Thanks to Sunday's highest rated program, "Desperate Housewives," ABC won the night in the key demo and eked out an overall tie with the night's normal victor, CBS.
ABC averaged a 3.2 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, topping the 2.2 rating for both FOX and CBS. NBC's 2.0 rating followed closely, while The CW's 0.3 rating followed not-so-closely.
Overall, CBS averaged a 6.2 rating/11 share, while ABC averaged a 6.2/10. CBS' estimated average viewership of 10.01 million nipped the 9.8 million for ABC. NBC was a distant third with a 4.3/7, with FOX's 2.7/5 good for fourth. The CW was fifth with a 0.7/1.
CBS kicked the night off in first with a 6.7/13 for "60 Minutes." ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" was second with a 4.4/8 and won the hour in the 18-49 demo. NBC's "Dateline" was second, far outdoing the 1.6/3 averaged by FOX's "American Dad" repeat and a new "King of the Hill." The CW's "Jericho" repeat had a 0.4/1 for the hour.
"The Amazing Race" won the 8 p.m. hour with a 6.0/10 for CBS. ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" was second, far ahead of the 3.6/6 for "Dateline NBC." FOX's "The Simpsons" (3.5/6) and "Sit Down, Shut Up" (2.5/4) were fourth. The CW's Random Sunday Movie, "4 Weddings and a Funeral," was fifth.
"Desperate Housewives" controled the 9 p.m. hour for ABC, doing an 8.5/13. CBS' "Cold Case" was second with a 6.5/10, followed by the first hour of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice." New episodes of "Family Guy" and "American Dad" averaged a 3.5/5 for FOX. The CW's movie had a 0.8/1.
At 10 p.m. ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" carried the hour with a 6.4/11. NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" and CBS' "The Unit" were tied with a 5.6/9, though the CBS show had more viewers and the NBC reality series won the hour in the 18-49 demo.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
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