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Broadcast TV Ratings for Sunday, April 29, 2007

ABC narrowly passes up CBS to take the first Sunday of May sweeps.

ABC finished in a tie for first on the evening among households with a 7.4/13 household rating and first among viewers (11.78 million) and among adults 18-49 (4.4/13 rating).

  • Last Week:
    • 6.6/11 HH Rating [#2]
    • 10.62M Viewers [#1]
    • 3.8/10 A18-49 Rating [#1]
  • 7:00 p.m.: America’s Funniest Home Videos (4.7/10 HH rating, 8.44M viewers, 2.7/10 A18-49 rating) kicked off the evening for ABC with a first place finish on the hour among adults 18-49.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.9/10 to 4.7/10
      • Viewers – 8.47M to 8.44M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.5/9 to 2.7/10
  • 8:00 p.m.: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (6.3/11 HH rating, 10.32M viewers, 3.8/11 A18-49 rating) continued ABC’s winning streak among adults 18-49, finishing in first place again for the hour, just slightly ahead of FOX’s double offering of The Simpsons.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 6.7/11 to 6.3/11
      • Viewers – 10.68M to 10.32M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.1/11 to 3.8/11
  • 9:00 p.m.: Desperate Housewives (10.8/17 HH rating, 16.85M viewers, 6.6/17 A18-49 rating) peaked up a bit as it nears its season finale, growing 940,000 viewers, 6% among households and 8% among adults 18-49.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 10.2/15 to 10.8/17
      • Viewers – 15.91M to 16.85M
      • Adults 18-49 – 6.1/15 to 6.6/17
  • 10:00: Brothers & Sisters (7.9/13 HH rating, 11.52M viewers, 4.4/12 A18-49 rating) remained strong, with solid retention rates out of ‘Housewives’.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (4/15/2007):
      • Households – 7.6/13 to 7.9/13
      • Viewers – 11.26M to 11.52M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.5/11 to 4.4/12
    • Last weeks numbers (Brothers & Sisters-REPEAT):
      • Households – 4.7/8
      • Viewers – 6.41M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.4/6

CBS followed tied for first on the night with ABC among households with a 7.4/13 household rating, second among viewers (11.55 million) and third among adults 18-49 with a 2.7/8 rating.

  • Last Week
    • 6.5/11 HH Rating [#2]
    • 10.00M Viewers [#2]
    • 2.3/6 A18-49 Rating [#3]
  • 7:00 p.m.: 60 Minutes (7.1/14 HH rating, 10.77M viewers, 1.9/7 A18-49 rating) gave CBS a win for the hour among households and viewers, but had to settle for second among adults 18-49, losing out to ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos in the key demo.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 6.6/13 to 7.1/14
      • Viewers – 9.97M to 10.77M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.8/6 to 1.9/7
  • 8:00 p.m.: The Amazing Race All-Stars (5.8/10 HH rating, 9.52M viewers, 3.0/9 A18-49 rating) continued its trend of losing total audience from its lead-in, while still growing from its lead-in in the key A18-49 demographic.  Additionally, the show was up 830,000 viewers, and 7% among households and adults 18-49 from the week prior.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 5.4/9 to 5.8/10
      • Viewers – 8.69M to 9.52M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.8/8 to 3.0/9
  • 9:00 p.m.: Cold Case (7.8/12 HH rating, 12.20M viewers, 2.7/7 A18-49 rating) returned even from its last newly aired episode among households and viewers, though did dip some among adults 18-49 (-10%).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (4/15/2007):
      • Households – 7.7/12 to 7.8/12
      • Viewers – 12.19M to 12.20M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.0/7 to 2.7/7
  • 10:00 p.m.: Without a Trace (8.9/15 HH rating, 13.69M viewers, 3.2/9 A18-49 rating) ended the evening as CBS’s top-rated and most watched show across the board.  Negatively, it was down slightly from its last newly aired episode.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (4/15/2007):
      • Households – 9.1/15 to 8.9/15
      • Viewers – 14.31M to 13.69M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.5/9 to 3.2/9
    • Last weeks numbers (Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness — 9:00-11:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 7.0/11
      • Viewers – 10.66M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.3/6

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 4.3/8 household rating, but fell to fourth place among viewers (6.37 million) and among adults 18-49 (1.7/5 rating).

