Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

ABC, with the two-hour season finale of “Alias,” tied Fox’s comedy lineup for the young-adult ratings lead on Sunday, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. CBS drew the largest audience overall, boosted by its three-hour “Lucy” biopic.

“Alias” averaged a 4.7/12 in adults 18-49 and 10 million viewers overall from 9 to 11, placing second in demos to NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” The spy drama was down slightly from last season’s finale. ABC also did pretty well at 8 with spec “Tim Allen’s Guide to Home Improvement” (second-place 4.1/11 in adults 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall), and led at 7 in 18-49 with bloopers spec “ESPN’s Blunderful World of Sports” (2.8/10).

Fox led in 18-49 from 8 to 9:30 behind an original “Simpsons” (4.8/14 in adults 18-49, 11.2 million viewers overall), a repeat “Simpsons” (5.2/14 in adults 18-49, 12.2 million viewers overall) and an original “Malcolm in the Middle” (5.2/13 in adults 18-49, 12 million viewers overall). At 9:30, “Oliver Beene” fell to third in 18-49 (4.0/10).

NBC led at 9 with an original “Law & Order: CI” (5.1/12 in adults 18-49, 14.2 million viewers overall) and did even better at 10 with a repeat of the second-year drama (5.3/14 in adults 18-49, 14.6 million viewers overall). At 8, “American Dreams” ran third (3.3/9 in adults 18-49).

CBS’ three-hour “Lucy” averaged a 3.6/9 in adults 18-49 and 13.2 million viewers overall – above-average scores for the net’s Sunday movie. At 7, “60 Minutes” (2.2/7 in adults 18-49, 11.6 million viewers overall) tied for the lead in adults 25-54.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 4.1/11, tied with Fox, 4.1/11; NBC, 3.9/11; CBS, 3.2/9.

In total viewers: CBS led with 12.8 million.

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