Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 22, 2009
The combination of NCAA basketball and an interview with the president on "60 Minutes" carried CBS to the top of the ratings on Sunday.
CBS averaged an 8.3 rating/14 share for the night to lead the overall race by a comfortable margin over ABC, 6.5/11. NBC finished third at 4.1/7. FOX, 3.0/5, took fourth, and The CW posted its usual meager Sunday numbers, finishing with a 0.6/1.
CBS also led among adults 18-49 with a 3.5 rating. ABC was right behind at 3.4. FOX, 2.4, came in third in the demographic, followed by NBC, 2.1, and The CW, 0.3.
Coverage of the NCAA tournament extended until about 7:50 p.m. ET and combined with "60 Minutes" to average 9.5/17 for the hour (because of the live sports, the network's numbers will change some in the final nationals). NBC's "Dateline," 4.3/8, finished second in households, but "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.2/7) brought a few more viewers to ABC. Repeats of "American Dad" and "King of the Hill" averaged 1.5/3 for FOX, while The CW aired a "Jericho" repeat.
CBS improved to 9.9/16 at 8 p.m. with "60 Minutes," which featured an interview with President Obama, and the first few minutes of "The Amazing Race." ABC grabbed second with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," 5.8/9. "The Simpsons," 3.6/6, and "King of the Hill," 3.3/5, moved FOX ahead of NBC and "Kings," 2.9/5. The CW went with the movie "The Mod Squad."
"Desperate Housewives," 9.2/14, moved ABC into the lead at 9. "The Amazing Race" and the start of "Cold Case" combined for a 7.0/11 on CBS. "Family Guy," 4.5/7, and "American Dad," 3.7/6, kept FOX in third, just beating "The Celebrity Apprentice," 4.1/7, on NBC. The CW's movie trailed.
Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.