Brothers & Sisters displayed a strong finishing kick as its finale drew 7.18 million and a 2.0 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds — a 25 percent jump from last week, which just may help the show bounce right off the bubble.
The ABC family drama finished third in prime time's final hour, against the season finale of CSI: Miami (9.69 million) and Celebrity Apprentice (8.02 million). Still, with the upfronts looming, the improved numbers might hold sway with the network programming suits. Or is it too little too late? Meantime, CSI: Miami, which had a 2 demo rating, apparently posted its lowest-rated season ender ever, according to preliminary Nielsen figures.
Even though it's coming back, The Amazing Race two-hour finale limped to the end, averaging 8.91 viewers, hitting a series low rating with a 2.5 in the advertiser-coveted demographic.
A three-hour edition of Celebrity Apprentice averaged 7 million people and a 2.4 rating in the demo, giving NBC its best Sunday night demo numbers since the Golden Globes in January , even though it was down 23 percent from the previous week (when coverage of Osama bin Laden's demise pre-empted the show's end).
The biggest audience of the night went to President Barack Obama, who gave his first extended interview about U.S. special forces killing Osama bin Laden to 60 Minutes. The scoop by CBS News correspondent Steve Kroft pulled in 13.79 million viewers and a 2.3 rating (up 53 percent) at 7/6c.
ABC's Desperate Housewives won the 9/8c time slot with 9.67 million against Race's climactic final hour and the middle hour of the marathon Apprentice. Fox was fourth with Family Guy (6.52 million, while getting the night's highest demo, 3.2) and The Cleveland Show (4.76 million).