  • Last Week:
    • 4.8/8 HH Rating [#3]
    • 7.05M Viewers [#3]
    • 2.2/6 A18-49 Rating [#4]
  • 7:00-9:00 p.m.: A two-hour edition of Dateline NBC (5.3/10 HH rating, 7.66M viewers, 1.6/5 A18-49 rating) grew quite nicely from last week, and was NBC’s highest rated and most watched program among households and viewers.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 3.9/7 to 5.3/10
      • Viewers – 5.48M to 7.66M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.4/4 to 1.6/5
  • 9:00-11:00 p.m.: The theatrical film Along Came Polly (3.3/6 HH rating, 4.97M viewers, 1.7/5 A18-49 rating) paced well below what the time slot normally averages.
    • Last weeks numbers (Deal or No Deal — 9:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 6.1/9
      • Viewers – 9.25M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.7/6
    • Last weeks numbers (The Apprentice: Los Angeles — 10:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 5.1/8
      • Viewers – 7.98M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.2/8

Fox followed in fourth place for the evening with a 3.9/7 household rating, but was third among viewers (6.40 million) and an even better second among adults 18-49 with a 3.1/9 rating.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.3/5 HH Rating [#4]
    • 5.63M Viewers [#4]
    • 2.4/6 A18-49 Rating [#3]
  • 7:00 & 7:30 p.m.: Back-to-back new episodes of King of the Hill (2.3/5 HH rating, 3.56M viewers, 1.7/6 A18-49 rating) and (2.6/5 HH rating, 4.15M viewers, 2.0/7 A18-49 rating) peaked up slightly from last week’s half-hour installment, though the show remains well down from where it began earlier in the season.
    • Week-to-week numbers (King of the Hill — 7:30 p.m.):
      • Households – 2.2/4 to 2.6/5
      • Viewers – 3.34M to 4.15M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.6/5 to 2.0/7
    • Last weeks numbers (The War at Home — 7:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 1.9/4
      • Viewers – 2.85M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.2/5
  • 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.: A new episode of The Simpsons (4.5/8 HH rating, 7.54M viewers, 3.6/11 A18-49 rating) and a repeat of The Simpsons (4.7/8 HH rating, 8.15M viewers, 3.8/11 A18-49 rating) provided a solid overall rating for FOX.  Worth noting was a repeat of the show was actually able to out-rate a new episode.  That certainly doesn’t happen often.
    • Week-to-week numbers The Simpsons — 8:00 p.m.)::
      • Households – 4.0/7 to 4.5/8
      • Viewers – 6.46M to 7.54M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.0/9 to 3.6/11
    • Last weeks numbers (The Simpsons-REPEAT — 8:30 p.m.):
      • Households – 4.0/6
      • Viewers – 6.61M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.1/8
  • 9:00 & 9:30 p.m.: New episodes of Family Guy (4.9/8 HH rating, 8.22M viewers, 4.1/11 A18-49 rating) and American Dad (4.2/7 HH rating, 6.77M viewers, 3.4/9 A18-49 rating) returned on par with their last newly aired episodes.  Family Guy was the networks top-rated program among the key A18-49 demographic.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (Family Guy — 3/25/2007):
      • Households – 4.9/8 to 4.9/8
      • Viewers – 7.97M to 8.22M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.2/10 to 4.1/11
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (American Dad — 4/1/2007):
      • Households – 3.7/6 to 4.2/7
      • Viewers – 5.94M to 6.77M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.9/7 to 3.4/9
    • Last weeks numbers (Family Guy-REPEAT — 9:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 4.0/6
      • Viewers – 6.23M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.1/8
    • Last weeks numbers (Family Guy-REPEAT — 9:30 p.m.):
      • Households – 4.2/6
      • Viewers – 6.72M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.3/8

The CW was left then in fifth place with a 1.2/2 household rating, 1.85 million total viewers and a 0.7/2 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 1.3/2 HH Rating [#5]
    • 1.91M Viewers [#5]
    • 0.8/2 A18-49 Rating [#5]
  • 7:00 p.m.: A repeat of 7th Heaven (0.9/2 HH rating, 1.23M viewers, 0.4/2 A18-49 rating) began another lowly viewed evening on The CW.
    • Last weeks numbers (7th Heaven-REPEAT):
      • Households – 1.0/2
      • Viewers – 1.34M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.5/2
  • 8:00 p.m.: 7th Heaven (1.8/3 HH rating, 2.86M viewers, 1.1/3 A18-49 rating) managed to bump up a tad from last week, notching slight increases among viewers and adults 18-49.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 1.9/3 to 1.8/3
      • Viewers – 2.79M to 2.86M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.0/3 to 1.1/3
  • 9:00 p.m.: An encore of America’s Next Top Model (1.1/2 HH rating, 1.48M viewers, 0.7/2 A18-49 rating) ended the evening for The CW.
    • Last weeks numbers (America’s Next Top Model-ENCORE):
      • Households – 1.1/2
      • Viewers – 1.56M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.7/2

Note: Comparison’s from the week prior (or episode-to-episode, etc.) are based on final nationals. Ratings for the current day are based on fast nationals, unless otherwise noted. The final rating for episodes that aired this evening will be reported the following week. So for example, the final rating for tonights episode of “Desperate Housewives” will be reported in next weeks report for Sunday, May 6, 2007.

Source: Fast/Final National Ratings Data from Nielsen Media Research and PIFeedback.com