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One week after the combo of AMC’s season finale of “The Walking Dead” and CBS’ telecast of the “Academy of Country Music Awards” contributed to some lower numbers for shows on competing networks, a slew of Sunday series including rookies “Little Big Shots” and “Crowded” on NBC and “The Family” on ABC were on the rise last night.

Sunday’s notable competition on the cable side were AMC’s season premiere of “Fear the Walking Dead” and the “MTV Movie Awards,” ratings for which will be released by Nielsen on Tuesday.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, NBC’s “Little Big Shots” was the top broadcast series of the night (2.0 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall), up 0.2 from its low of last week; it more than doubled a repeat of the show airing at 7 p.m. (0.8/2 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall). The net also was higher from 9 to 10 p.m. with “The Carmichael Show” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) and “Crowded” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall), the latter of which matched its timeslot high while drawing its largest total-viewer count in the half-hour to date. “Dateline” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) was up by the largest amount, rising 0.3 (36%) from last week’s repeat installment.

CBS edged out NBC for the night’s demo lead thanks to the conclusion of golf’s The Masters, which averaged a 2.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 13.9 million viewers overall on the Eye stations from 7 to 7:30. It was followed by timeslot-leading “60 Minutes” (1.6/6 in 18-49, 11.7 million viewers overall) and a new “Madam Secretary” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall), which was up a tick over its prior original of two weeks ago. The net closed things out with back-to-back originals of “Elementary” at 9:30 (0.9/3 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) and 10:30 (0.8/3 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall).

At ABC, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) was down a tick, but “Once Upon a Time” held steady (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall). “The Family” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) gained a tenth for a second straight week since hitting a low 0.6 on Easter, while “Quantico” held at last week’s number (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall). Last week in Live+3, “Quantico” grew by 85% in 18-49 rating (0.97 to 1.80) while “The Family” grew by 65% (0.71 to 1.17), giving ABC the night’s two biggest broadcast gainers by percentage.

Fox remained low kicking off the night with “Bordertown” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall) and “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall), but each was up a tick from last week. The rest of the night was up too, with “The Simpsons” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall) and “Bob’s Burgers” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) also rising by a tenth. And in the 9 o’clock hour, where “The Walking Dead” has been dominating in recent weeks, a repeat “Family Guy” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall) was up 0.3 over last week’s “Bob’s Burgers” original, and “The Last Man on Earth” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall) gained 0.2 week to week.