TV Ratings: ABC splits sluggish Sunday with CBS

02.16.09 8 years ago

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Fast National ratings for Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009.

CBS’ dramas, plus the return of “The Amazing Race,” had a sluggish Sunday and allowed ABC to grab the key ratings demo for the night.

ABC averaged a 3.3 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, beating FOX’s 2.7 rating. CBS was third with a 2
.3 rating, followed by the 1.3 rating for NBC and The CW’s 0.5 rating.

Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 10.37 million viewers and a 6.4 rating/10 share. ABC was a close second with a 6.0/10, while NBC’s 3.4/6 and FOX’s 3.3/5 came next. The CW’s 1.0/2 was fifth.

CBS started the night with a commanding lead thanks to an 8.3/14 for “60 Minutes” in the 7 p.m. hour. ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos” was second with a 4.6/8. “Dateline NBC” took third, outdoing FOX’s NASCAR post-race and the 0.7/1 for The CW’s “Jericho.”

The premiere of “The Amazing Race” barely held onto first at 8 p.m. with a 5.5/9. The second house of “Dateline NBC” was a close second with a 5.4/9. ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” repeat was third. FOX’s “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill” were second with a 3.4/5, but the animated comedies won the hour in the 18-49 demo. The CW’s “GoldenEye” outperformed the netlet’s usual Sunday movie draw.

At 9 p.m. ABC grabbed first with an 8.6/13 for “Desperate Housewives.” CBS’ “Cold Case” was second with a 6.6/10. FOX’s “Family Guy” and “American Dad” averaged a 3.8/6, beating the second part of the NBC’s telefilm “XIII,” which had a 2.7/4 for the hour. The CW’s movie trailed.

ABC stayed in first in the 10 p.m. hour with a 6.1/10 for “Brothers & Sisters.” CBS’ “The Unit” took second with a 5.1/9. NBC’s telefilm dropped slightly and finished third.

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.

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