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ABC Takes Sunday Crown With Help of ‘Housewives’

Sep 25, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Despite a big decline from last September’s season premiere, ABC’s 9 p.m. (ET) soapy one-hour “Desperate Housewives” was the highest-rated program Sunday in adults 18 to 49, winning the network a night that was crowded with original programming, season premieres and football.

At 9 p.m., “Housewives” scored a 9.5 preliminary national rating in adults 18 to 49, a number that includes live viewing plus same-day viewing via digital video recorders, according to Nielsen Media Research. “Housewives” was down 23 percent from its second-season premiere last September.

The second half of an “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” on ABC at 8 p.m. was No. 2 for the night in adults 18 to 49 with a 6.3 rating, down 9 percent from its year-ago season premiere in the 8 p.m. time slot.

New “Housewives” lead-out “Brothers & Sisters” debuted as the third-highest-rated program of the night with a 6.2 rating, down 25 percent from the season premiere of “Grey’s Anatomy” in the time period last year. “Brothers” dropped 18 percent by the half-hour, from a 6.8 to a 5.6.

The first half of ABC’s “Makeover” special at 7 p.m. scored a 3.4 rating, which was second in the time period to a Fox football overrun at 7 p.m. (5.2) and its post-game show “The OT” (3.9) at 7:30 p.m.

NBC scored a 5.3 rating in adults 18 to 49 with a telecast of the NFL game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots.

The 10 p.m. season premiere of CBS’s former Thursday night procedural “Without a Trace” scored a 4.8 rating, up 140 percent from last season’s premiere of a TV movie in the time period.

The season premiere of CBS’s “Cold Case” at 9 p.m. scored a 4.0, up 29 percent from its own premiere in the time period last season.

The second episode of CBS’s “The Amazing Race 10” at 8 p.m. scored a 3.5, down 10 percent from its 90-minute season premiere last week. That was not enough to overcome Fox’s performance in the hour, where “The Simpsons” scored a 4.8 at 8 p.m. and “American Dad” came in with a 4.3 at 8:30 p.m.

ABC was first for the night with a 6.4, followed by NBC (4.6), Fox (4.4), CBS (3.6) and a repeat-laden The CW (1.1).