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Ratings: President Obama boosts '60 Minutes' to Sunday win, as 'Kings' declines

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President Obama’s continuing comedy tour may have contained an ill-advised “joke,” but it still boosted ratings for CBS’ 60 Minutes on Sunday to 16.2 million viewers, according to early Nielsen estimates. (NCAA basketball bled nearly an hour into prime time in some areas, so CBS’ numbers are more approximate than usual.) 60 Minutes’ lead-out, The Amazing Race (11.6 million), benefited from the Commander-in-Chief’s largesse, as well. NBC’s Kings, on the other hand, sunk a staggering 23 percent in its second airing to 4.6 million; yet its lead-out, Celebrity Apprentice (7.3 million) gained 9 percent over last week. Edie’s much-hyped demise on ABC’s Desperate Housewives (14.7 million) goosed ratings by only a few hundred thousand — though it was the series’ most-watched episode in three months — while Brothers and Sisters (10.4 million) remained flat.

 

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

 

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
7 p.m. NCAA Basketball (CBS)
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)
Dateline (NBC)
American Dad (Fox)
Jericho (The CW)
15.5
7.1
6.6
2.0 (repeat)
.9 (repeat)
7:30 p.m. King of the Hill (Fox) 2.4 (repeat)
8 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)
The Simpsons (Fox)
Kings (NBC)
Movie: Mod Squad (The CW)
16.2
9.8
6.2
4.6
.9
8:30 p.m. King of the Hill (Fox) 5.5
9 p.m. Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Amazing Race XIV (CBS)
Family Guy (Fox)
Celebrity Apprentice (NBC)
14.7
11.6
7.4
7.3
9:30 p.m. American Dad (Fox) 5.8
10 p.m. Cold Case (CBS)
Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
10.8
10.4

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