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ABC Takes Narrow Ratings Win on Sluggish Sunday

Apr 18, 2011  •  Post A Comment

All of the broadcast networks struggled in the ratings Sunday night, with ABC eking out a narrow win in the 18-49 demo, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.

ABC wound up with a 2.0 average rating in adults 18-49, just ahead of Fox (1.9 average), CBS (1.9) and NBC (1.8). In total viewers, it was CBS on top with an average of 9.5 million, topping ABC (7.3 million), NBC (5.8 million) and Fox (4.1 million).

At 7 p.m. ABC’s "America’s Funniest Home Videos" was No. 1 with a mere 1.6 in the 18-49 demo, ahead of CBS’s "60 Minutes" with a 1.3 and NBC’s "Dateline" with a 0.9, both in the same demo.

At 8 p.m. CBS’s "Amazing Race" led the way with a 2.3 in the 18-49 demographic. At 8:30, Fox’s "American Dad" had a 2.2 in the 18-49 demo. ABC’s "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" netted a 1.9 and NBC’s "America’s Next Great Restaurant" a 1.2 for the hour.

The 9 p.m. hour had the evening’s top-rated show, Fox’s "Family Guy," with a 3.0 in the 18-49 demo, followed by "Cleveland Show" with a 2.3. ABC’s "Desperate Housewives" and NBC’s "Celebrity Apprentice" had a 2.7 and a 2.3, respectively. CBS’s "Undercover Boss" trailed with a 1.9.

The second hour of "Celebrity Apprentice" won the 10 p.m. hour with a 2.7 in the 18-49 demo, while CBS’s "CSI: Miami" and ABC’s "Brothers & Sisters" logged a 2.2 and a 1.7, respectively.

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