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TV ratings: 'Dream Builders' opens low; basketball boosts CBS

TV ratings: 'Dream Builders' opens low; basketball boosts CBS
Eddie George, Nate Berkus and Monica Pedersen on "American Dream Builders." (Tyler Golden/NBC)

NBC's home-renovation reality series "American Dream Builders" premiered with soft ratings on Sunday, according to early numbers from Nielsen, while "Believe" and "Crisis" struggled to build an audience.

Following a rerun of "The Voice," "American Dream Builders" averaged 3.6 million viewers overall and a 0.9 among advertiser-desired 18-49-year-olds. In the new show, hosted by designer Nate Berkus, 12 contestants compete to transform homes.  

The NBC sci-fi drama "Believe" and the thriller "Crisis" fell from last week to a 1.2 and a 1.3 in the key demographic, respectively. In 18-49, a ratings point equals roughly 1.3 million viewers.

CBS' numbers are subject to change because of a much-watched NCAA basketball telecast that ran 40 minutes into prime time, so statistics for "60 Minutes," "Amazing Race," "The Good Wife" and "The Mentalist" are tentative.

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If ratings hold, March Madness-boosted CBS was the night's top broadcaster and "The Good Wife," marked by a surprising death of a major character, got its best rating since January. Its rating of 1.5 is up 15% from last week in 18-49.

All ABC's prime time shows fell week-to-week, including the new drama "Resurrection," about residents of Arcadia, Mo., whose dead loved ones return.

"Resurrection" drew 9.2 million viewers and a 2.5 in the 18-49 demographic, down 19% from the last episode, though it was still strong compared with the broadcast competition.

"Walking Dead" ratings won't be released until later on Monday, but the AMC show is sure to be a major factor, tending to draw around 13 million viewers to each episode.

On Fox, "Bob's Burgers" managed to rise a bit to a 1.2 in 18-49 against the NCAA game, while "Cosmos" fell 15% week-to-week to a 1.7.

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