TV ratings: CBS and ABC split a soft Sunday


Fast National ratings for Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day didn't bring many ratings bouquets to the networks as ratings were soft across the dial. CBS and ABC ended up splitting the night.

CBS led the overall race with a 6.3 rating/11 share in primetime. ABC finished second at 5.6/10, topping the 4.8/9 for NBC. FOX, 2.7/5, came in fourth, while The CW could muster only a 0.7/1.

ABC grabbed the top spot among adults 18-49, albeit with only a 2.9 rating in the key advertising demographic. NBC took second at 2.5, edging CBS' 2.4. FOX averaged 1.9 and The CW a paltry 0.3.

CBS' "60 Minutes" drew a 6.3/13 at 7 p.m. "America's Funniest Home Videos" put ABC in second with a 3.9/8. "Dateline," 2.7/6, grabbed third for NBC, easily beating the 1.4/3 average for "Sit Down, Shut Up" and an "American Dad" rerun on FOX. "Jericho" and the movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" aired on The CW.

The finale of "The Amazing Race," 5.9/10, kept CBS in the lead at 8. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," 4.8/9, held onto second for NBC. The first hour of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" finale scored a 4.3/8. "The Simpsons," 3.0/6, and "King of the Hill," 2.5/4, kept FOX comfortably ahead of The CW's movie.

ABC's "Desperate Housewives" (7.6/12) scored one of its lowest ratings ever at 9, but still clocked in as the night's most-watched show. "Cold Case" earned a 7.2/12 for CBS. "The Celebrity Apprentice" improved to 5.7/9 on NBC. FOX closed its night with "Family Guy," 3.9/6, and "American Dad," 3.0/5. The CW finished up its movie.

At 10 p.m., the conclusion of "The Celebrity Apprentice" scored a 6.5/11 to give NBC the top spot. The "Brothers & Sisters" finale, 6.1/10, finished second in households for ABC, but "The Unit," 5.8/10, brought more viewers to CBS.

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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