CBS dominates Sun. with NCAA, '60 Minutes'


NEW YORK -- NCAA men's basketball and the Edwards' interview with Katie Couric on "60 Minutes" propelled CBS to a resounding win in Sunday's primetime.

Basketball runover spilled 38 minutes into primetime in the Eastern and Central time zones, sending "60 Minutes" and the rest of the network's schedule back that far. CBS averaged 12.9 million viewers and a 3.6 rating/10 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary data released Monday by Nielsen Media Research.

Couric's interview with Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, highlighted "60 Minutes," which delivered an estimated 12.6 million viewers and a 3.3/11 in adults 18-49 between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

"The Amazing Race: All Stars" averaged 11.1 million viewers and a 3.3/10 while "Cold Case" averaged 13.3 million viewers and a 3.5/9. "Without a Trace," which started around 10:38 p.m. ET, averaged 12.6 million viewers and a 3.3/10.

ABC had only the first two hours of primetime original, with "America's Funniest Home Videos" (8.3 million, 2.3/8) and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (12 million, 4.2/11). Most of Fox's lineup was new with highlights including "The Simpsons" (6.9 million, 3.3/10) at 8 p.m. and "Family Guy" (8 million, 4.2/10).

Few viewers seemed to want the finale of "Grease: You're The One That I Want" (6.8 million, 1.9/5), which dropped 21% from its season average. Things improved for a repeat "Deal or No Deal" (9.6 million, 2.7/7) at 9 p.m. while NBC kept its adults 18-49 average although dropped in viewers for "The Apprentice: Los Angeles" (6.7 million, 2.7/7).

Nightly averages: ABC (7.8 million, 2.6/7); CBS (12.9 million, 3.6/10); NBC (7 million, 2.1/6); Fox (5.6 million, 2.8/8); and The CW (1.6 million, 0.7/2).