1.9/6, 4.4 million) and The CW (0.3/1, 1 million).

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Comments (1)

Jay:

Thank God we won't be submitted to seeing Joan Rivers on a Sunday night for a long time to come (hopefully never). Shame on NBC for what was quite evident of a "fix" on this year's Celebrity Apprentice. Hopefully Joan and her daughter can go back in the hole they climbed out of. Whatever they had left of their career is done!!! Although a halloween mask of her face might make a scary hot item come October.

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