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‘Desperate Housewives’ Wins Slow Sunday; ‘Sit Down’ Drops in 2nd Week

April 27, 2009 11:44 AM

ABC claimed a win Sunday night with its staple “Desperate Housewives,” although most shows across the broadcast networks took some spills, including the new Fox animated series “Sit Down, Shut Up.”

Sit Down, Shut Up

ABC’s “Housewives” scored a 4.7 rating/12 share among adults 18-49 and 13.5 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s episode dipped 2% from last week and came in 15% below the show’s season-to-date average. “Housewives,” however, still was the No. 1 of the night. “Brothers & Sisters” (3.1/8, 9.4 million) took a 6% dip from last week. At 7 p.m., “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (2.2/8, 7.6 million) remained flat, while “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (2.8/8, 8.7 million) was down 7% from its last original two-hour episode two weeks ago.

Fox kicked off its animation lineup with a repeat of “American Dad,” followed by the 250th episode of “King of the Hill” (1.3/5, 2.9 million). “The Simpsons” (2.9/9, 5.9 million) slipped 7% from last week, while “Sit Down, Shut Up” (1.9/5, 4.2 million) dove a much heftier 17% from its debut episode. “Family Guy” (3.4/9, 6.8 million) also slipped 11% with its “Sit Down” lead-in, followed by an original “American Dad” that came in with a 2.5/6 (5.1 million).

CBS’ “Cold Case” (2.2/5, 10.5 million) came in with its lowest-rated episode since February 2008, down 12% from its last original episode and off 19% from its season-to-date average. (The show remains on the bubble for renewal.) “The Unit” (2.0/5, 8.9 million) also posted a 17% drop from its season-to-date average. At 7 p.m., “60 Minutes” came in with a 1.6/6 and 10.4 million, while “The Amazing Race” (3.1/9, 10.3 million) was up one-tenth of a point over last week.

A two-hour edition of “Dateline” on NBC posted a 1.1/3 (5.1 million), off 31% from its most recent telecast two weeks ago. From 9-11 p.m., “Celebrity Apprentice” (3.0/8, 8.2 million) was down 6% from last week.

The CW aired a repeat of “Jericho” and the film “Four Weddings and a Funeral.”

For the night: ABC led the way (3.2/9, 9.8 million), followed by a tie between CBS (2.2/6, 10 million) and Fox (2.26, 4.5 million), then NBC (2.0/6, 6.7 million) and The CW (0.3/1, 1 million).

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