ABC took Sunday night with adults 18-49 with a middling 2.3 rating, narrowly edging out FOX and NBC which each scored a 2.2 rating with adults 18-49.  FOX won the night with younger adults 18-34 and CBS won the night with total viewers.

Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters did not set consecutive series lows, but to say they “bounced back” from last week’s lows is a bit of a stretch.  Desperate Housewives with a 3.3 preliminary 18-49 rating was barely ahead of last week’s series low 3.2 preliminary rating and Brothers & Sisters 2.4 rating with adults 18-49 was two-tenths better than last week’s 2.2 rating.

FOX ran new episodes of The Simpsons and American Dad, but it was a repeat of Family Guy that scored its best ratings for the night with a 3.2 rating with adults 18-49.

CBS took the 8pm hour with Amazing Race, but from 9pm-11pm the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story was hardly watched by adults 18-49 with a 1.2 rating. That was down significantly from the most recent Hallmark  Hall of Fame Movie, A Dog Named Christmas, which scored a 2.1 rating with adults 18-49 on 11/29/09.

NBC was led by Celebrity Apprentice, which was up about 20% from last week to a 3.0 rating between 9p-11p, its best numbers since its season premiere on March 14 scored a 3.2 rating.  It won the 10pm hour  with a 3.3 rating, dominating its broadcast competition.

Nielsen Overnight TV ratings for Sunday, April 25:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
7:00 ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos 1.7/6 7.40
CBS 60 Minutes 1.6/5 11.20
NBC Dateline NBC 1.1/4 4.11
FOX Til Death 0.8/3 2.24
7:30 FOX The Simpsons (R) 1.2/4 2.74
8:00 CBS Amazing Race 16 3.1/9 10.64
FOX The Simpsons 2.8/8 5.94
NBC Minute to Win It 1.8/5 5.58
ABC Extreme Makeover Home Edition (R) 1.7/5 6.95
8:30 FOX Cleveland Show (R) 2.4/7 5.09
9:00 ABC Desperate Housewives 3.3/8 11.13
FOX Family Guy (R) 3.2/8 6.36
NBC Celebrity Apprentice 2.7/7 7.31
CBS When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story 1.2/3 6.95
9:30 FOX American Dad 2.7/7 5.31
10:00 NBC Celebrity Apprentice 3.3/9 8.39
ABC Brothers & Sisters 2.4/6 8.41
CBS When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story 1.2/3 7.27

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2010 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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