Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

With “Desperate Housewives” and “Brothers & Sisters” in repeats, CBS and Fox moved to the ratings lead in key demo categories on Sunday night, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

CBS, which led the night in adults 25-54 and total viewers, won the evening’s final two hours with original episodes of “Cold Case” (4.1 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, 15.3 million viewers overall) and “Without a Trace” (4.3/11 in 18-49, 17.2 million viewers overall), with each matching season highs in some categories. The Eye ran third in young adults at 8 o’clock with “Amazing Race: All-Stars” (3.3/9 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall).

Over at Fox, which led the night in adults 18-49 and younger demos, an hourlong NASCAR overrun should produce roughly a 4.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 12 million viewers overall when the nationals are issued Tuesday. That helped the net’s comedy block, led as usual by “The Simpsons” at 8 (4.2/12 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall) and “Family Guy” at 9 (4.1/10 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall). In its second week, new laffer “The Winner” was down slightly with original episodes at both 8:30 (3.4/9 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall) and 9:30 (2.9/7 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall).

ABC won the reality-clogged 8 o’clock hour with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (4.8/13 in 18-49, 13.7 million viewers overall) before finishing last among the major nets from 9 to 11 with repeats of “Desperate Housewives” (2.9/7 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall) and “Brothers & Sisters” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall).

NBC’s “Grease: You’re The One That I Want” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) continued its struggles at 8, but the net was above its recent averages with “Deal or No Deal” (3.7/9 in 18-49, 12.7 million viewers overall) and “The Apprentice: Los Angeles” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.9/11; CBS, 3.4/9; ABC, 2.9/8; NBC, 2.4/7; Univision, 1.3/3; CW, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 13.2 million; ABC, 8.8 million; Fox, 8.6 million; NBC, 8.1 million; Univision, 2.9 million; CW, 1.9 million.

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