'Dateline' Carries NBC to Sunday Win

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Fast National ratings for Sunday, July 16, 2006

Strong ratings for its newsmagazine "Dateline" led NBC to a Nielsen win Sunday, while FOX managed to grab the biggest share of younger viewers.

NBC averaged a 5.4 rating/10 share in primetime, beating out CBS, 4.7/8. ABC finished third at 3.5/6. FOX took fourth with a 2.7/5, and The WB trailed at 1.2/2.

Among adults 18-49, FOX's 2.1 rating edged NBC's 2.0 for the No. 1 spot. ABC and CBS tied for third at 1.8, while The WB managed only a 0.8.

CBS started the night on top with "60 Minutes," 5.6/11. The first half of a two-hour "Dateline" scored a 4.9/10 for NBC. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" was third for ABC. "Malcolm in the Middle" and "King of the Hill" averaged 2.0/4 for FOX. The WB got a 1.3/3 from two episodes of "Reba."

"Dateline" jumped up to a 7.4/13, the night's best rating, at 8 p.m. A second hour of "EM: Home Edition" drew a 3.8/7, tying for second with "Big Brother: All-Stars" on CBS. An hour of "The Simpsons" and "American Dad" averaged 3.0/6 for FOX. The WB's "Charmed" was fifth.

NBC stayed on top at 9 p.m. with "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," 5.1/9. CBS was right behind with a "Cold Case" repeat, 5.0/9. ABC's "Desperate Housewives" repeat earned a 3.1/5, tying for third in households with FOX's "Family Guy" and "The War at Home" (FOX had more total viewers). The WB ended its night with another episode of "Charmed."

There was a three-way pileup at 10 p.m., with CBS' "Without a Trace" and ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" each earning a 4.5/8 (CBS had a slight lead in viewers) and NBC's "Crossing Jordan" coming in at 4.4/8.

On Saturday, ABC's showing of the movie "Unbreakable" led in households with a 3.0/6, although NBC, 2.9/6, had the most viewers for the night. CBS also averaged 2.9/6, and FOX came in at 2.8/6.

  • 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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