Fox wins ratings race on lackluster night

'60 Minutes' scores most total viewers

On a Sunday night more noteworthy for the 2009 BET Awards and the series premiere of HBO’s “Hung,” broadcast TV turned in a desultory primetime performance among adults 18-49, with animated reruns making Fox the king of a very small hill.

CBS’ “60 Minutes” (1.1 rating/4 share in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) topped the night among total households, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. For the night, CBS had the most total viewers.

“Family Guy” (2.0/6, 4.1 million) was the most-watched program in 18-49 for Fox, whose animated block from 8-10 p.m. produced the demo’s top four shows. Behind “Guy” were “American Dad” (1.7/5, 3.4 million at 9:30 p.m), “The Simpsons” (1.6/5, 3.3 million) and “King of the Hill” (1.5/5, 3.1 million).

NBC’s two firstrun episodes of “Merlin” (1.0/3, 4.3 million at 8 p.m., 1.1/3, 4.3 million at 9 p.m.) declined slightly from the previous week’s tepid premiere. “Dateline” (1.0/4, 5.0 million) and “Law and Order: SVU” (1.1/3, 3.9 million) bookended “Merlin.”

ABC’s conclusion of the two-part “Impact” (1.1/3, 4.4 million) virtually mirrored the previous week’s entry in ratings, with “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.1/4, 4.5 million), “Just for Laughs” (1.0/4, 4.2 million) and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” performing similarly.

After “60 Minutes,” CBS offered “Million Dollar Password” (0.9/3, 6.5 million), “Cold Case” (1.1/3, 6.4 million) and “Without a Trace” (0.9/3, 5.5 million), all of which led their timeslots among women 25-54.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox 1.5/5, NBC 1.1/3, CBS 1.0/3, ABC 1.0/3, Univision 0.6/2, CW 0.2/1.

In total viewers: CBS 6.7 million, NBC 4.4 million, ABC 4.3 million, Fox 3.5 million, Univision 1.6 million, CW 0.9 million.

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