ABC gives rivals a reality check Sun.


ABC's reality lineup conquered Sunday night despite second-week ratings decreases for "Oprah's Big Give" and "Here Come the Newlyweds."

Sunday also marked the start of daylight-saving time, which last March resulted in an average 6% across-the-board ratings drop for primetime broadcast programming. Shows airing in the 8 p.m. hour were the hardest hit last year, and networks expect weaker ratings returns this week.

ABC's "Big Give" at 9 p.m. (11.8 million viewers, a preliminary 4.0 adults 18-49 rating and an 11 share) and "Newlyweds" at 10 p.m. (8.9 million, 3.6/9) won their respective hours by clear margins. "Big Give" matched its "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" lead-in (12.4 million, 4.0/11) and tied as the highest-rated shows of the night.

"Big Give" was down 25% from its premiere, however. Although "Newlyweds" had a lower overall rating, the show only dropped 12% and maintained a larger portion of its "Big Give" lead-in compared to last week. "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.7 million, 1.9/6) opened ABC's night.

In second place in the demo, Fox aired a mix of comedy repeats and originals, including new episodes of "Simpsons" (7.3 million, 3.5/10), "King of the Hill" (6.2 million, 3.0/8), "Family Guy" (7.5 million, 3.7/9) and "Unhitched" (5.2 million, 2.6/6). Worth noting: Although its debut rating of "Unhitched" was considered modest, the show held its number the second week.

Third-place NBC aired repeats (averaging 7.7 million, 2.0/5). In fourth, CBS had "60 Minutes" (11.6 million, 1.8/6), "Big Brother" (6.5 million, 2.2/6), a "Cold Case" repeat and "Dexter" (6.6 million, 1.9/5).

The CW largely aired repeats, along with new episodes of "Everybody Hates Chris" (1.4 million, 0.5/1) and "Aliens in America" (1.2 million, 0.4/1).