ABC Leads Tight Sunday Ratings Race

ABC Leads Tight Sunday Ratings Race

ABC (4.86 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) won a tight race on Sunday thanks to a repeat of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.88 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) followed by week two of "Secret Millionaire" (5.35 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" (4.61 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

Here are the other highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

NBC (5.34 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.50 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) alongside repeats of "America's Got Talent" (4.99 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and another "America's Got Talent" (5.38 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

Next up was FOX (2.75 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its all-repeat lineup of "American Dad" (2.05 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #14), "The Cleveland Show" (2.24 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12), "The Simpsons" (2.98 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "Bob's Burgers" (2.67 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "Family Guy" (3.55 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and another "American Dad" (3.01 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

And finally, CBS (6.48 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) closed out the evening with "60 Minutes" (7.88 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "The 66th Annual Tony Awards" (6.01 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Dateline NBC
0.00% - Secret Millionaire
0.00% - Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition
-21.43% - 60 Minutes
Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - Dateline NBC
0.00% - 60 Minutes
-16.67% - The 66th Annual Tony Awards (vs. The 65th Annual Tony Awards)
-82.56% - Secret Millionaire (vs. NBA Finals, Game 6)
-82.56% - Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (vs. NBA Finals, Game 6)
Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (6/12/11):

The "NBA Finals, Game 6" (21.07 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.6, #1) wrapped another strong showing by ABC (17.97 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.3, #1) on Sunday. Leading off the night were pre-game specials "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (7.64 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #3) and "NBA Countdown" (9.71 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.8, #2).

FOX (3.05 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then took home the silver among adults 18-49 with its all-repeat lineup of "American Dad" (2.27 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11), "Bob's Burgers" (2.09 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11), "The Simpsons" (3.08 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), "The Cleveland Show" (3.04 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), "Family Guy" (4.11 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4) and another "American Dad" (3.71 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5).

Next up was CBS (7.49 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with perennial "60 Minutes" (9.20 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10) and its broadcast of "The 65th Annual Tony Awards" (6.92 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9).

And finally, NBC (4.13 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) closed out the evening with its mix of "Dateline NBC" (3.82 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13), "Minute to Win It" (3.19 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) and "America's Got Talent" (4.76 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8).

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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