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TV Ratings: 'Once Upon a Time,' 'Amazing Race' finale pace Sunday split
'Desperate Housewives' also gets a pre-finale bump
Led by "60 Minutes" and two hours of "The Amazing Race," CBS won Sunday night overall, while "Once Upon a Time" and the penultimate night of "Desperate Housewives" let ABC win among young viewers.
For the night, ABC averaged a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49, beating CBS' 2.0 rating in the key demographic. FOX was a close third with a 1.9 key demo rating, while NBC averaged a 1.3 key demo rating for the night.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 9.29 million viewers and a 5.7 rating/9 share for Sunday night, topping the 4.6/8 and 7.635 million viewers for ABC. NBC was third with a 3.8/6 and 5.78 million viewers, with FOX's 2.3/4 and 4.09 million viewers trailing.
7 p.m. - "60 Minutes" started primetime in first for CBS with 11.44 million viewers, but finished second among adults 18-49 with a 1.6 rating. ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" was a distant second with 6.62 million viewers and won the hour with a 2.0 key demo rating. NBC's "Dateline" was second overall with 3.26 million viewers and fourth in the key demo with a 0.7 rating. FOX was fourth overall and third in the key demo with a "Simpsons" repeat (2.66 million viewers and a 1.1 key demo rating) and a new "The Cleveland Show" (3.12 million, beating "Dateline" for the half-hour, and a 1.4 key demo rating).
8 p.m. - The first hour of the "Amazing Race" finale scored an overall win for CBS, averaging nearly 9.5 million viewers, and finished second with a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Once Upon a Time" averaged 8.935 million viewers in second and ticked up with a 3.0 key demo rating, winning the hour. NBC's "Harry's Law" did its usual ugly split, with a strong 7.52 million viewers and an exceptionally weak 0.7 key demo rating. FOX was fourth overall and third in the key demo with "The Simpsons" (4.745 million viewers and a 2.1 key demo rating) and "Bob's Burgers" (3.69 million and a 1.8 key demo rating).
9 p.m. - ABC took over first for the 9 p.m. hour with 9.31 million viewers and a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49 for "Desperate Housewives," which got a big bump as it heads towards the end. CBS' "Amazing Race" finale averaged 9.28 million viewers and a 2.7 key demo rating for a close second in both measures. NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" was third overall with 5.66 million and fourth with a 1.6 key demo rating. FOX was a close third in the key demo and fourth overall with "Family Guy" (5.55 million viewers and a 2.7 key demo rating) and "American Dad" (4.76 million viewers and a 2.3 key demo rating).
10 p.m. - CBS' "NYC 22" won the 10 p.m. hour overall with 6.94 million viewers and finished third with a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49, slightly up from last week. NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" was second overall with 6.66 million viewers and won the hour with a 2.1 key demo rating. The "GCB" finale averaged 5.67 million viewers and despite an improved lead-in, went down slightly with a 1.8 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.