Obama scores on ’60 Minutes’

CBS wins night despite soft 'Race' finale

CBS has captured the first Sunday of May thanks to a strong showing for ”60 Minutes,” which featured an interview with President Obama. Night also saw nothing-special finales for a trio of shows.

The Eye ruled the broadcast networks in adults 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers, though TNT likely will challenge in 18-49 with its NBA playoff game between Atlanta and Chicago, which tipped at 8 ET.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, the Obama interview on ”60 Minutes” averaged a 2.3 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 13.8 million viewers overall to dominate the 7 o’clock hour. The newsmag was up more than 50% week to week and was the night’s most-watched program overall. Despite the strong lead-in, ”The Amazing Race” wrapped its 18th edition with record-low results (2.5/7 in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall) and didn’t see any week-to-week bump. And at 10, the season finale of ”CSI: Miami” produced ho-hum scores (2.0/5 in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall).

At ABC, ”Desperate Housewives” (2.8/7 in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall) was on the low side, matching last week’s result but still winning the 9 o’clock hour in demos. It was followed by the season finale of ”Brothers and Sisters” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall), which was up vs. its recent deliveries but still fairly low. Earlier in the evening, both ”America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) and ”Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall) were down week to week, perhaps affected by Mother’s Day celebrations.

Fox was solid with vet anchors ”The Simpsons” (2.5/8 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) and ”Family Guy” (3.2/8 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) , Sunday’s No. 1 show in 18-49 , but less so with the shows surrounding them: ”American Dad” at 7:30 (1.5/5 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall), ”Bob’s Burgers” at 8:30 (2.0/6 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) and ”The Cleveland Show” at 9:30 (2.2/5 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall).

At NBC, ”Dateline” seemed impacted by the Obama interview on ”60 Minutes,” settling for a 0.8/3 in 18-49 and 3.9 million viewers overall. It was followed by an extended, three-hour edition of ”Celebrity Apprentice” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall), which was down noticeably week to week but still emerged as the top-rated broadcast show at 10 p.m. in the 18-49 demo, beating out the drama finales on ABC and CBS.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.3/7; ABC and Fox, 2.1/6; NBC, 2.0/6; Univision, 0.9/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 10.3 million; ABC, 7.8 million; NBC, 6.2 million; Fox, 4.4 million; Univision, 2.4 million.

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