ABC, CBS shine Sunday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

ABC has captured another Sunday in key ratings categories but CBS gave it a good fight with hearty numbers for the season finale of “Survivor: Palau,” according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

For CBS, “Survivor” (7.6 rating/18 share in adults 18-49, 20.3 million viewers overall) won from 8 to 9, handing a rare defeat to ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (6.2/16 in 18-49, 16.1 million viewers overall). Reality adventure series then placed a strong second at 9 to ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” (10.8/24 in 18-49, 25 million viewers overall), which was off about 5% from its recent 18-49 averages but remained a comfortable timeslot leader.

The battle between ABC and CBS extended to 10 o’clock as well, where the Alphabet’s hot rookie drama “Grey’s Anatomy” (8.2/19 in 18-49, 18.8 million viewers overall) beat out the “Survivor: Palau” reunion show (6.9/16 in 18-49, 16.7 million viewers overall).

Fox was a distant third on the night, but again received a nice perf by 9 o’clock laffer “Family Guy” (4.2/9 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall) up against the combo of “Housewives” and “Survivor.” Also, an hour of firstrun “The Simpsons” settled for third place from 8 to 9 (4.0/10 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall) “American Dad” hung in there at 9:30 (3.6/8 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall). NBC settled for crumbs, with “The Contender” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2.8/6 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall) overwhelmed from 8 to 10. “Crossing Jordan” picked things up in the evening’s final hour (3.5/8 in 18-49, 12.4 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 7.2/18; CBS, 6.1/16; Fox, 3.4/9; NBC, 2.5/6; UPN, 1.0/3.

In total viewers: ABC, 17.5 million; CBS, 17.3 million; NBC, 8.7 million; Fox, 7.5 million; WB, 2.5 million.

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