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ABC clip shows top night

Morning Ratings Flash -- Rick Kissell

ABC continued its mastery of Sunday night with good results for clip shows of hit hours “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

ABC has now captured the last 13 Sundays in the key adults 18-49 demo, the net’s longest streak on the night in at least 15 years.

From 9 to 10, the “Desperate Housewives” recap averaged a 6.1 rating/14 share in adults 18-49 and 15.8 million viewers overall, and “Grey’s Anatomy” nabbed a similar 6.1/15 in 18-49 and 14.4 million viewers overall — with both shows easily topping their hours. ABC was also a narrow demo leader from 8 to 9 with a repeat of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (3.5/10 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall).

Fox ran second for the night among young adults, paced by new segs of “Family Guy” (4.2/10 in 18-49, 8 million viewers overall), “American Dad” (3.7/8 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) and “The Simpsons” (3.5/10 in 18-49, 7 million viewers overall), while NBC was on the high end of its recent range with dramas “West Wing” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall), “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (3.1/7 in 18-49, 10.9 million viewers overall) and “Crossing Jordan” (3.6/9 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall).

CBS didn’t do much with its Hallmark Hall of Fame pic “In From the Night” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall), falling off from its repeat “Cold Case” lead-in (2.8/8 in 18-49, 12.5 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 4.6/12; Fox, 2.8/8; NBC, 2.6/7; CBS, 2.4/6; WB, .9/3.

In total viewers: ABC, 11.9 million; CBS, 11.2 million; NBC, 9 million; Fox, 6 million; WB, 2.1 million.

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