Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

ABC scored a significant ratings victory on the opening Sunday of the November sweep, getting time-period highs from both “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “Desperate Housewives,” according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

A two-hour episode of “Home Edition” averaged a big 6.6 rating/17 share in adults 18-49 and 16.3 million viewers overall, hitting better than an 8 demo rating in its concluding hour (and regular timeslot) from 8 to 9. “Desperate Housewives” followed with what appears to be new series highs (a projected 10.8/24 in adults 18-49, 24.0 million viewers overall), with these affiliate-based preliminary averages subject to revision since they include the numbers for pro football on ABC’s stations in Cleveland and Baltimore.

NBC did well at 10 with a special episode of “Crossing Jordan” (5.3/13 in adults 18-49, 14.3 million viewers overall) featuring cast members from the net’s Monday drama “Las Vegas.” These are the best “Jordan” numbers since May 2002, winning the hour over ABC’s “Boston Legal” (a projected 5.0/12 in adults 18-49, 12.3 million viewers overall).

Opposite the big “Home Edition” on ABC, Fox’s season premiere of “The Simpsons” averaged a second-place 5.3/12 in adults 18-49 and 11 million viewers overall, while the second-season bow of “Arrested Development” could set a series record (4.0/9 in adults 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall) although it lost a big chunk of its “Simpsons” lead-in. Fox bombed at 9 with the preem of reality farce “My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss” (2.3/5 in adults 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall).

CBS, whose primetime lineup didn’t begin until about 7:45 in much of the country due to football, got a good perf out of “Cold Case” (roughly 4.3/10 in adults 18-49, 16.9 million viewers overall) and solid numbers from its “Dallas” reunion spec (roughly 3.9/9 in adults 18-49, 14.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 7.2/18; CBS, 4.3/10; NBC, 3.6/8; Fox, 3.5/8; WB, 1.5/4.

In total viewers: ABC, 17.2 million; CBS, 15.8 million; NBC, 10.3 million; Fox, 7.5 million; WB, 3.7 million.

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