Tight Sunday Race Between CBS and ABC

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Fast National ratings for Sunday, May 13, 2007.

There may not have been a huge outpouring of interest for the "Survivor: Fiji" finale, but it helped keep CBS competitive on Sunday night.

Overall, CBS averaged a 7.2 rating/13 share and 12.16 million viewers in primetime, beating ABC's 7.1 rating/13 share and 11.25 million viewers. FOX was a distant third with a 3.4/6, followed closely by NBC's 3.3/6. The CW was last with a 1.4/3.

ABC grabbed top prize among adults 18-49, doing a 4.0 rating in the key demographic. CBS wasn't far behind with a 3.7 rating, with FOX's 2.6 rating good enough for third. NBC's 1.7 rating and the 0.7 rating for The CW trailed.

CBS began the night in first with "60 Minutes" turning in a 6.3/13 for the 7 p.m. hour. ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" was second, better than the 3.1/7 for NBC's "Dateline." FOX was fourth with two episodes of "King of the Hill" averaging a 2.2/5. A repeat of "7th Heaven" had The CW in fifth.

The first hour of "Survivor: Fiji" had a 7.4/13 to keep CBS on top for the 8 p.m. hour. ABC improved to a 6.1/11 for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." FOX was third with a 4.0/7 for two episodes of "The Simpsons," edging out the first hour of "Shrek" on NBC. On The CW, the second series finale of "7th Heaven" had a 2.1/4.

ABC grabbed first in the 9 p.m. hour with the 10.0/16 for "Desperate Housewives." CBS' "Survivor: Fiji" improved to an 8.1/13, but the network dropped to second. NBC's second hour of "Shrek" had a 4.2/7 to beat FOX's "Family Guy" and "American Dad," while The CW trailed with an "America's Next Top Model" encore.

"Brothers & Sister" helped ABC close the night in first with an 8.1/14. The "Survivor: Fiji" results and live reunion show had a 7.2/12 for second. Nobody really watched "Thank God You're Here" on NBC.

In other ratings news, Saturday night's ratings race found all four networks in a tight bunch. Overall, CBS rode its procedural repeats and "48 Hours Mystery" to a 4.3/9, nipping NBC's 4.2/8. Among adults 18-49, CBS and ABC posted matching 1.5 ratings, while FOX and NBC were right behind with a 1.4 rating tie.

  • 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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