‘Bachelor’ scores as Hitler mini hits target

'Law & Order' sees Sunday record, 'Simpsons' soars

HOLLYWOOD — The final Sunday of the May sweep was a strong one for each of the major nets, with ABC’s “Bachelor,” Fox’s Homer and CBS’ Fuhrer all bringing in the auds.

And NBC was second in each hour, climaxing with a Sunday-record result for “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, ABC captured Sunday in adults 18-49 (4.7/13) and most female demos behind the two-hour finale of “The Bachelor” (7.1/17 in adults 18-49, 15 million viewers overall), which led each half-hour in 18-49, peaking with an 8.5/21 in the 10:30 half-hour.

Show, which was down vs. the finale for its most recent editions, fared best among women 18-34 (9.7/24).

Despite a soft perf from lead-in movie “The Waterboy” (2.4/8 in A18-49, 6.2 million), ABC rang up its best Sunday averages — excluding the Oscars and Super Bowl — in 16 months.

Fox edged out NBC for second in adults 18-49 behind hourlong finales of its comedies. Leading the way was “The Simpsons” (5.5/16 in A18-49, 12.2 million), which led both of its half-hours in 18-49 and other demos, while “Malcolm in the Middle” (4.6/11 in A18-49, 10.8 million) was third for its tough 9 o’clock hour.

NBC placed second in 18-49 during each hour, led by the 10 o’clock episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (6.0/15 in A18-49, 16.1 million) — the net’s best series showing at 10 in the two seasons since it abandoned movies on the night. The “CI” episode at 9 ran second in 18-49 to “The Bachelor” (5.0/11), while the season finale of “American Dreams” (3.3/9 in A18-49, 8.9 million) was runner-up in 18-49 and led its hour in women 25-54.

At CBS, a two-hour “60 Minutes” special celebrating the newsmag’s 35th anniversary (2.3/7 in A18-49, 12.9 million) ran fourth in 18-49, third in 25-54 and an easy first in total viewers.

From 9 to 11, the controversial “Hitler: The Rise of Evil” placed third (3.9/9 in adults 18-49, 13.6 million viewers overall) — although this is a healthy improvement over the net’s season average for the movie (3.0/7). “Hitler” skewed male, delivering its best score among men 25-54 (5.5/13).

Despite a fourth-place 18-49 finish, CBS won the night in total viewers.

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