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'ER' makes a healthy exit, 'Cupid' bests 'Mars'

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'ER' makes a healthy exit, 'Cupid' bests 'Mars'

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Carrie Underwood cleaned up at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards. The show itself earened its best  ratings in 10 years and came within 1 million viewers of the higher-profile Country Music Awards.
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Carrie Underwood cleaned up at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards. The show itself earened its best ratings in 10 years and came within 1 million viewers of the higher-profile Country Music Awards.
By Gary Levin, USA TODAY
The Academy of Country Music Awards and March Madness gave CBS a boost last week.


Country mile. CBS' Academy of Country Music Awards, an also-ran moved from mid-May, drew 14.8 million viewers Sunday, its biggest audience since 1998 and just 1 million shy of last year's more prestigious Country Music Awards.

Final four. The second of two NCAA matches, with eventual champion North Carolina, averaged 14.5 million viewers Saturday, matching last year's game, which also featured the Tar Heels.

Stat. NBC's series finale for ER, after 15 seasons, averaged 16.4 million viewers Thursday, the show's best number in nearly three years. It also marked TV's biggest drama finale since Murder, She Wrote in 1996. A retrospective claimed 10.6 million.

Lovelorn. The premiere of ABC's Cupid (2009 edition) drew a modest 7.2 million viewers Tuesday, a bigger turnout than Wednesday's series finale for Life on Mars (5.6 million).

You got it. CBS' celebrity-prank special, I Get That a Lot, drew a time slot-winning 10.4 million Wednesday.

'Bournes again. Fox's Osbournes: Reloaded, the first of several variety specials, claimed 8.4 million for Tuesday's 35-minute opener, about a third of its American Idol lead-in.

Zip code. CW's 90210 returned to a series-low 2 million Tuesday after a seven-week break.

Cable openers. HBO's In Treatment (657,000 Sunday, up from last season); Showtime's The Tudors (726,000, down slightly); TBS' My Boys (1.3 million Tuesday, down); ABC Family's Greek (991,000 Monday, way down); and Animal Planet's River Monsters (1.3 million Sunday, the network's biggest start).

Cable closers. FX's Damages (1 million Wednesday, down from 1.7 million lastseason); MTV's The Real World: Brooklyn (1.7 million Wednesday); Showtime's United States of Tara (413,000 Sunday).



"I believe whatever doesn't kill you simply makes you... stranger."

- Joker (Heath Ledger)

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