|Scoreboard for Sun. May 11, 2008|
|Total Viewers (million)||11.76||11.49||4.76||3.97||1.19|
|Rating/Share: Adults 18-49||3.6/10||4.0/11||2.3/6||1.1/3||0.5/1|
CBS beat ABC out by a nose in total viewers, but ABC bested CBS by more than 10% in the 18-49 demographic. CBS was fueled by three hours worth of Survivor: Micronesia season finale (won by Parvati) and reunion. ABC had it's typical (as of late) Sunday night lineup and won the 18-49 demo every hour other than 8pm-9pm when the first hour of Survivor nipped Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Desperate Housewives was back in the low 15 millions but still pulled a powerful 5.5/14 in the 18-49 demographic, that's down from 16.63m and a 6.2/16 only a week ago though. Still comparatively speaking things looked relatively pleasant for ABC and CBS. We wonder if the day is coming where NBC, like The CW before it simply cancels its Sunday night lineup and rents the bandwidth. Last night would certainly have been a good night to do just that. The peacocks' best performer was a repeat of Law & Order: SVU, and it was crushed by both the season finale of Brothers & Sisters and the Survivor: Micronesia reunion show. Even America's Favorite Mom didn't fare all that well on Mother's Day. Kind of sad. Not Quarterlife sad or anything, but still. Two hours of repeats of The Office however, was somewhat Quarterlife-esque
There can't really be much doubt about why the CW opted to bail out of programming Sunday night. Look for a couple of CW's shows here to land in what will be the post-Smackdown Friday night wasteland of CW programming.
And the saying for this year's upfront presentation seems to be "Flat is the new up!" With that in mind, props to CBS, Mark Burnett Productions and Survivor: Micronesia. This year's finale averaging 12.98m, while down from last year's 13.68 million had a 4.4/12 in the overnights this year versus last year's final number of 4.4/14.
FOX didn't have a particularly great night with its animation block. A new airing of The Simpsons could not quite reach a 3.0 in the 18-49 demographic. But Family Guy, the anchor of FOX's Sunday nights these days was a rerun. I guess reruns during a May sweeps Sunday are not just an NBC thing.
Sunday night's details:
|Time||Network||Show||Viewers (Millons)||18-49 Rating/Share|
|7:00||ABC||America's Funniest Home Videos||7.78||2.4/8|
|NBC||America's Favorite Mom||5.13||1.3/4|
|FOX||King of the Hill (Repeat)||2.38||1.1/4|
|CW||Americas Next Top Model (Repeat)||0.99||0.4/1|
|7:30||FOX||The Simpsons (Repeat)||3.71||1.8/6|
|8:00||ABC||Extreme Makeover: Home Edition||11.93||4.0/11|
|NBC||The Office (Four Repeats 8p-10p)||2.59||0.9/3|
|CBS||Survivor: Micronesia (8p-10)||12.92||4.4/12|
|CW||Everybody Hates Chris||1.24||0.5/1|
|8:30||FOX||King of the Hill||4.99||2.5/7|
|CW||Aliens in American||1.12||0.4/1|
|FOX||Family Guy (Repeat)||5.81||2.7/7|
|10:00||ABC||Brothers & Sisters||11.02||4.0/10|
|NBC||Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)||5.58||1.6/4|
|CBS||Survivor: Micronesia Reunion||10.84||3.9/10|
Nielsen Ratings Source: Nielsen Media Research. Full night's results available via Marc Berman/Mediaweek.
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