Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 12, 2009
A sudden-death playoff for the Masters golf championship helped boost CBS to a ratings win on Easter Sunday.
CBS averaged a 6.9 rating/12 share for the night (because of the late-ending live golf coverage, the numbers will change a bit in final nationals). NBC, 4.6/8, finished second in households, but ABC, 4.5/8, brought in more total viewers. FOX came in fourth at 2.3/4, and The CW trailed with a paltry 0.7/1.
CBS also led among adults 18-49 with a 2.9 rating. ABC and NBC tied for second in the advertisers' favorite demographic with a 2.3. FOX averaged 1.8 and The CW only 0.3.
The Masters and "60 Minutes" combined for an 8.4/17 on CBS at 7 p.m. An "America's Funniest Home Videos" rerun, 3.6/7, gave ABC second place in viewers, even though "Dateline NBC" had a slightly higher household rating (3.7/7). Reruns of "American Dad" and "King of the Hill" averaged 1.5/3 for FOX. The CW aired its usual "Jericho" rerun.
CBS stayed on top at 8 with the conclusion of "60 Minutes" and "The Amazing Race," averaging 6.9/12 for the hour. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," 4.8/8, kept ABC ahead of NBC and "Dateline." Repeats of "The Simpsons," 2.6/5, and "King of the Hill," were fourth for FOX, while the movie "Three Strikes" scored a 0.7/1 for The CW.
The second hour of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," 6.4/10, moved ABC into the top spot at 9. CBS fell to second as "The Amazing Race" and "Cold Case" combined for a 6.1/10. "The Celebrity Apprentice" drew a 4.6/7 for NBC, topping the 2.9/5 average for "Family Guy" and "American Dad" on FOX. The CW's movie improved a little in its second hour.
CBS regained the lead at 10 p.m. as "Cold Case" and "The Unit" averaged 6.4/11. "The Celebrity Apprentice" improved to 5.4/9 for NBC. A "Desperate Housewives" rerun on ABC earned a 3.1/5.
Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.
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