CBS draws most viewers as 'Good Wife' closes season

Backed by the No. 1 show of night in “Once Upon a Time,” ABC was best Sunday in a very tight ratings race. CBS, however, drew the most total viewers.

Fantasy drama was tops with a 2.9 rating/8 share in the 18-49 demo, with 9 million viewers tuning in, according to early estimates from Nielsen.

Not only was ABC best in the 8 o’clock hour with “Once Upon a Time,” but the Alphabet was tops from 9-10 p.m. as well with “Desperate Housewives” (2.5/6, 8m), which is set to go off the air May 13.

ABC closed out the night with “GCB” (1.9/5, 5.6m), performing just a little south of the second hour of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”

From 7:30-10 o’clock, Fox ran all originals of its toon lineup. Performing best was “Family Guy” (2.8/7, 5.6m, and tops in the 18-34 demo) at 9 o’clock and “The Simpsons” (2.3/7, 4.9m) an hour earlier.

The season finale of “The Good Wife” drew a 1.7/4, 9.8, making it the most-watched show of the night — barely edging out venerable newsmagazine “60 Minutes” (1.2/4, 9.8m). Best for CBS in the demo, however, was “The Amazing Race” (2.2/6, 8.4m). Cop drama entry “NYC 22″ (1.2/3, 7.5m) hasn’t made much of an impact since launching April 15.

“Celebrity Apprentice” was the top program for NBC, earning a 1.9/5, 6.2m over its 120-minute time frame. The second hour of the Donald Trump starrer rose to a 2.2 and 6.8 million viewers. “Dateline” (0.8/3, 3.3m) and “Harry’s Law” (0.9/2, 7.3m) were nonstarters, though “Harry’s Law” drew the biggest audience of the night for the Peacock.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 2.2/6; Fox, 1.9/5; CBS, 1.6/4; NBC, 1.4/4; Univision, 0.9/3

In total viewers: CBS, 8.9 million; ABC, 7.3 million; NBC, 5.8 million; Fox, 4 million; Univision, 2.5 million

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