‘Family Guy,’ ‘Resurrection’ Earn Top Demo Scores But CBS Wins Sunday

Family Guy Ratings
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CBS, led by “60 Minutes” and “The Amazing Race” but also getting a boost from the end of The Masters golf tournament, has captured another Sunday in key demos. Fox’s “Family Guy” and ABC’s “Resurrection” were the top broadcasts in young adults, though both were down from the previous week on a night that saw most broadcast programs on the decline.

The Eye’s program averages are subject to revision due to a 12-minute golf overrun, but in preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “60 Minutes” opened the night for CBS with a timeslot-leading 1.8 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 while drawing more total viewers than any other program on the night (11.1 million). It was followed by “The Amazing Race” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall), which led its hour in 25-54 (x.x/), “The Good Wife” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall) and “The Mentalist” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall).

At ABC, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall), “Once Upon a Time” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) and “Resurrection” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) all were off by two tenths or more in 18-49 vs. last week. Still, “Once” and “Resurrection” were again the night’s top broadcast dramas in young adults.

Last week’s “Resurrection” rose to a 3.4 rating in Nielsen’s L3 ratings, marking the first week-over-week increase for the rookie drama with three days of DVR playback included in its total. The same-night numbers had shown it was down two tenths from the prior week, but it ended up by the same amount (3.4 vs. 3.2).

Closing the night for ABC, “Revenge” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall) was on par with last week.

Fox was down across the board, starting with “Bob’s Burgers” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall) and “American Dad” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall), followed by “The Simpsons” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) and “Family Guy” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall); “Family Guy” did edge out “Resurrection” as the top broadcast draw for the night in 18-49.

At 9 p.m., “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) slid 20% (0.3) to its low.

NBC’s “Dateline” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) was followed by “American Dream Builders” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall), which held at its level of last week. From 9 to 11 p.m., “Believe” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) matched last week’s 18-49 score and was up slightly in total viewers, and “Crisis” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) was up a tenth and again either held even or grew a bit in key categories in its second half-hour.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 1.7/5; ABC, 1.6/5; Fox, 1.3/4; NBC, 0.9/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 9.7 million; ABC, 6.0 million; NBC, 4.0 million; Fox, 3.2 million.

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