TV Ratings: Solid Start for "Desperate Housewives" & "Brothers & Sisters" (9/30/07)
"Desperate Housewives" was the most watched show in America last night pulling in 18.98 million viewers, while its lead-out "Brothers & Sisters" retained 70% of that audience and scored 13.26 million.
Although both shows did much better one year ago (24.09 million and 15.69 million, respectively) some of that loss may of course be attributed to a strong increase in DVR penetration in the US.
Also, "Brothers & Sisters" was stronger than in the spring of this year; it did much better job retaining "Desperate Housewives" audience and it pulled in almost twice as many 18-49 people than the competing "Shark" on CBS (5.1 vs. 2.7).
"Cold Case" on CBS (13.56 million) and "Sunday Night Football" on NBC (13.32 million) also did very well last night.