TV Ratings Sunday: Blame NBA All-Stars? 'Amazing Race' Off to Slow Start; 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Brothers & Sisters' & Fox Animations Rise, But...

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February 21st, 2011

Scoreboard FOX ABC CBS NBC Uni
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.4/7 2.3/7 2.2/6 1.6/5 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.5/8 1.5/5 1.2/4 1.0/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 5.214 8.765 10.404 5.762 1.656

Update 11:25a PT: Presidents Day might have played a role with last night's results, but some of the blame can be put on the NBA All-Star Game which pulled a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating and over 9 million viewers.

FOX edged out ABC for a nightly win with adults 18-49, and ABC edged out CBS for second place.  CBS of course won with total viewers.

The Amazing Race got off to a slow start with a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, down from a 2.8 rating a year ago on February 21, 2010.  For the hour, it tied with Extreme Makeover: Home edition, though "Makeover" had a few more total viewers.

Both Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters were up from last week when they were pummeled to lows by the Grammy Awards.  "Housewives" was up 15% to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating and "Brothers & Sisters" was up 12%, but still couldn't quite manage a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, settling for a 1.9 rating.  All the Fox animations were up a bit from last Sunday too,  but considering there were no Grammy Awards this week, it seemed a pretty slow Sunday night.

Relatively speaking, the SNL "Backstage" special pulled impressive numbers averaging a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49 from 9p-11p and tying for the lead in 18-49 for the 10pm hour.

Both Undercover Boss and CSI: Miami were down from their last originals, 'Boss' significantly, but "Miami" only 6%,

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, February 20, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
7:00 ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.9/6 8.11
FOX The Simpsons (R) 1.6/5 3.82
CBS 60 Minutes 1.4/4 11.40
NBC Dateline NBC 0.8/3 4.68
7:30 FOX American Dad 2.0/6 4.27
8:00 FOX The Simpsons 2.8/8 6.35
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2.4/7 9.53
CBS Amazing Race: Unfinished Business (Premiere) 2.4/7 9.14
NBC Saturday Night Live Just Commercials (R) 1.5/4 5.58
8:30 FOX Bob's Burgers 2.2/6 4.87
9:00 FOX Family Guy 3.3/8 6.56
ABC Desperate Housewives 3.1/8 10.48
CBS Undercover Boss 2.6/7 10.61
NBC Saturday Night Live Backstage 2.1/5 6.50
9:30 FOX Cleveland Show 2.6/7 5.42
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami 2.2/6 10.47
NBC Saturday Night Live Backstage 2.2/6 6.29
ABC Brothers & Sisters 1.9/5 6.94


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