CBS won a slow Easter Sunday night where FOX was entirely in repeats other than Sons of Tucson and ABC didn’t air Desperate Housewives (it added an extra hour of Extreme Makeover) and a repeat of Brothers & Sisters.

Amazing Race and Undercover Boss both took big drops versus last week when they had a big NCAA basketball lead-in.  “Race” was down a whopping 33 percent from last week’s preliminary numbers with adults 18-49 to a 2.7 rating and Undercover Boss was down 21% to a 3.9 rating.  Cold Case was down too, but only around 10% to a 2.3 rating with adults 18-49.

NBC claimed victory at 10pm with the last hour of Celebrity Apprentice.  Overall “Apprentice” was flat versus last week for the two hour period.


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
7:00 CBS 60 Minutes 1.4/5 8.338
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos (R) 1.3/5 5.765
NBC Dateline NBC 0.9/3 4.052
FOX Til Death 0.5/2 1.532
7:30 FOX Til Death 0.7/2 1.85
8:00 CBS Amazing Race 2.7/8 9.14
ABC Exteme Makeover Home Edition 1.9/6 6.87
NBC Minute To Win It 1.8/5 5.41
FOX The Simpsons (R) 1.4/5 3.40
8:30 FOX Cleveland Show (R) 1.7/5 3.69
9:00 CBS Undercover Boss 3.9/10 12.86
ABC Exteme Makeover Home Edition 2.7/7 8.53
NBC Celebrity Apprentice 2.5/7 6.37
FOX Family Guy (R) 2.2/6 4.61
9:30 FOX Sons of Tucson 1.4/4 3.13
10:00 NBC Celebrity Apprentice 3.1/9 7.89
CBS Cold Case 2.3/6 10.15
ABC Brothers & Sisters (R) 1.1/3 3.72

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