‘Housewives’ scores for ABC

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Although not quite the dynamo it was during its first season, ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” capped its second campaign with a dominant ratings performance Sunday, teaming with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to lift the Alphabet to an easy victory in all key categories.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Desperate Housewives” averaged a big 9.8 rating/23 share in adults 18-49 and 24 million viewers overall from 9 to 11 p.m., more than tripling second-place CBS in demos. “Housewives” was down about 25% vs. its first-season finale, but it again finishes as the season’s No. 1 scripted program in 18-49. Two-hour lead-in “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” was itself down more than 20% vs. last year, but its second half easily captured the 8 o’clock hour (5.3/14 in 18-49, 13.6 million viewers overall).

Fox placed second thanks to the season finales of “The Simpsons” (3.9/11 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall) and “Family Guy”; latter skein aired three original episodes back-to-back, culminating with the finale at 9:30 (4.0/9 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall).

CBS ran second or third in most categories at 8 with the season finale of “Cold Case” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 13.1 million viewers overall) and punted opposite the “Housewives” finale with two repeats of “CSI: Miami” (3.0/7 in 18-49, 11.0  million viewers overall.

NBC bombed with its original movie “10.5: The Apocalypse” (2.6/6 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall), which settled for less than one-third the rating of the original “10.5” two years ago.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 7.0/18; Fox, 3.5/9; CBS, 2.7/7; NBC, 2.1/6; WB, 1.1/3.

In total viewers: ABC, 17.4 million; CBS, 11.4 million; NBC, 7.6 million; Fox, 7.3 million; WB, 2.6 million.

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