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Eye rides the storm

Disaster mini a Sunday success for CBS

The “American Music Awards” played an upbeat ratings tune for ABC on Sunday, but CBS stole the evening’s spotlight with a big tune-in for disaster pic “Category 6: Day of Destruction.”

On the second Sunday of the November sweep, “Category 6” scared up electrifying numbers from 9 to 11 p.m. (6.3 rating/14 share in adults 18-49, 19.4 million viewers overall), easily ranking as the season’s No. 1 movie, according to Nielsen preliminary nationals.

While not quite at the level of NBC’s earthquake pic “10.5” from last May (two-night average of a 8.1/20 in 8-49, 20.3 million), “Category 6” delivered the net’s best movie scores since “9/11” in March 2002. Excluding that documentary, “Category 6” is the top-rated Eye pic since “Jesus” in May 2000.

Two-part pic wraps Wednesday.

At ABC, the three-hour “American Music Awards” (prelim 6.0/14 in adults 18-49, 13.8 million viewers overall) was up a bit vs. recent years, helping the Alphabet win the night in adults 18-49 (5.4/13 to CBS’ 5.1/12).

Jimmy Kimmel-hosted kudocast led its 8-11 p.m. timeslot in 18-49 as well as 18-34 (6.2/16) and teens (5.6/16).

Kicking off the night, a special repeat of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (3.4/9 in 18-49, 8.5m) was No. 2 in demos to football on Fox.

Although the “AMAs” proved to be tough competish, both CBS and NBC appeared to benefit from the absence of ABC’s hot 8-10 p.m. combo of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “Desperate Housewives.”

CBS’ soph drama “Cold Case” established series highs (prelim 4.6/11 in 18-49, 18.2 million) and won its 8 o’clock hour in total viewers, teaming with “Category 6” to give the Eye a nightly victory in adults 25-54 (prelim 6.6/14) and total viewers (18 million).

NBC’s “American Dreams” had its best scores since March (3.1/7 in 18-49, 8.7m), but remained a distant fourth in the 8 o’clock hour. Net’s “Law & Order: CI” saw its best showing of the season (prelim 4.8/11 in 18-49, 15.2m) and “Crossing Jordan” remained solid at 10 (prelim 4.6/11, 13.9m) despite stepped-up competish.

Fox benefited from an NFL overrun that helped boost the ratings for comedies “The Simpsons” (5.3/13 in 18-49, 11.5m) and “Arrested Development” (3.6/8 in 18-49, 7.5m). At 9, though, “My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss” (2.3/5 in adults 18-49, 5.0m) again struggled.

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