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Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

A roughly 20-minute NFL overrun provided some momentum at the start of the night and the premiere of theatrical “What Women Want” finished things off strongly on Sunday for CBS, which led the evening among adults 18-49 and total viewers, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

The Eye net dominated the night’s opening hour with football and the start of “60 Minutes,” and “What Women Want” (projected 4.5/12 in adults 18-49, 13 million viewers overall) tied or won outright in most key categories from roughly 9:20 to 11:20. Rookie drama “Cold Case” was also solid again, appearing to win its hour in adults 25-54 and total viewers.

NBC should finish second in 18-49, led by a strong perf at 9 from “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (5.4/13 in adults 18-49, 15.5 million viewers overall) and an 18-49 victory at 8 by “American Dreams” (3.6/9 in adults 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall). At 10, though, “The Lyon’s Den” (3.1/8 in adults 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall) lost a big chunk of its lead-in and ran well behind CBS and ABC.

“Alias” ran a solid second at 9 for ABC (4.4/10 in adults 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall), and “The Practice” also was runner-up at 10 (3.9/11 in adults 18-49, 10.2 million viewers overall). From 7 to 8, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (2.9/8 in adults 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall) hit a season high for a second straight week.

Fox was pretty much out of the game with repeats of shows like “The Simpsons” and “Skin” in place of what would have been Game 7 of the World Series.

Preliminary 18-49 averages: CBS, 4.2/11; NBC, 3.7/9; ABC, 3.5/9; Fox, 2.3/6; WB, 1.6/4.

In total viewers: CBS, 14.2 million; NBC, 11.2 million; ABC, 9.7 million; Fox, 5.1 million; WB, 3.8 million.

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