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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.

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