CBS Ratings Seesaw: Friday Up, Sunday Down

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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CBS' ratings fortunes teeter-tottered over the weekend: Its Friday night crime dramas "Ghost Whisperer" and "Moonlight" rose to impressive gains, but most of its Sunday slate, led by "The Amazing Race," dipped from last week's season highs.
CBS ruling Friday is nothing new. But the network seems to be strengthening its hold as "Ghost Whisperer" (2.9 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49, up 16% from last week), "Moonlight" (2.5, up 14%) and "Numb3rs" (2.8, up 22%) jumped week-to-week. "Moonlight" matched its highest rating to date.

Also Friday, the time-period premiere of Fox's "Don't Forget the Lyrics" (2.2) doubled its "Next Great American Band" lead-in (1.1) to place second in the 9 p.m. hour and match its Thursday average. If the number holds up next week, it could give Fox some much-needed leverage on Friday nights—particularly once scripted competitors start going into repeats.

On Sunday, however, CBS was in second place. Which doesn't sound too bad until you realize that NBC, ABC and Fox all tied for first.

NBC had "Football Night in America" (3.4) and "Sunday Night Football" (5.7, down 15% from last week).

ABC enjoyed across-the-board increases with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (5.3, its best audience since February), "Desperate Housewives" (7.2, up a couple ticks) and "Brothers & Sisters" (5.0, up 9%).

Fox's comedies continue to perform strongly, with "The Simpsons" (5.1, its second-best number since January), "King of the Hill" (3.7, up 6% from its last original episode), "Family Guy" (on par) and "American Dad" (4.0, its best since January).

CBS saw drops for "The Amazing Race" (a 28% drop from last week's premiere) and "Cold Case" (down 14% from last week's season high), but "Shark" was up slightly (2.6).

The CW had "CW Now" (0.4), "Life Is Wild" (0.4) and repeats.
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