CBS wins sluggish Sunday

'NYC 22' modest in bow as scripted shows struggle

CBS captured the Sunday ratings race thanks mostly to ”The Amazing Race,” which garnered the best demo score on a night that saw tepid results for scripted programming. The Eye’s cop show ”NYC 22” had a modest bow behind ”Good Wife,” and ABC saw ”GCB” hit a low without any real support behind it.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CBS opened with ”60 Minutes” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall), whose tribute to Mike Wallace was the most-watched program overall for the night. It was followed by the steady ”Amazing Race” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall) and another so-so outing by ”The Good Wife” (1.8/4 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall), which nonetheless led the broadcasters in the 9 o’clock hour among adults 25-54 (2.6/6) and total viewers. And at 10, ”NYC 22” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall) held much of its ”Good Wife” lead-in but the opening result was not especially promising.

At NBC, ”Celebrity Apprentice” matched a six-week high (2.1/5 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall), winning the 10 o’clock hour in all key demos. Earlier in the evening, ”Dateline” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) was competitive in demos with ”60 Minutes,” but ”Harry’s Law” continues to struggle generating many young adults at 8 o’clock (0.9/3 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) but remains a potent player in total viewers.

Fox was led by original episodes of ”The Simpsons” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall), ”Family Guy” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall), ”The Cleveland Show” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) and ”Bob’s Burgers” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall). ”Family” and ”Cleveland” combined for an 18-49 victory in the 9 o’clock hour, and Fox was the night’s easy winner among adults 18-34.

ABC was on the high side early with ”America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) but hit the skids with a repeat ”Once Upon a Time” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) followed by the conclusion of two-part original movie ”Titanic” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall); the previous segment of ”Titanic” aired for three hours on Saturday. And at 10, ”GCB” hit a low (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), but will look to rebound when it has ”Desperate Housewives” back as a lead-in at the end of the month.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 1.8/5; Fox, 1.7/5; NBC, 1.6/5; ABC, 1.3/3; Univision, 1.0/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 9.7 million; NBC, 6.5 million; ABC, 4.8 million; Fox, 3.8 million; Univision, 2.8 million.

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