TV Ratings Sunday: 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'Celebrity Apprentice' Rise Against Easter Repeats/Specials

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April 25th, 2011

Scoreboard ABC NBC CBS FOX Uni
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.2/6 2.0/6 1.7/5 1.2/4 0.9/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.4/5 1.0/3 1.3/5 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 7.715 6.002 9.148 3.189 2.383

ABC led the night with adults 18-49 and CBS had the most total viewers on Easter Sunday night. Fox ran repeats of The Simpsons and a repeat of The Simpsons Movie which performed well below the normal "Animation Domination" lineup.

CBS was in normal programming from 7-9p, but aired the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie  Beyond the Blackboard from 9-11p which underperformed the normal Undercover Boss and CSI: Miami.

ABC and NBC seemed to benefit, at least a little from Fox and CBS scheduling. Desperate Housewives was up 7% from last week to a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. Brothers & Sisters rose 12% to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.  Earlier in the night, Extreme Makeover Home Edition was up 10% to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC's Celebrity Apprentice was also up 12% to a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating between 9-11p.

60 Minutes was up 14% versus last week to a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating and The Amazing Race was up 4% to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, April 24, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
7:00 ABC America's Funniest Home Videos (R) 1.7/6 6.60
CBS 60 Minutes 1.6/6 10.32
NBC Dateline NBC 0.8/3 4.25
FOX The Simpsons (R) 0.8/3 2.07
7:30 FOX The Simpsons (R) 1.0/3 2.53
8:00 CBS Amazing Race 2.5/7 9.28
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2.2/6 7.77
FOX The Simpsons Movie (R) 1.2/4 3.39
NBC America's Next Great Restaurant 1.2/3 3.59
9:00 ABC Desperate Housewives 2.9/8 9.87
NBC Celebrity Apprentice 2.7/7 7.34
FOX The Simpsons Movie (R) 1.6/4 3.87
CBS Movie: Beyond the Blackboard 1.3/3 8.23
10:00 NBC Celebrity Apprentice 3.2/8 8.82
ABC Brothers & Sisters 1.9/5 6.63
CBS Movie: Beyond the Blackboard 1.3/4 8.76
Half Hour Numbers for Dramas
9:00 Desperate Housewives 2.9/8 9.77
9:30 Desperate Housewives 3.0/7 9.96
10:00 Brothers & Sisters 2.0/5 6.81
10:30 Brothers & Sisters 1.8/5 6.35

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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