But the Eye dominates 18-49 program rankings

CBS and Fox tied for first in young adults last week, with their top shows — “The Big Bang Theory” and “American Idol” — finishing in a draw as well.

But while Fox’s performance was top-sided, with all three “Idol” hours ranking in the top five, CBS was the more balanced network. The Eye claimed 14 of the week’s 25 highest-rated programs among adults 18-49 — more than ABC (five), Fox (four) and NBC (two) combined.

In other notable perfs for the week, ABC’s rising “Shark Tank” matched a season high and won its Friday hour in demos, and “The Amazing Race” wrapped its 20th edition on CBS with year-to-year gains. And in the season program averages, Fox’s “Idol” moved ahead of NBC’s “The Voice” to stand as the No. 1 entertainment series in 18-49 (6.3 rating vs. 6.2).

Overall for the April 30-May 6 frame, Nielsen estimates that CBS and Fox tied for the primetime lead among adults 18-49 (2.2 rating/7 share), followed by ABC (2.0/6), NBC (1.6/5), a basketball-boosted TNT (1.5/4) and Univision (1.4/4). CBS opened up a bit of an advantage in adults 25-54 (3.1/8 vs. 2.7/7 for runner-up Fox) and dominated as usual in total viewers (10.1 million to 7.7 million for ABC).

Univision tied ABC for second place in adults 18-34 (1.4/5), placing second or third Monday through Thursday and then winning Friday as usual.

For CBS, it was again all about consistency, as the net placed first or second among young adults on every night. Top night was Monday, where comedies “How I Met Your Mother” (3.3/10, 7.99m), “2 Broke Girls” (3.6/10, 9.24m), “Two and a Half Men” (3.8/9, 11.32m) and “Mike and Molly” (3.2/8, 10.16m) all ranked in the week’s top 10.Also, the conclusion of a crossover event with “Hawaii Five-0″ helped “NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.0/8, 15.21m) to first place in some categories in its Tuesday hour. And “Amazing Race” (2.7/7, 9.40m) was up in all demos from last spring’s finale and won its 8-10 p.m. block in 25-54 (3.7/9).

At Fox, “American Idol” controlled Wednesday night (4.7/14 in 18-49, 16.66m), topping runner-up CBS in 18-49 from 8 to 10 p.m. by a still-impressive 68% margin. Thursday’s results show also won its hour (4.0/13, 15.56m), trailing CBS’ “Big Bang” in its first half-hour but rallying to easily win the 8:30 p.m. half-hour.

Net’s only other top-25 entry was Sunday animated vet “Family Guy” (2.7/7, 5.64m); on the weeknights its top performer was Tuesday’s “Glee” (2.5/8, 6.01m).

ABC was led by “Modern Family” (4.1/11, 10.06m) and “Grey’s Anatomy” (3.3/9, 9.24m), which — thanks to their popularity in DVR playback — will finish as the season’s No. 1 comedy and drama in 18-49. And “Shark Tank” (1.8/7, 6.06m) won its Friday hour in 18-49 for the first time over CBS’ “Undercover Boss” (1.5/6, 6.34m).

While the net’s “Once Upon a Time” (3.0/8, 8.95m) and “Desperate Housewives” (2.7/7, 9.22m) were on the high end of their recent ratings ranges heading into their finales, 10 p.m. show “GCB” didn’t see any uptick for its conclusion (1.8/5, 5.56m).

At NBC, “The Voice” was in the top 10 with its performance show on Monday (3.5/9 in 18-49, 9.52m) and in the top 15 with its results show on Tuesday (3.1/8, 8.90m), but otherwise the net was shut out of the top 25. Next closest show was Thursday’s “The Office” (2.3/7, 4.44m), which was up week to week.

CW was paced by “The Vampire Diaries” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.54m) and “Supernatural” (0.7/2, 1.66m), with the latter picking up its eighth-season renewal last week.

At PBS, “Sherlock Holmes” drew 3.2 million viewers for its second-season preem Sunday. Though very strong for the network, the numbers were not quite in the territory of “Downton Abbey,” which opened its second season in January with 4.2 million.

The NBA Playoffs dominated the cable landscape for the week, with TNT airing four games that generated more than 4 million viewers, led by Monday’s game between the L.A. Lakers and Denver (2.4/6, 4.74m).

Top series in 18-49 was History’s “Swamp People” (1.5/4, 4.22m), and the most-watched series overall was Disney Channel’s “Good Luck Charlie” (4.26 million).

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