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‘Grey’s,’ ‘Home’ power ABC

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

ABC cruised to victory in key young-adult ratings categories Sunday night behind original episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Grey’s Anatomy” (8.3 rating/20 share in adults 18-49, 18.5 million viewers overall) stood as the night’s top show, beating NBC and CBS combined in the 10 o’clock hour in adults 18-49. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” also led its slot at 8 (6.6/16 in 18-49, 16.1 million viewers overall), and a repeat “Desperate Housewives” prevailed at 9 (5.4/12 in 18-49, 13.8 million viewers overall).

Fox had a solid night, paced by “Family Guy” (4.7/11 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall), which featured guest voice Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, and “The Simpsons” (4.6/11 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall). “American Dad” also looked pretty good at 9:30 (4.1/9 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall).

Numbers are a bit sketchy for CBS, whose primetime lineup started about 17 minutes late due to a golf overrun. “Cold Case” is expected to come in at about a 3.7/9 in 18-49 and 16.7 million viewers overall, while telepic “The Water is Wide” scored roughly a 2.9/7 in 18-49 and 12.8 million viewers overall.

NBC improved its standing in the 8 o’clock hour by resting “West Wing” for a special “Dateline” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall). A repeat “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (3.4/8 in 18-49, 10.9 million viewers overall) and an original “Crossing Jordan” (3.3/8 in 18-49, 11.1 million viewers overall) both ran second for their timeslots in demos.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 6.0/14; Fox, 3.6/9; CBS, 3.1/8; NBC, 2.8/7; WB, 1.1/3.

In total viewers: ABC, 14.8 million; CBS, 13.9 million; NBC, 10.0 million; Fox, 7.2 million; WB, 2.8 million.

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