'Case' drives CBS to Sun. win in viewers


NEW YORK -- "Cold Case" was the hot show Sunday night in primetime, leading CBS to a win in viewers, though the network bowed to ABC in the adults 18-49 demographic.

It was a quiet night in television without originals of most shows, especially ABC's "Desperate Housewives." That gave "Cold Case" (13.1 million, 3.5 rating/9 share in adults 18-49) the top honors for Sunday's primetime, according to preliminary data released Monday by Nielsen Media Research.

"Cold Case" won at 10 p.m., an hour later than normal to make way for a two-hour "Amazing Race." It still beat ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" (9.1 million, 3.3/9), which was hurt by following a "Housewives" clip show. But it was down only slightly from its lead-in of 9.8 million viewers and a 3.5/9. NBC's "The Apprentice" (6 million, 2.2/6) was a distant third place in the hour.

The 9 p.m. hour was won in viewership by a repeat "Deal or No Deal" (10.3 million, 2.8/7) against "Desperate Housewives" and the second half of "Amazing Race" (9.3 million, 3.0/8) although a repeat of Fox's "Family Guy" (6.7 million, 3.4/9) won its half-hour in the demo. Fox couldn't keep the momentum with a new "American Dad" (5.9 million, 2.9/7).

A repeat "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (9.8 million, 2.7/7) won 8 p.m. in viewership and the demo against the first half of "Race" (8.6 million, 2.7/7), "Dateline: NBC" (9 million, 2.2/6) and an hour of "The Simpsons" (6.5 million, 3.1/9).

CBS won 7 p.m. in viewership with "60 Minutes" (11.4 million, 2.0/7) while ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" (8.7 million, 2.7/9) won the hour in adults 18-49.

Nightly averages: ABC (9.4 million, 3.3/9); CBS (10.6 million, 2.8/8); NBC (7.9 million, 2.2/6); Fox (5.4 million, 2.6/7); and The CW (1.6 million, 0.6/2).