ABC extends Sunday streak


ABC's reality block powered the network to its fifth Sunday victory in a row, with freshman series "Oprah's Big Give" and "Here Come the Newlyweds" leveling off in the Nielsens.

ABC won the night among total viewers and the adults 18-49 demographic (9 million total viewers, 3.1 preliminary adults 18-49 rating and a 9 share), continuing its Sunday winning streak. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (11.1 million, 3.9/11) was the highest-rated show, down slightly from last week. "Big Give" (9.9 million, 3.5/9) was down a notch, and "Newlyweds" (6.9 million, 2.9/8) was up a tick, but both were on par after a couple weeks of pronounced post-premiere declines.

Second-place CBS was boosted by a half-hour of NCAA overrun, then aired "60 Minutes" (12 million, 3.1/9), "Big Brother" (10.3 million, 2.3/6) and repeats.

In third, NBC had two hours of "Dateline" (7.1 million, 1.3/4) followed by repeats.

Fox was tight for fourth, airing six half-hour comedies; four were reruns. The two originals represented Fox doubling up episodes of its low-rated freshman comedy "Unhitched" (3.1 million, 1.5/4 for both), suggesting a burn-off.

On the CW, "Everybody Hates Chris" (1 million, 0.5/1) and "Aliens in America" (900,000, 0.4/1) were flat, but "The Game" (1.3 million, 0.6/1) and "Girlfriends" (1.2 million, 0.5/1) were up slightly from last week.