'Simpsons' off TV radar; CBS wins in viewers


NEW YORK -- "The Simpsons" may have been the boxoffice king over the weekend, but the TV series wasn't even the king of the hill when it came to Fox's Sunday night lineup.

CBS and Fox split Sunday night's primetime, with CBS capturing viewership thanks to "60 Minutes" and two episodes of "Family Guy" winning 9 p.m. and the night in adults 18-49.

CBS got the night started with "60 Minutes" (8.3 million, 1.3 rating/5 share in adults 18-49), which was the night's most-viewed show according to preliminary estimates released Monday by Nielsen Media Research. A repeat of ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.5 million, 1.5/6) was the top show at 7 p.m. in the demo.

The 8 p.m. hour went to "Big Brother" (6.3 million, 2.4/8), which came out ahead of everything else in the hour, including a repeat "Simpsons" (4.7 million, 2.2/7) and a repeat "American Dad" (4.3 million, 2.1/7).

Fox won 9 p.m. with two repeat episodes of "Family Guy" (5.9 million, 2.9/8), while NBC won viewership with a repeat "Law & Order" (6.7 million, 1.6/5). NBC won 10 p.m. with a repeat "Law & Order: SVU" (6.8 million, 1.9/5) against CBS' repeat "Shark" (5.1 million, 1.2/4) and ABC's repeat "Brothers & Sisters" (3.3 million, 1.1/3).

Monday averages: CBS (6.4 million, 1.6/5); NBC (6.2 million, 1.6/5); ABC (4.7 million, 1.4/5); Fox (4.2 million, 2.0/6); and the CW (1.3 million, 0.5/2).