ABC Edges CBS on Sunday

Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 29, 2007.

Ratings for "Desperate Housewives" are down, but the soapy drama was still able to push ABC to a narrow win on the first Sunday of May sweeps.

Overall, ABC and CBS posted the same 7.4 rating/13 share, though ABC had the advantage in total viewers. NBC was a distant third with a 4.3/8, followed closely by FOX's 3.9/7. The CW brought up the rear with a 1.2/2.

ABC won big among adults 18-49, with a 4.4 rating in the key demographic. FOX moved up to second with a 3.1 rating, leaving CBS' 2.7 rating stuck in third. NBC had a 1.7 rating for fourth and The CW stayed fifth with a 0.7 rating.

CBS started the night strong with the 7.1/14 for "60 Minutes." ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" was second, just ahead of the 4.3/9 for "Dateline NBC." FOX's two episodes of "King of the Hill" finished fourth with a 2.4/5, leaving The CW last with a repeat of "7th Heaven."

NBC moved up to first in the 8 p.m. hour with the 6.4/11 for "Dateline," nipping the 6.3/11 for ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." CBS' "Amazing Race: All-Stars" had a 5.8/10 for third, bettering FOX's numbers for two episodes of "The Simpsons." The CW had a 1.8/3 for a new "7th Heaven."

At 9 p.m., ABC moved into first with the 10.8/17 for "Desperate Housewives." CBS was second with a 7.8/12 for "Cold Case." FOX's "Family Guy" and "American Dad" were third with a 4.6/7 between then, leaving NBC's "Along Came Polly" and The CW's "America's Next Top Model" at the back of the pack.

CBS moved back into first at 10 p.m. with an 8.9/15 for "Without a Trace." ABC's new "Brothers & Sisters" was a solid second at 7.9/13. NBC's Ben Stiller movie failed to make much of a ripple.

In other ratings news, CBS won Saturday night with a procedural repeat-fueled 4.2/8, just ahead of the 3.9/8 for NBC and FOX's 3.5/7. As usual, FOX used "Cops" and "America's Most Wanted" to earn a 2.0 rating and win the key 18-49 demographic.

  • Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.
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