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Fox, NBC top ratings race

'MTV Movie Awards' big with young auds

On a night when the “MTV Movie Awards” siphoned away some of the available young audience, it was pucks and yucks that topped the broadcast networks Sunday. NBC appeared to have won the night in key demos with Game 2 of hockey’s Stanley Cup Finals, while Fox was neck and neck with the Peacock behind repeats of its animated comedies.

CBS, meanwhile, led in total viewers, claiming the night’s most-watched program overall in “60 Minutes.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, Fox’s repeat of “Family Guy” was the night’s top telecast among young adults (2.7/7 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall), while the net also delivered solid numbers for encores of “The Simpsons” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall), “American Dad” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall) and “King of the Hill” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall).

At NBC, the sports division’s coverage of Game 2 of hockey’s championship series between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins averaged a 2.3/6 in 18-49 and 5.4 million viewers overall on the network’s affiliates from 8 to 11 p.m. — although these numbers are subject to revision due to the live nature of sports. In metered-market overnights, the game netted a 3.5 household rating/6 share, up from Saturday’s Game 1 score (2.6/5).

ABC was looking good on the first half of the night with repeats of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) before fading with encores of sudsers “Desperate Housewives” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall) and “Brothers & Sisters” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall).

CBS was led in demos by “Cold Case” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) and in total viewers by “60 Minutes” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall). In between at 8 p.m., an original episode of gameshow “Million Dollar Password” settled for a 1.1/3 in the demo and 6.9 million viewers overall.

Preliminary ratings weren’t available for MTV’s annual “Movie Awards,” though it’s expected to be the night’s top program among young women. The kudocast has averaged a little more than 3 million viewers overall in recent years.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.0/6; Fox, 1.9/6; CBS, 1.3/4; ABC, 1.1/3; Univision, 0.7/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 7.2 million; NBC, 5.0 million; Fox, 4.0 million; ABC, 3.9 million; Univision, 1.7 million; CW, 0.8 million.

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