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NOV
30
3 YEARS

'60 Minutes' ratings climb with Conan

CBS' telecast of "60 Minutes" featuring an interview with Conan O'Brien was up sharply from last week, though ranked below the show's average this season.

"Minutes" was viewed by 13.4 million viewers and drew a 2.2 preliminary rating among adults 18-49. That's up 38% from a lower-than-usual outing last week and easily won its hour. O'Brien didn't give the news program a new peak -- the episode was down 12% from the "Minutes" average this season.

Here's the full video and transcript of the O'Brien segment, and THR's analysis.

After "The Amazing Race" (10.5 million, 3.0), CBS aired the season's final two episodes of "Cold Case" (9.9 million, 2.1). The "Cold Case" numbers are on par for the bubble show, not giving the network a clear "pickup" or "cancel" indicator.

ABC came in first place for the evening with both dramas posting gains. While "Extreme Makeover" (8.6 million, 2.4) was flat, "Desperate Housewives" (12.0 million, 3.7) and "Brothers & Sisters" (8.6 million, 2.5) were up 9% each.

Fox's animated originals were on par with last week, including "The Simpsons" (6.1 million, 2.7) and a special one-hour 150th episode of "Family Guy" (7.3 million, 3.5).

NBC's "Minute to Win It" (5.6 million, 1.9) was up a tenth, while "Celebrity Apprentice" (7.0 million, 2.6) fell 16% from last week's gain.