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Ratings: Fireworks and news win Fourth of July weekend

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The holiday weekend gave CBS reasons to celebrate during an otherwise rife-with-reruns summer weekend. An inside look at the U.S. Airways flight that landed on the Hudson River last winter and an interview with Jon Bon Jovi helped buoy 60 Minutes to 8.2 million viewers, while Saturday’s Boston Pops Fireworks Special played to 6.7 million and helped the net win the night. NBC’s Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks entertained another 5.4 million that night as burn-off episodes of ABC’s Eli Stone (2.6 million) and NBC’s Kings (1.3 million) floundered the same night. Michael Jackson coverage continued to fuel newsmagazines on Friday night, with two hours of Dateline NBC (4.4 million) and ABC’s hour-long 20/20 (4.3 million).

Below, a look at Sunday’s lineup.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
7 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS)

Dateline (NBC)

America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)

‘Til Death (Fox)

Valentine Inc. (The CW)


4.6 (repeat)




7:30 p.m. Just for Laughs (ABC)

American Dad (Fox)


2.0 (repeat)

8 p.m. Million Dollar Password (CBS)

Merlin (NBC)

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)

The Simpsons (Fox)

Road House (The CW)

6.7 (repeat)


3.8 (repeat)

3.7 (repeat)


8:30 p.m. King of the Hill (Fox) 3.3 (repeat)
9 p.m. Cold Case (CBS)

Family Guy (Fox)

The Bourne Supremacy (NBC)

Desperate Housewives (ABC)

7.0 (repeat)

4.4 (repeat)

4.1 (repeat)

2.2 (repeat)

9:30 p.m. The Simpsons (Fox) 4.2 (repeat)
10 p.m. Without a Trace (CBS)

Brothers & Sisters (ABC)

6.6 (repeat)

2.0 (repeat)