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Ratings: Tom Selleck's Jesse Stone Ices the Competition

Tom Selleck with Leslie Hope, Jesse Stone: Thin Ice

Sunday's ratings summary:

7 pm/ET
60 Minutes topped the hour with 14.12 million total viewers, besting the conclusion of Fox's NASCAR coverage (10.52 mil, No. 1 in demos). SNL: The Best of Tracy Morgan placed fourth (behind ABC's videos show), with three mil.

8 pm
Extreme Makeover (10.96 million viewers) just barely edged out The Amazing Race (10.75 mil). SNL: The Best of Will Ferrell improved on Tracy's highlights reel, delivering 5.63 mil.

9 pm
In the three-way competition between two-hour "events," CBS' Jesse Stone: Thin Ice placed first - and was the night's most watched program - with 15.13 million viewers. That marks a 16 percent increase over the mystery series' previous installment. Brothers & Sisters (ahem) "came to life" with nearly 12 million viewers, a 27 percent surge over its last outing. 

The second cycle of Celebrity Apprentice premiered to 8.8 mil, an 18 percent plunge from the first season's opener. Maybe next time, the Donald should promise a "shocking death"?

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Tonight's TV Hot List for Sunday, March 1, 2009

Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters

Celebrity Apprentice
9 pm/ET NBC
Sixteen new celebrities get down to business in the eighth season of Donald Trump's competition series. Among the stars squaring off in rung-climbing business battles: singers Clint Black, Brian McKnight and Tionne Watkins; comics Andrew Dice Clay, Tom Green and Joan Rivers; sports figures Dennis Rodman, Herschel Walker and Scott Hamilton; and actress-models Claudia Jordan and Brande Roderick. The season lifts off with the celebs baking and selling cupcakes, but it won't be a piece of cake: The not-so-sweet challenge is marked by culinary slipups and a surprise taste test.

Read on for previews of Amazing Race 14, Brothers & Sisters, Jesse Stone: Thin Ice and Running in Heels. read more

VIDEO: Tom Selleck Reveals Why Jesse Stone Is on Thin Ice

Tom Selleck, Jesse Stone: Thin Ice

The police chief of Paradise, Mass. is back on duty Sunday, March 1, at 9 pm/ET, in Jesse Stone: Thin Ice, the fifth entry in CBS' TV-movie series based on the Robert B. Parker novels.

Tom Selleck stopped by the TVGuide.com offices to talk up his latest turn as the small-town cop, who this go-around finds his actions called into question by the Boston Police Department's Internal Affairs division.

Selleck also reveals why the series that made him famous, Magnum, P.I., has yet to get the reunion movie it deserves — and why it should not be lampooned on the big screen.

Watch and discuss this interview after the jump. read more

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Premise: Tom Selleck stars as New England police chief Jesse Stone in the fifth installment of the TV-movie series. Jesse is investigated by Boston's Internal Affairs after he's involved in a gunfight that leaves his friend, Commander Healy, seriously wounded. Back in Paradise, Jesse agrees to help a distraught mom search for her missing child. Rose: Kathy Baker. Dr. Dix: William Devane.

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