‘Home’ cooking fuels ABC

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

ABC rode hot reality series “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to edge out NBC and Fox on the final Sunday of the may sweep in the key adults 18-49 demo, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

From 8 to 9, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (5.2/14 in adults 18-49, 13.0 million viewers overall) easily led the hour in 18-49 and ranked as primetime’s No. 1 program in the demo. It hit series highs in some male demos as well as teens. ABC also led the 7 o’clock hour in demos with “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (2.7/9 in adults 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) and ran second at 9 with the season finale of “Alias” (3.8/9 in adults 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall), which hit a season high in adults 18-34 (3.7/10).

Fox was led by the season finales of “The Simpsons” (4.4/13 in adults 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall) and “Malcolm in the Middle” (3.7/10 in adults 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall), and also got a slight boost at 9 from spec “American Idol: The Phenomenon” (third-place 3.7/9 in adults 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall).

NBC led in key demos from 9 to 11 with the season-enders of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (4.4/10 in adults 18-49, 13.1 million viewers overall) and “Crossing Jordan” (4.7/12 in adults 18-49, 13.0 million viewers overall).

CBS was paced by 8 o’clock drama “Cold Case” (3.1/9 in adults 18-49, 14.1 million viewers overall), which led its slot in total viewers. Its two-part original movie “Scott Turow’s Reversible Errors” got off to a modest start (2.5/6 in adults 18-49, 12.9 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 3.7/10; Fox, 3.5/10; NBC, 3.4/9; CBS, 2.5/7; WB, 1.3/4.

In total viewers: CBS, 12.8 million; NBC, 10.4 million; ABC, 9.6 million; Fox, 7.8 million; WB, 2.8 million.

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