ABC Has Prescription for Sunday Victory

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Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 30, 2006

"Desperate Housewives" and "Grey's Anatomy" returned to original episodes Sunday, in turn giving ABC a resounding win among younger viewers, though the overall numbers were fairly close.

ABC scored a 10.0 rating/16 share for the night to beat CBS' 9.2/15 (the gap was somewhat wider among total viewers, with ABC averaging 16 million to CBS' 13.9 million). NBC finished third with a 5.7/9. FOX, 4.1/7, came in fourth, and The WB trailed with a 1.6/3.

Among adults 18-49, ABC's 6.8 rating was more than double that of second-place FOX, 3.3. NBC's 2.7 was good for third, followed by CBS, 2.6, and The WB, 1.0.

CBS started the night in front as "60 Minutes" delivered a 7.8/14 at 7 p.m. "Dateline," 5.1/8, put NBC in second among households, though "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," 5.0/8, brought in a few more total viewers for ABC. A "Simpsons" rerun, 2.8/5, and "King of the Hill," 3.4/6, were fourth for FOX. The WB aired two "Reba" repeats.

"Cold Case" kept CBS in the lead at 8 p.m. with a 9.2/15, holding off a second hour of "EM: Home Edition," 8.3/13. "The West Wing" was third for NBC. "The Simpsons," 5.1/8, and the season finale of "The War at Home," 4.4/7, helped FOX hang onto fourth. "Charmed" averaged 2.1/3 for The WB.

"Desperate Housewives," 13.4/20, catapulted ABC into first place at 9 p.m. CBS got a solid 9.7/14 from the movie "Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise." NBC stayed in third with "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," 6.2/9. FOX finished its night with "Family Guy," 4.8/7, and "American Dad," 4.2/6. A second episode of "Charmed" wrapped things up for The WB.

At 10 p.m., "Grey's Anatomy" scored a 13.3/21 for ABC. CBS' movie concluded with a 10.0/16, and NBC's "Crossing Jordan" came in at 6.1/10.

  • 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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