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Ratings: NBC better off without 'Kings' on Sunday

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NBC boosted its Sunday night ratings by booting big-budget drama Kings off the schedule. In its place, a two-hour Dateline snagged 6.4 million viewers (as opposed to the mere 3.6 million Kings sired last week), helping lead-out Celebrity Apprentice (7.9 million) score an extra 900,000 watchers. CBS won the night with the Masters Golf Tournament leading into its usually strong primetime lineup (though the numbers in the chart below are slightly skewed because the tournament ran over).

As for the rest of the weekend, ABC ruled Saturday with the annual Easter weekend airing of The Ten Commandments (6.8 million), and CBS’ almost-as-powerful Ghost Whisperer/Flashpoint/Numb3rs lineup won Friday night, as usual.












































Time Show Viewers (in millions)
7 p.m. Masters Golf Tournament (CBS)
Dateline (NBC)
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)
American Dad (Fox)
Jericho (The CW)
6.2 (repeat)
1.9 (repeat)
.6 (repeat)
7:30 p.m. King of the Hill (Fox) 3.0 (repeat)
8 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)
The Simpsons (Fox)
3 Strikes (The CW)
4.7 (repeat)
8:30 p.m. King of the Hill (Fox) 4.2 (repeat)
9 p.m. The Amazing Race XIV (CBS)
Celebrity Apprentice (NBC)
Family Guy (Fox)
5.4 (repeat)
9:30 p.m. American Dad (Fox) 4.5 (repeat)
10 p.m. Cold Case (CBS)
Desperate Housewives (ABC)
4.7 (repeat)