ABC sweeps up Sunday

Morning Ratings Flash -- Rick Kissell

ABC easily captured the opening Sunday of the May sweep, winning each half-hour in the key young adults demo behind “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

The second hour of a two-part “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” rolled at 8 (5.7 rating/15 share in 18-49, 14.2 million viewers overall), beating Fox’s second-place comedies by 5 shares in 18-49. “Desperate Housewives” (8.9/20 in 18-49, 21.4 million viewers overall) opened up an even bigger lead at 9, and “Grey’s Anatomy” (9.7/23 in 18-49, 20.7 million viewers overall) again stood as the night’s top show in 18-49, beating NBC and CBS combined by 9 shares.

Fox ran second on the night in 18-49, led by “The Simpsons” (4.2/12 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall), “Family Guy” (3.9/9 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) and the season finale of “The War at Home” (3.6/9 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall).

At CBS, original Tom Selleck pice “Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise” drew a large overall audience (14.7 million viewers) but was merely in line with the net’s Sunday movie average this season in 18-49 (2.7/6). NBC was again paced on the night by “Crossing Jordan” (3.5/8 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall), which built slightly on its lead-in from “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (3.2/7 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 6.8/17; Fox, 3.3/9; NBC, 2.7/7; CBS, 2.6/7; WB, 1/3.

In total viewers: ABC, 16 million; CBS, 13.9 million; NBC, 8.7 million; Fox, 6.8 million; WB, 2.3 million.

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