‘Angel,’ ‘House’ score for CBS

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

The series finale of “Touched by an Angel” and the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie “A Painted House” drew big auds for CBS on the opening Sunday of the May sweep while Fox’s “The Simpsons” and NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” were the night’s top draws among young adults, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

The Eye net easily prevailed in total viewers, as “A Painted House” (4.0/10 in adults 18-49, 18.3 million viewers overall) became the most-watched movie of the season and “Touched by an Angel” (2.7/7 in adults 18-49, 12.7 million viewers overall) led the 8 o’clock hour in total viewers as it returned to Sunday for its farewell seg.

Fox’s “The Simpsons” won in adults 18-49 at 8 with an original episode (5.1/15, 11.3 million viewers overall) and did even better at 8:30 with a repeat (5.4/14 in adults 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall). At 9, “Malcolm in the Middle” (4.7/12 in adults 18-49) tied with NBC’s “Law & Order: CI” for the demo lead, but at 9:30, “Oliver Beene” fell off to a 3.7/9.

NBC did well from 9 to 11 with “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” with both an original episode at 9 (5.1/13) and a repeat at 10 (5.3/14) leading the way in adults 18-49. ABC had a soft night with the original movie “Eloise at the Plaza” (2.5/8 in adults 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall) and an original “Alias,” which placed fourth from 9 to 10 (3.5/9 in adults 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 4.2/12; NBC, 3.8/11; CBS, 3.2/9; ABC; 2.8/8.

In total viewers: CBS won with 15.3 million.

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