Mandi Bierly
April 06, 2009 AT 10:34 PM EDT

The 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards gave CBS a ratings win Sunday night. The three-hour telecast averaged 14.8 million viewers — a 26 percent increase over last year, when it aired during May sweeps. Only NBC programmed a full night of original episodes opposite the country music event: Both Kings and Celebrity Apprentice dipped roughly 20 percent week-to-week, according to preliminary numbers. As for the rest of the weekend, CBS dominated that as well. The network averaged 13.9 million viewers on Saturday night with NCAA basketball and 7.8 million on Friday with repeats of Ghost Whisperer and Numb3rs and an original Flashpoint. Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles grabbed 3.4 million viewers leading up to next week’s possible series finale, while 3.5 million tuned in for another pivotal episode of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. NBC’s Friday Night Lights found a crowd of 3.6 million.












































Time Show Viewers (in millions)
7 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS)
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)
Dateline (NBC)
American Dad (Fox)
Jericho (The CW)
7.0 (repeat)
2.6 (repeat)
.7 (repeat)
7:30 p.m. King of the Hill (Fox) 2.9 (repeat)
8 p.m. 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (CBS)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)
The Simpsons (Fox)
Kings (NBC)
Movie: Rocky III (The CW)
7.1 (repeat)
8:30 p.m. Family Guy (Fox) 5.8 (repeat)
9 p.m. Celebrity Apprentice (NBC)
Family Guy (Fox)
Desperate Housewives (ABC)
6.3 (repeat)
5.6 (repeat)
9:30 p.m. The Simpsons (Fox) 5.6 (repeat)
10 p.m. Brothers & Sisters (ABC) 3.8 (repeat)

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