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[03/25/13 - 08:30 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NCAA Overrun Sparks CBS to Victory
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for sunday, march 24, 2013)

Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the nature of live sports, Fast Nationals for CBS are approximate.]

CBS (10.137 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) claimed the top spot on Sunday thanks to its mix of "NCAA Overrun" (13.113 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.1, #1), "60 Minutes" (10.557 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2), "The Amazing Race 22" (9.769 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T4), "The Good Wife" (9.254 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T7) and "The Mentalist" (8.827 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T11).

The silver then went to FOX (3.586 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) with repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (2.161 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T16), "The Cleveland Show" (2.297 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T16) and "The Simpsons" (3.719 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.6, #10) plus originals from "Bob's Burgers" (3.746 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9), "Family Guy" (5.136 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3) and "American Dad" (4.456 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T4).

Next up was ABC (6.196 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with fresh installments of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.851 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #13), "Once Upon a Time" (7.297 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6), "Revenge" (6.132 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T7) and "Red Widow" (4.503 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #14).

And finally, two-hour editions of "Dateline NBC" (6.100 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #15) and "The Celebrity Apprentice" (5.129 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T11) on NBC (5.614 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) closed out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+68.75% - 60 Minutes
+43.75% - American Dad (vs. 3/10/13)
+20.00% - The Good Wife
+20.00% - Red Widow
+13.04% - Family Guy
+6.25% - Bob's Burgers (vs. 3/10/13)
+4.55% - The Amazing Race 22
0.00% - Revenge
-4.55% - Once Upon a Time
-6.25% - The Mentalist
-7.14% - America's Funniest Home Videos (vs. 3/10/13)
-15.38% - Dateline NBC
-16.67% - The Celebrity Apprentice

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+23.81% - Family Guy (vs. Family Guy (Repeat))
+22.22% - Dateline NBC (vs. Dateline NBC/Harry's Law)
+15.00% - American Dad
+8.33% - America's Funniest Home Videos
+8.00% - 60 Minutes
0.00% - The Good Wife
0.00% - The Amazing Race 22
-15.00% - Bob's Burgers
-16.67% - The Celebrity Apprentice
-25.00% - Once Upon a Time
-25.00% - The Mentalist (vs. CSI: Miami)
-30.77% - Revenge (vs. Desperate Housewives)
-45.45% - Red Widow (vs. GCB)


Here are the highlights of the 18 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (3/25/12):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the nature of live sports, Fast Nationals for CBS are approximate.]

CBS (10.16 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) edged out the competition on Sunday thanks to its mix of a "NCAA Overrun" (12.93 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1), "60 Minutes" (10.92 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4), "The Amazing Race 20" (9.29 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5), "The Good Wife" (9.48 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T12) and "CSI: Miami" (8.95 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T8).

ABC (7.48 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then was a close second place with fresh installments of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.05 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #15), "Once Upon a Time" (8.67 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) - series low, "Desperate Housewives" (8.71 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3) and "GCB" (6.49 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6).

Next up was FOX (3.74 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and its combination of "The Simpsons" (2.34 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T16), "The Cleveland Show" (3.14 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.5, #14), another "The Simpsons" (4.12 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.9, #11), "Bob's Burgers" (3.96 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T8), "Family Guy" (4.62 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 2.1, #7) and "American Dad" (4.27 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Dateline NBC" (5.64 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T16), "Harry's Law" (8.03 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #18) - a series low - and "The Celebrity Apprentice" (5.99 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T12) - tied as its season low - rounded out the night on NBC (6.41 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+11.11% - CSI: Miami
+10.00% - GCB
+4.17% - 60 Minutes
+4.00% - Desperate Housewives
0.00% - The Celebrity Apprentice
0.00% - The Cleveland Show
-3.45% - Once Upon a Time
-4.76% - Bob's Burgers
-7.69% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-9.09% - American Dad
-9.09% - Dateline NBC
-10.00% - The Good Wife
-11.54% - The Amazing Race 20
-27.27% - Harry's Law

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+266.67% - GCB (vs. Brothers & Sisters (Repeat))
+188.89% - Desperate Housewives (vs. Desperate Housewives (Repeat))
+66.67% - Dateline NBC
+3.70% - Once Upon a Time (vs. Secret Millionaire)
-9.09% - Bob's Burgers
-11.76% - The Cleveland Show (vs. American Dad (Repeat))
-16.67% - 60 Minutes
-20.00% - American Dad
-25.00% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-25.93% - CSI: Miami
-28.13% - The Amazing Race 20
-38.46% - Harry's Law (vs. America's Next Great Restaurant)
-40.00% - The Celebrity Apprentice
-43.75% - The Good Wife (vs. Undercover Boss)

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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