TV ratings: Another split verdict for CBS, ABC

Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 26, 2009

Another fairly quiet Sunday in the ratings ended with CBS and ABC sharing the top spot.

The two networks tied for the lead in households at 6.2/10, but CBS had a slight edge in total viewers, drawing just over 10 million to ABC's 9.8 million. NBC came in third at 4.3/7. FOX, 2.7/5, finished fourth, and The CW trailed with a 0.7/1.

ABC grabbed the top spot among adults 18-49 with a 3.2 rating. CBS and FOX tied for second at 2.2, a little ahead of NBC's 2.0. The CW managed only a 0.3.

CBS' "60 Minutes" started the night on top with a 6.7/13. "America's Funniest Home Videos" earned a 4.4/8 for ABC. "Dateline NBC" averaged 3.1/6, beating the 1.6/3 for an "American Dad" rerun and "King of the Hill" on FOX. The CW went with "Jericho."

"The Amazing Race" (6.0/10) kept CBS in the lead at 8. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," 5.3/9, was second for ABC. A second hour of "Dateline" delivered a 3.6/6, keeping NBC in front of FOX and "The Simpsons," 3.5/6, and "Sit Down, Shut Up," 2.5/4. The movie "Four Weddings and a Funeral" aired on The CW.

ABC took over at 9 with "Desperate Housewives," the night's most-watched show at 8.5/13. CBS slipped one spot to second with "Cold Case," 6.5/10. "The Celebrity Apprentice" scored a 4.8/7 for NBC. FOX finished its night with "Family Guy," 4.0/6, and "American Dad," 3.0/5, staying well ahead of The CW's movie.

"Brothers & Sisters" delivered a 6.4/11 for ABC at 10. "The Celebrity Apprentice" and CBS' "The Unit" each drew a 5.6/9, with CBS drawing a few more viewers and NBC leading in adults 18-49.

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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