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TV Ratings: CBS, 'Desperate Housewives' are Sunday best

'Housewives' is the night's top show, but CBS gets overall win

April 20, 2009

Niollette Sheridan of 'Desperate Housewives'
Niollette Sheridan of 'Desperate Housewives'
Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 19, 2009

The return of "Desperate Housewives" to ABC gave the network a boost Sunday, but not a big enough one to unseat CBS from the overall top spot.

CBS averaged a 6.6 rating/11 share in primetime, topping ABC's 6.0/10. NBC finished third in households with a 4.2/7. FOX, 3.0/5, came in fourth, while The CW managed only a 0.6/1.

ABC did take the top spot among adults 18-49 with a 3.1 rating. FOX took second in the advertisers' favorite demo with a 2.5, followed by NBC, 2.3, and CBS, 2.0. The CW drew a paltry 0.3.

CBS scored a 7.7/14 at 7 p.m. with " 60 Minutes." " America's Funniest Home Videos," 4.4/7, put ABC in second. The Miss USA pageant on NBC delivered a slight 2.6/5, but that was good enough to beat an "American Dad" rerun, 1.6/3, and the 250th episode of " King of the Hill," 2.0/4, on FOX. The CW ran a "Jericho" repeat.

" The Amazing Race," 6.2/10, kept CBS on top at 8 o'clock. A repeat of " Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," 4.6/7, took second for ABC. The Miss USA telecast improved to 3.8/6 in its second hour. " The Simpsons," 3.8/6, and the premiere of "Sit Down, Shut Up," 2.9/5, were fourth for FOX. The CW went with the movie "At First Sight."

The first new "Desperate Housewives" in four weeks earned an 8.5/13 -- the night's biggest audience -- at 9 p.m. CBS fell back to second with its Hallmark Hall of Fame movie "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler," 6.3/10. "The Celebrity Apprentice," 5.0/8, hold onto third for NBC. " Family Guy," 4.3/6, and "American Dad," 3.4/5, finished the night for FOX. The CW played out the string with its movie.

At 10, ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" posted a 6.4/11, narrowly beating the conclusion of CBS' movie, 6.1/11. "The Celebrity Apprentice" drew a 5.5/9 for NBC.

Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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