‘Commandments’ rules Sunday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

ABC has scored its first nightly victory among young adults in four weeks with its annual airing of “The Ten Commandments,” according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. NBC also did pretty well with its Bob Hope special, while auds failed to warm up to Susan Sarandon made-for “Ice Bound” on CBS.

“Ten Commandments,” which aired until roughly 11:45, averaged a 4.1/12 in adults 18-49 and 10.6 million viewers overall in primetime, giving the Alphabet its first demo victory on any night since the Oscars on March 23. Movie led or tied for the lead in 18-49 with each of its half-hours, peaking at 10 o’clock with a 5.0/13.

NBC’s two-hour spec “100 Years of Hope and Humor” ran second in 18-49 from 7 to 9 (2.6/9) and first in total viewers (12.5 million viewers overall), growing to a 3.5/10 in the demo with its final half-hour. Net’s repeat of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (4.4/11 in adults 18-49) was a close second to “Commandments” from 9 to 10, and the season finale of “Boomtown” (4.0/11) retained about 90% of its “Criminal Intent” lead-in and also placed second.

At CBS, the heavily promoted “Ice Bound” starring Sarandon (2.1/6 in adults 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall) finished well behind its network rivals and under-performed the net’s weak movie average this season by 28% (2.9/7 in adults 18-49). The one-hour season finale of “Becker” also fizzled, running fourth or lower in all key demos, including adults 18-49 (1.8/5) and 25-54 (2.4/6).

Fox ran third in 18-49, led by an original “Malcolm in the Middle” (3.9/10) and a repeat of “The Simpsons” (3.4/10).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 4.1/12; NBC, 3.4/10; Fox, 2.6/7; CBS, 2.0/6.

In total viewers: NBC led with 12.8 million.

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