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TV Ratings Sunday: Finales Of 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'CSI:Miami' Up; 'The Amazing Race' Hits Low

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May 9th, 2011


Scoreboard CBS FOX ABC NBC Uni
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.3/7 2.1/6 2.1/6 2.0/6 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.3/4 2.3/8 1.5/5 1.2/4 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 10.327 4.419 7.808 6.222 2.448

CBS topped the night's adults 18-49 ratings with a less than impressive 2.3 rating average as the two hour finale of  The Amazing Race's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating was down 4% from last week to its lowest rating finale ever. Bouncing up 4% from last week's Bin Ladened episode, the season finale of   CSI: Miami was still quite low at a 2.0 rating. Earlier in the evening, boosted by the interview with President Obama 60 Minutes 2.3 rating was up 53% from last week.

On ABC, the season finale of Brothers & Sisters was up 25% from the extremely low Bin Ladened episode last week to just a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. Earlier in the evening, Desperate Housewives' 2.8 rating was even with last week, America's Funniest Home Videos 1.7 rating was down 15% from last week, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's 2.1 rating was down 9%.

Fox's animation line up was up and down, with American Dad's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating down 6% (vs. 4/10), and The Simpsons 2.5 rating down 7% vs. last week. Bob's Burgers 2.0 rating was up 5% (vs. 4/10), while Family Guy's 3.2 rating was up 7% (vs. 4/17). Finishing the night, The Cleveland Show drew a 2.2 rating, down 4% (vs. 4/17).

A special three hour Celebrity Apprentice scored a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, down 23% from last week's 105 minute episode that was scrambled by the Bin Laden news, but it led NBC to its best Sunday night overall ratings since the Golden Globes. Earlier in the evening, Dateline NBC drew a 0.8 rating, down 33% vs. last Sunday's 7pm hour.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, May 8, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 CBS 60 Minutes 2.2 8 13.119
ABC AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME V 1.6 6 5.976
FOX THE Simpsons - R 1.0 4 2.321
NBC Dateline:  NBC 0.7 3 3.716
7:30 CBS 60 Minutes 2.4 8 14.470
ABC AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME V 1.8 6 6.806
FOX American Dad 1.5 5 3.254
NBC Dateline:  NBC 0.9 3 4.025
8:00 FOX THE Simpsons 2.5 8 5.480
CBS THE Amazing Race XVIII  - 2.4 7 9.162
ABC Extreme Makeover:  HOME E 1.9 6 7.571
NBC CELEBRITY APPRENTICE 1.8 6 5.602
8:30 CBS THE Amazing Race XVIII  - 2.5 7 8.855
ABC Extreme Makeover:  HOME E 2.2 6 8.407
NBC CELEBRITY APPRENTICE 2.1 6 6.287
FOX BOB'S Burgers 2.0 6 4.185
9:00 FOX Family Guy 3.2 8 6.515
ABC Desperate Housewives 2.8 7 9.597
CBS THE Amazing Race XVIII  - 2.4 6 8.393
NBC CELEBRITY APPRENTICE 2.4 6 7.251
9:30 ABC Desperate Housewives 2.9 7 9.749
CBS THE Amazing Race XVIII  - 2.7 7 9.241
NBC CELEBRITY APPRENTICE 2.4 6 6.864
FOX The Cleveland Show 2.2 5 4.756
10:00 NBC CELEBRITY APPRENTICE 2.6 7 7.731
CBS CSI:  MIAMI 2.0 5 9.552
ABC BROTHERS & SISTERS 2.0 5 7.202
10:30 NBC CELEBRITY APPRENTICE 2.9 8 8.305
CBS CSI:  MIAMI 2.0 5 9.824
ABC BROTHERS & SISTERS 1.9 5 7.155

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

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