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ABC’s safe at ‘Home’

Reality skein cleans up Sunday for Alphabet

A hungry ABC filled up on some “Home” cooking on the final Sunday of the May sweep.

On a night that included the season finales of shows like “The Simpsons,” “Alias” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” it was the Alphabet’s hot unscripted skein “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” that came away with the top rating among young adults.

Combined with a winning demo perf at 7 from “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” ABC took Sunday in adults 18-49 (3.7/10) — its first outright nightly demo victory of the May sweep, according to Nielsen.

“Home Edition” (prelim 5.2/14 in adults 18-49, 13.0 million viewers overall) easily led the 8 o’clock hour in 18-49. It edged Fox’s “The Simpsons” (prelim 4.5/13 to 4.4/13 in 18-49), then opened a big advantage at 8:30 over “Malcolm in the Middle” (prelim 5.9/15 to 3.7/10).

If the numbers hold up in nationals, “Home Edition’s” 18-49 victory over “The Simpsons” would mark the first time since 1997 (NBC’s “Third Rock From the Sun”) that a series had topped a season finale of “The Simpsons.”

NBC ruled in key demos from 9 to 11, as “Law & Order: CI” (prelim 4.4/10 in 18-49, 13.1m) topped the 9 o’clock hour over ABC’s “Alias” (prelim 3.8/9 in 18-49, 8.1m) and Fox spec “American Idol: The Phenomenon” (prelim 3.7/9 in 18-49, 9.3m).

And at 10, “Crossing Jordan” closed out its strong third season with winning numbers (4.7/12 in 18-49, 13.0m) over ABC’s “Super Millionaire” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 9.0m), according to prelim results.

CBS drew a decent-sized but older-skewing aud for the opener of two-part movie “Scott Turow’s Reversible Errors” (prelim 2.5/6 in 18-49, 12.9m), which followed a solid showing for the season finale of “Cold Case” (prelim 3.1/9 in 18-49, 14.1m).

“Case” was Sunday’s most-watched program, helping CBS win the night in total viewers (12.8 million).

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