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"Desperate Housewives" beat the finale of "Survivor: Vanuatu" head-to-head Sunday, but ABC's other shows couldn't measure up to the reality series, which gave CBS a win for the night.
CBS averaged a 10.1 rating/15 share in primetime, followed closely by ABC at 9.5/15. FOX took third with a 5.9/9, beating NBC's 5.4/8. The WB was way back with a 1.3/2.
Among adults 18-49, CBS's 6.1 rating was good enough for the top spot, ahead of ABC's 5.9. FOX averaged 3.9 in the demographic, NBC 2.9 and The WB 0.8.
Late-ending NFL coverage, 10.6/16, and "Malcolm in the Middle," 9.6/15, gave FOX the lead at 7 p.m., although those numbers are likely to fall when final nationals are calculated. CBS was second with "60 Minutes," 8.9/14. "America's Funniest Home Videos" was third for ABC, beating "Dateline NBC," which finished with a 4.8/8. The WB trailed with "Steve Harvey's Big Time."
CBS moved into the lead at 8 p.m. with the first hour of the "Survivor" finale, 10.6/16. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" came in second for ABC with a 9.2/14. FOX averaged 5.2/8 with "The Simpsons" (6.3/10) and "Arrested Development" (4.2/6). NBC stayed in fourth with a showing of "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." A "Charmed" rerun, 1.7/3, improved some on its lead-in but couldn't pull The WB out of last place.
At 9 p.m., "Desperate Housewives" posted a 14.0/20 for ABC -- its lowest rating in a number of weeks but still enough to win the hour. "Survivor" finished with an 11.3/16 and highway worker Chris Daugherty winning the $1 million prize. NBC's movie improved to 5.9/9 to finish third. "My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss" was fourth for FOX. "The Mountain" barely registered for The WB.
The "Survivor" reunion show won the 10 p.m. hour for CBS with a 9.4/15, a little better than the 9.1/15 for "Boston Legal" on ABC. A rerun of "Crossing Jordan" averaged 5.8/9 for NBC.