Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

CBS was a decisive ratings winner on Sunday night, as a college basketball overrun led into an all-firstrun lineup of programming that won in key demos, led by dramas “Cold Case” and “Without a Trace.”

According to preliminary Nielsen nationals, NCAA men’s basketball tournament action in the opening half-hour of primetime should come in with nearly a 5 rating in adults 18-49 for CBS, whose regularly skedded lineup was then pushed back by a little more than half an hour. “60 Minutes” (roughly 3.8/11 in adults 18-49, 13.8 million viewers overall) led its time period, as did “Amazing Race: All-Stars” (roughly 3.8/9 in 18-49, 12.4 million viewers overall), “Cold Case” (roughly 4.1/11 in 18-49, 15.1 million viewers overall) and “Without a Trace” (roughly 4.1/11 in 18-49, 14.8 million viewers overall).

The other major nets were in a tight battle for second place on the night among adults 18-49, with ABC’s repeat of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (3.8/10 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall) and NBC’s repeat of “Deal or No Deal” at 9 (3.6/9 in 18-49, 12.0 million viewers overall) putting up the best numbers. The Alphabet’s “Desperate Housewives” and “Brothers & Sisters” were in repeat.

Fox was mostly repeats as well, although new laffer “The Winner” aired originals at 8:30 (2.7/7 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) and at 9:30 (2.5/6 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall). Net fared better with repeats of vets “The Simpsons” at 8 (3.3/9 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) and “Family Guy” at 9 (3.5/8 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 4.0/11; ABC, 2.6/7; NBC, 2.5/7; Fox, 2.4/7; Univision, 1.8/5; CW, 0.7/5.

In total viewers: CBS, 13.7 million; NBC, 8.1 million; ABC, 7.9 million; Fox, 5.1 million; Univision, 3.7 million; CW, 1.9 million.

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