ABC’s 8-10 PM American Idol (1.4 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, 7.88 million viewers) continued its run as Sunday’s top broadcast program in the demo, more than doubling NBC’s World of Dance (0.8, 3.36M) head-to-head in total viewers, and by sixth tenths in the demo.
CBS’ 60 Minutes (0.8, 9.06M) clocked the night’s biggest crowd. ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.1, 5.68M), with its first original since April 7, beat the newsmag in the demo, jumping three tenths since that prior original.
Tumbling off its newsmag lead-in, the launch of CBS’ 8 PM special event series The Red Line (0.5, 4.86M) tied Fox’s debut of Friday’s Proven Innocent as the lowest Big 4 drama premiere so far this season. The Red Line’s demo was little more than half the 0.9 CBS has averaged in the two-hour time slot this season with God Friended Me and NCIS: LA.
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Red Line pushed by an hour NCIS: Los Angeles (0.6, 5.63M), which hit new demo and total-viewer lows at 10 PM. Even so it snared the time slot’s largest overall audience on Sunday night. ABC’s 10 PM Shark Tank (0.8, 4.10M) won the hour in the demo.
NBC’s 8 PM World of Dance regional final scored a five-week high in the 18-49 age bracket, and a six-week best in total viewers. At 10 PM, NBC’s Good Girls (0.6, 2.40M) equaled its best demo performance since its season launch March 3, and hit a seven-week high in total viewers.
With their first originals since April 7, Fox’s The Simpsons (0.7. 1.92M) and Bob’s Burgers (0.8, 1.83M) equaled their most recent first-runs. Meanwhile, Family Guy (0.8, 1.96M tumbled a tenth from its most recent original March 31.
ABC’s primetime followed the highest-rated NBA conference semifinals broadcast since 2011, with the Golden State Warriors’ hard-fought victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference semis. The broadcast delivered a 5.9 metered market rating, up 34% from last year’s comparable game. Play peaked with an 8.1 rating in the final quarter-hour.
Sunday’s ABC broadcast delivered a 17.4 in the San Francisco-Oakland market, and a 13.0 in the Houston market.
Additionally, ABC’s coverage of Sunday’s Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 1, in which the Boston Celtics defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, generated a 3.7 metered market rating – up 16% from the last comparable Game 1 in 2017. The broadcast drew a 14.3 rating in the Milwaukee market and a 9.3 rating in the Boston market.
In primetime Sunday, ABC (1.2, 6.38M) topped in both metrics, followed not closely by NBC (0.7, 2.87M) in the demo. CBS (0.6, 6.10M) came in second in total viewers and tied Fox (0.6, 1.59M) for No. 3 in the demo. The CW (0.2, 935,000) followed, owing to Supergirl (0.3, 1.14M) and Charmed (0.2, 730K).
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