On its second Sunday, NBC’s Merlin nearly perfected its vanishing act, managing only an anemic 1.0 rating for the adults 18-49 demo. ABC’s Impact mini-series didn’t do much better, but the good news for ABC is that it’s over. Fox animated repeats needed only a 1.5 demo rating to rule the night.

ABC flip-flopped America’s Funniest Home Videos and Just For Laughs vs. last week, and both saw their ratings improve. 60 Minutes was up a tick in 18-49 demo from last week.

Note: Fast Nationals for FOX from 8-10p are approximate. FOX added a tribute to Michael Jackson at the beginning of The Simpsons resulting in irregular running times: The Simpsons aired until 8:34p, King of the Hill was 8:34-9:04p, Family Guy ran 9:04-9:34p and American Dad aired 9:34-10:03p.

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share 18-34 Rating 18-34 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos (repeat) 1.1 4 1.0 4 4.543
CBS 60 Minutes 1.1 4 0.6 2 8.549
NBC Dateline NBC 1.0 4 0.6 2 5.013
FOX King of the Hill (repeat) 0.8 3 0.8 3 1.895
CW Valentine 0.2 1 0.2 1 0.592
7:30 FOX American Dad (repeat) 1.1 4 1.1 4 2.284
ABC Just for Laughs 1.0 4 0.9 4 4.247
8:00 FOX The Simpsons (repeat) 1.6 5 1.7 6 3.289
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (repeat) 1.0 3 0.9 3 3.947
NBC Merlin 1.0 3 0.6 2 4.294
CBS Million Dollar Password (repeat) 0.9 3 0.6 2 6.456
CW Larger Than Life (movie) 0.2 1 0.2 1 0.838
8:30 FOX King of the Hill (repeat) 1.5 5 1.7 5 3.117
9:00 FOX Family Guy (repeat) 2.0 6 2.3 7 4.066
NBC Merlin 1.1 3 0.8 2 4.252
CBS Cold Case (repeat) 1.1 3 0.6 2 6.354
ABC Impact (mini-series, 2 of 2) 1.0 3 0.7 2 4.199
CW Larger Than Life (movie) 0.2 1 0.2 1 0.940
9:30 FOX American Dad (repeat) 1.7 5 2 6 3.377
10:00 NBC Law & Order: SVU (repeat) 1.1 3 0.9 3 3.932
ABC Impact (mini-series, 2 of 2) 1.1 3 0.5 2 4.660
CBS Without A Trace (repeat) 0.9 3 0.6 2 5.465

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

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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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