No Housewives? No Problem as ABC Wins Sunday Ratings

ABC’s extensive promotion surrounding “Their Eyes were Watching God” paid off as the network took the Sunday ratings battle.

Overall, ABC managed an 11.9 rating/19 share for the night, ahead of second place CBS’ 8.2/13. NBC was in third with a 6.7/11 while FOX was way back with a 3.6/6.

CBS kicked things off in first with the 8.1/14 for “60 Minutes.” “Dateline NBC” was second with a 6.3/11, well ahead of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” on ABC. FOX got a 3.0/5 from episodes of “King of the Hill” and “Malcolm in the Middle” and took fourth. The WB was behind in fifth with “Charmed.”

At 8 p.m., CBS just held on for a 10.0/15 for “Cold Case,” edging “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” at 9.9/15. “Dateline” dropped to third for NBC, though its ratings improved. FOX remained in fourth with “The Simpsons” (5.4/8) and “Arrested Development” (3.6/5) . The WB’s “The Starlet,” which had a 1.1/2, was a disappointment for the upstart network.

ABC took over first at 9 p.m. with the first hour of the Oprah Winfrey-produced “Their Eyes were Watching God,” which did a 16.4/24. CBS was second with a rerun of “CSI: Miami.” On NBC, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” had a 7.1/11 for a solid third. FOX stayed in fourth with a second episode of “Arrested Development” and a “Simpsons” repeat.

The movie continued to give ABC a big audience at 10 p.m. as well at 16.0/26. CBS remained in second with the 6.9/11 for “CSI: NY.” NBC’s “Crossing Jordan” was third.

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