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Ratings: 'The Cleveland Show' debuts well for Fox

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ABC’s season premieres of Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters retained their May sweeps audiences, but NBC’s Sunday Night Football dwarfed the rest of the competition with an average total viewership of 14.1 million over three hours. Fox scored a solid debut for the highly anticipated The Cleveland Show: 9.4 million people tuned in — a 17 percent improvement on the animated newbie’s Simpsons lead-in. The premieres of Family Guy and American Dad improved on last season’s first-episode ratings for Fox as well.

On Friday night, impressive turnouts for returning series Ghost Whisperer, Medium, and Numb3rs delivered a ratings win for CBS. Below, a look at Sunday night’s stats.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
7:00 p.m. NFL Runover/60 Minutes (CBS)

Football Night in America (NBC)

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)

Brothers (Fox)

17.5

8.6

7.3

5.0 (repeat)

7:30 60 Minutes (CBS) 15.0
8:00 NBC Sunday Night Football (NBC)

The Amazing Race XV (CBS)

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)

The Simpsons (Fox)

13.3

11.7

10.5

8.2

8:30 The Cleveland Show (Fox) 9.4
9:00 NBC Sunday Night Football (NBC)

Desperate Housewives (ABC)

The Amazing Race XV (CBS)

Family Guy (Fox)

15.5 (continued)

13.2

9.9 (continued)

10.2

9:30 American Dad (Fox) 7.1
10:00 NBC Sunday Night Football (NBC)

Brothers and Sisters (ABC)

Cold Case (CBS)

13.6 (continued)

9.3

9.0

Source: Nielsen

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