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Sunday Ratings: Housewives Keys ABC Win; Sit Down, Shut Up Premieres Mixed

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April 20th, 2009

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Scoreboard ABC FOX NBC CBS Uni CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.1/8 2.5/7 2.3/6 2.0/5 0.9/2 0.3/1
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.6/9 2.9/9 1.8/5 1.3/4 0.9/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 9.618 5.118 6.651 10.477 2.416 0.905

While it was far from a dominant win, new episodes of Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters lead ABC to the top for adults 18-49 on Sunday night. Fox's Sit Down, Shut Up won the adults 18-34 demo for its half hour, but finished third for adults 18-49 against limited competition.

NBC's Miss USA Pageant was down about 18% from last year's telecast. CBS's Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sandler was nearly unwatched by anyone under 50. Perhaps if the network was interested in shedding its "old folks" image it might rethink programming those specials. It's interesting that a new King of the Hill was almost entirely missed at 7:30. Perhaps viewers have become trained to repeats in that period for Fox.

You can see overnight reports for past Sundays to compare.

Full details:


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share 18-34 Rating 18-34 Share Viewers Live+SD (000s)
7:00 ABC America's Funniest Home Videos  2.0 7  1.6 6  6,944
  CBS 60 Minutes  1.8 6  1.0 4  11,431
  FOX American Dad (repeat)  1.1 4  1.2 5  2,492
  NBC Miss USA Pageant  1.0 3  0.8 3  3,727
  UNI Hora Pico  0.5 2  0.5 2  1,172
  CW Jericho (repeat)  0.2 1  0.2 1  628
               
7:30 ABC America's Funniest Home Videos  2.4 7  1.8 6  8,323
  CBS 60 Minutes  1.9 6  1.1 4  12,309
  FOX King of the Hill  1.6 5  1.8 6  3,344
  NBC Miss USA Pageant  1.1 4  1.1 4  4,108
  UNI Hora Pico  0.5 1  0.5 2  1,319
  CW Jericho (repeat)  0.2 1  0.2 1  590
               
8:00 FOX The Simpsons  3.0 9  3.4 11  6,500
  CBS Amazing Race  2.9 8  2.0 6  10,409
  ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (repeat)  2.0 6  1.5 5  7,006
  NBC Miss USA Pageant  1.5 4  1.5 5  5,382
  UNI Nuestra Belleza Latina  0.8 2  0.8 3  2,287
  CW At First Sight (movie)  0.3 1  0.2 1  1,112
               
8:30 CBS Amazing Race  3.0 8  2.0 6  10,395
  ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (repeat)  2.5 6  1.9 6  8,110
  FOX Sit Down, Shut Up (premiere)  2.3 6  2.7 8  5,210
  NBC Miss USA Pageant  1.9 5  2.0 6  6,708
  UNI Nuestra Belleza Latina  1.0 3  1.1 3  2,924
  CW At First Sight (movie)  0.2 1  0.1 0  1,034
               
9:00 ABC Desperate Housewives  4.6 11  4.0 11  13,455
  FOX Family Guy  3.8 9  4.7 13  7,404
  NBC Celebrity Apprentice  2.9 7  2.0 5  7,746
  CBS Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (movie)  1.5 4  0.9 2  10,243
  UNI Nuestra Belleza Latina  1.1 3  1.1 3  3,186
  CW At First Sight (movie)  0.3 1  0.2 0  1,020
               
9:30 ABC Desperate Housewives  4.9 11  4.1 11  13,841
  NBC Celebrity Apprentice  3.2 7  2.2 6  8,161
  FOX American Dad  3.0 7  3.5 9  5,758
  CBS Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (movie)  1.5 4  1.0 3  9,772
  UNI Nuestra Belleza Latina  1.2 3  1.2 3  3,320
  CW At First Sight (movie)  0.3 1  0.2 0  1,046
               
10:00 ABC Brothers & Sisters  3.6 9  3.1 9  10,169
  NBC Celebrity Apprentice  3.2 8  2.3 7  8,501
  CBS Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (movie)  1.6 4  1.0 3  9,798
  UNI Zone de Guerra  0.9 2  0.9 3  2,697
               
10:30 NBC Celebrity Apprentice  3.3 9  2.3 7  8,877
  ABC Brothers & Sisters  3.1 8  2.6 8  9,094
  CBS Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (movie)  1.5 4  1.0 3  9,459
  UNI Zone de Guerra  0.9 2  0.9 3  2,421

 

Shows are sorted by 18-49 rating in each time slot.

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