ABC strong on Sunday

Morning Ratings Flash -- Rick Kissell

As it has for most weeks this season, ABC overwhelmed the competish Sunday night’s ratings race, winning all four hours in key demos, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

“Grey’s Anatomy” (9.6 rating/23 share in adults 18-49, 21.7 million viewers overall) ruled as Sunday’s top program, building on powerful lead-in from “Desperate Housewives” (8.5/20 in 18-49, 21.2 million viewers overall). Kicking off the night, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (2.7/9 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall) and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (4.8/13 in 18-49, 12.2 million viewers overall) also prevailed in 18-49.

Bookends “Videos” and “Grey’s” were both up more than 10% in adults 18-49 compared with the second Sunday of the May 2005 sweep, while “Home Edition” and “Housewives” both fell about 20% off their hot pace of a year ago.

Fox ran second among young adults, led by “The Simpsons” at 8 (4/11 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) and “American Dad” at 9 (4/10 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall), while CBS was runner-up in 25-54 and total viewers, with “Cold Case” (3.3/9 in 18-49, 14.4 million viewers overall) up week to week.

NBC lagged its rivals, with 8 o’clock drama “West Wing” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 8 million viewers overall) falling about 20% behind the year-ago score of boxing series “The Contender.” Crime dramas “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2.8/7 in 18-49, 10.2 million viewers overall) and “Crossing Jordan” (3.1/7 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall) both slipped a bit week to week, perhaps affected by CBS airing repeats of “CSI” in the time period.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 6.4/17; Fox, 3.2/9; CBS, 2.9/8; NBC, 2.5/7; WB, 0.9/3.

In total viewers: ABC, 15.8 million; CBS, 11.6 million; NBC, 8.9 million; Fox, 6.8 million; WB, 2.3 million.

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