You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

ABC’s Sunday dramas hot

Morning Ratings Flash -- Rick Kissell

The World Series picked up in the ratings Sunday night for Fox but ABC remained in control of the night on the strength of powerhouse dramas “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Desperate Housewives” (10.9 rating/24 share in adults 18-49, 24.9 million viewers overall) was easily the night’s highest-rated program, and “Grey’s Anatomy” (8.5/20 in 18-49, 18.4 million viewers overall) continues to do a very good job holding much of that aud. Net went with a repeat of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” at 8 and it was the hour’s top non-sports performer in 18-49 (4.9/12, 12.7 million viewers overall).

Reliable prelim nationals weren’t available for Fox’s coverage of the Chicago White Sox’s 7-6 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the World Series, but the contest averaged a solid 12.9 household rating/19 share in Nielsen’s metered-market overnights — down 25% from last year’s 17.1/25 for the Boston Red Sox-St. Louis Cardinals matchup.

Numbers are also murky for CBS on the night, as a 30-minute NFL overrun pushed back the net’s primetime lineup. CBS averaged roughly a 4.3 rating.11 share in adults 18-49 and 16 million viewers overall, and “Cold Case” should come in at around a 4.1/9 in 18-49 and more than 17 million viewers overall. Net’s movie “Enough” starring Jennifer Lopez averaged roughly a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demo.

NBC again was soft at 8 with “West Wing” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) before picking it up some with “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (3/6 in 18-49, 10.2 million viewers overall) and “Crossing Jordan” (3.5/8 in 18-49, 11.9 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the nigght: ABC, 6.8/16; Fox, 4.8/12; CBS, 3.7/9; NBC, 2.6/6; WB, 1.2/3.

In total viewers: ABC, 16.3 million; Fox, 14.2 million; CBS, 13 million; NBC, 9.5 million; WB, 2.8 million.

More TV

  • Michael Apted

    Hollywood Insider Michael Apted on Combating Sexual Harassment, Working With Actors, Cinematography

    The World Series picked up in the ratings Sunday night for Fox but ABC remained in control of the night on the strength of powerhouse dramas “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Desperate Housewives” (10.9 rating/24 share in adults 18-49, 24.9 million viewers overall) was easily the night’s highest-rated program, […]

  • Transparent

    'Transparent' Without Jeffrey Tambor? Unimaginable But Possible. Here's How

    The World Series picked up in the ratings Sunday night for Fox but ABC remained in control of the night on the strength of powerhouse dramas “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Desperate Housewives” (10.9 rating/24 share in adults 18-49, 24.9 million viewers overall) was easily the night’s highest-rated program, […]

  • Matthew Weiner Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Matthew Weiner Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations But Says on 'Mad Men' He was 'Angry a Lot of the Time'

    The World Series picked up in the ratings Sunday night for Fox but ABC remained in control of the night on the strength of powerhouse dramas “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Desperate Housewives” (10.9 rating/24 share in adults 18-49, 24.9 million viewers overall) was easily the night’s highest-rated program, […]

  • Carmen Ejogo Trust Detective

    'True Detective' Season 3 Casts Carmen Ejogo

    The World Series picked up in the ratings Sunday night for Fox but ABC remained in control of the night on the strength of powerhouse dramas “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Desperate Housewives” (10.9 rating/24 share in adults 18-49, 24.9 million viewers overall) was easily the night’s highest-rated program, […]

  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

    'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Boss on Rebecca's Diagnosis, Nathaniel's Backstory and Josh's 'Quarter-Life Crisis'

    The World Series picked up in the ratings Sunday night for Fox but ABC remained in control of the night on the strength of powerhouse dramas “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Desperate Housewives” (10.9 rating/24 share in adults 18-49, 24.9 million viewers overall) was easily the night’s highest-rated program, […]

  • iHeartRadio Music Awards Live Stream

    E! Investigating Ryan Seacrest Misconduct Claim

    The World Series picked up in the ratings Sunday night for Fox but ABC remained in control of the night on the strength of powerhouse dramas “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Desperate Housewives” (10.9 rating/24 share in adults 18-49, 24.9 million viewers overall) was easily the night’s highest-rated program, […]

  • Rev Run

    Netflix Orders Comedy Series Starring Rev. Run, Wife Justine

    The World Series picked up in the ratings Sunday night for Fox but ABC remained in control of the night on the strength of powerhouse dramas “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Desperate Housewives” (10.9 rating/24 share in adults 18-49, 24.9 million viewers overall) was easily the night’s highest-rated program, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content