Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell
ABC and NBC were in a close battle for Sunday’s 18-49 lead, according to prelim nationals from Nielsen, while CBS drew the largest aud overall, thanks in part to an NFL overrun.ABC was led by “The Practice” (prelim 14.1 million viewers, 5.9/14 in adults 18-49), which hit a season high and opened up more distance between itself and NBC’s new drama “Boomtown” (10.8m, 4.0/9), which is still performing pretty well. “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” paced NBC’s evening, drawing its best regular slot 18-49 number to date (5.2/12, 14.4 million viewers overall), topping ABC’s “Alias” (4.3/10 in 18-49, 10.2 million viewers overall) by 2 shares in 18-49. NBC, though, saw a noticeable decline at 8 for “American Dreams” (10.1m, 3.7/9 in 18-49). Still, it led the 8:30 half-hour in adults 18-49 (4.2/10), a nice jump from its first half-hour (3.3/8). It’s tough to get an accurate read on the program averages for CBS, as pro football ran until roughly 7:30 in most of the country, pushing back the evening’s lineup. From 9 to 11, original made-for “Gleason” appeared to average roughly 11 million viewers and a 3.1 rating in adults 18-49. Fox, whose primetime comprised of one playoff baseball game and the end of another, will likely finish third on the night in adults 18-49.