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TV Ratings: '60 Minutes,' 'Desperate Housewives' help CBS, ABC split Sunday
Conan boosts '60 Minutes,' while ABC still wins the 18-49 demo
CBS appeared to get Conan O'Brien boost for "60 Minutes" on Sunday night, helping the network to an overall ratings win, while "Desperate Housewives" delivered the night's best 18-49 numbers, giving ABC a demo victory for the evening.
Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 2.6 rating, holding off a closely packed field to win the key demo. CBS' 2.4 rating was second, with FOX's 2.3 rating and the 2.1 rating for NBC right behind.
Overall, though, CBS had a little bit more breathing room, averaging an estimated 10.88 million viewers and a 6.8 rating/11 share. ABC's 5.6/9 was second. NBC was third with a 3.9/7, holding off the 3.0/5 for FOX.
CBS started the night with an 8.5/16 for "60 Minutes," which also won the hour with a 2.2 demo rating, both numbers significantly up from last week's Conan-free episode. ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" was a distant second with a 3.8/7, edging the 3.5/6 for NBC's "Dateline." FOX's new "'Til Death" and a "Simpsons" repeat finished fourth.
"Desperate Housewives" moved into first for ABC in the 9 p.m. hour, doing a 7.5/12 overall and a 3.7 demo rating. CBS' two-hour "Cold Case" event, possibly the series finale, was second with a 6.0/9, but finished fourth for the hour in the demo. NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" and FOX's "Family Guy" both did a 4.2/7, though FOX had an advantage in total viewers and a big advantage in the demo, as the 150th "Family Guy" episode delivered a 3.5 demo rating (actually tying "Desperate Housewives" in the first half-hour).
"Cold Case" improved to a 6.4/11 overall for CBS in its second hour, winning the 10 p.m. hour (but finishing third in the demo). ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" was second overall with a 5.8/10 and second in the demo. NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" was third with a 4.5/8 overall, but won the hour in the demo with a 2.7 rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.