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“Apprentice” (7.9 million viewers, 3.0 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) benefited from CBS airing a low-rated Hallmark movie instead of reality powerhouse “Undercover Boss.” The show could have also received a bump due to viewers wanting to see contestant Brett Michaels, who was hospitalized after suffering a brain hemorrhage last week. “Apprentice” enjoyed its best rating in six weeks with “Minute to Win It” (5.6 million, 1.8) as the reality show’s stable lead-in.
ABC reclaimed the top spot with originals of “Desperate Housewives” (11.1 million, 3.3), tying its series low, and “Brothers & Sisters” (8.4 million, 2.4), which climbed 9% this week.
Tying NBC for second place, Fox aired originals of “The Simpsons” (5.9 million, 2.8) and “American Dad” (5.3 million, 2.7), both up slightly this week, along with repeats.
That put CBS into a rare fourth place on Sunday, with “Amazing Race” (10.6 million, 3.1), down 9% but providing a solid lead-in for the Hallmark movie “When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story” (7.2 million, 1.2), which flopped.
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