The dynamic duo of Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy carried ABC to another Sunday night prime-time victory.
The ladies of Wisteria Lane crushed the competition for the fifth Sunday in a row, averaging 24.8 million viewers and a 10.9 rating/24 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary data released Monday by Nielsen Media Research. Final numbers won't be released until Tuesday, but the initial results showed that Housewives was by far the most popular show on both counts for the night, though Sunday saw the show's lowest 18-49 rating of the season.
At 10 p.m., Anatomy (18.4 million, 8.5/20) fell slightly but was still way ahead of the competition.
Game two of the World Series, which featured a ninth-inning home run that gave the Chicago White Sox a 2-0 series lead, earned Fox a preliminary viewership of 14 million-17 million. Its household score in the top "metered" markets was a 12.9/19, much lower than last year's 17.1/25 for the second game of the Boston Red Sox-St. Louis Cardinals matchup. But no one expected the ratings for this year's Fall Classic to come close to last year's.
CBS' late-afternoon NFL game lasted a half hour into prime time, ending at 7:32 p.m. and giving the network a late start on its sole-sponsor edition of 60 Minutes. CBS averaged 16.5 million viewers from 7-8 p.m. (and a 5.2/15 in the demo) and 16.7 million viewers (and a 4.4/10 in the demo) from 8-9 p.m.
NBC came in fourth place among the networks with its three dramas, earning the lowest ratings of the season in adults 18-49. The West Wing averaged 7.7 million viewers and a 2.1/6 in the demo; it was followed by Law & Order: Criminal Intent (10.2 million, 3/6) and Crossing Jordan (11.9 million, 3.5/8).