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Fast National ratings for Sunday, May 20, 2007

A night of season finales on ABC led the network to a fairly dominant ratings win on Sunday.

ABC averaged an 8.1 rating/14 share in primetime, topping second-place CBS, 5.4/9, by a wide margin. FOX came in third at 4.3/7 (but trailed CBS by only about 270,000 viewers), followed by NBC at 3.8/6. The CW was well back at 1.0/2.

The adults 18-49 trophy also went to ABC, which drew a 4.6 rating in the key demographic. FOX took second at 3.5, and no one else managed to top 2.0: NBC was third at 1.9, followed by CBS at 1.5 and The CW at 0.6.

CBS started the night with "60 Minutes" earning a 7.2/14 at 7 p.m. The first half of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's" season finale posted a 4.6/9 for ABC. "Dateline" put NBC in third, beating the 2.7/5 for two "King of the Hill" episodes on FOX. The CW aired a "7th Heaven" repeat.

"EM: Home Edition" improved to 7.5/13 at 8 p.m., moving ABC into the lead. The season finale of "The Simpsons," including the show's 400th episode, scored a 5.3/9 for FOX. CBS got a 4.8/8 from the movie "Million Dollar Baby," beating out NBC's airing of "National Treasure." A repeat of "Gilmore Girls" earned a 1.1/2 for The CW.

The "Desperate Housewives" finale, 11.8/18, grabbed the night's biggest audience for ABC at 9 p.m. FOX held onto second with the season finales of "Family Guy," 5.2/8, and "American Dad," 4.5/7. CBS' movie stayed in third, a little ahead of "National Treasure," 4.2/6, on NBC. "America's Next Top Model" ran on The CW.

At 10 p.m., "Brothers & Sisters" wrapped up its season with an 8.6/14. The movies on CBS and NBC tied for second in households at 4.8/8, with NBC bringing in more viewers.

On Saturday, CBS led a quiet evening with a 3.9/8. NBC, 3.4/7, finished second, and ABC and FOX tied for third at 3.2/6.

  • 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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