TV Ratings: "Desperate Housewives" Put ABC On Top
Although "Desperate Housewives" has lost over 4 million viewers from last season's average, the show is still a force to reckon with as it helped ABC win Sunday night, especially with a strong lead in the 18-49 demo.
The refreshing Rex Van De Kamp episode pulled in 18,26 million viewers at 9pm followed by an all-new "Brothers & Sisters" which managed to hold on to two thirds of that audience and score 11,78 million in total viewers.
The drama did very well in the crucial 18-49 demo finishing first and beating CBS's older-skewing "Without a Trace" (4.7/12 vs. 3.9/10).
NBC moved its reliable game show "Deal Or No Deal" to 9pm, making it the strongest link in its otherwise low-rated all-reality line-up. The show scored 10,99 million viewers.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" did not benefit from being moved out of the way of "Desperate Housewives". The reality show continues to fade behind "Brothers & Sisters" and "Without a Trace" with only 6,56 million viewers.
The series premiere of FOX's new comedy "The Winner" scored a rather decent 7,1 million viewers, since its lead-in "The Simpsons" pulled in 9,09 million at 8pm.
CBS's veteran "60 minutes" was the most watched in the 7pm hour with almost 13 million viewers. Although "The Amazing Race: All Stars" scored only 10,74 million at 8pm, the reality contest grew over 50% from its lead-in in the 18-49 demo.
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