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ABC's evening started slowly, but the network's final two hours -- paced by a pair of freshman dramas -- proved unstoppable, crushing the competition and grabbing Sunday's big ratings crowns.
Overall, ABC averaged a 9.9 rating/16 share, well in front of second place CBS' 8.8/14. NBC was well back in third with a 5.7/9, with FOX in even worse shape with a 2.8/5. The WB was fifth with a 1.8/3.
ABC also won among adults 18-49, doing a 6.4 rating in the demographic that advertisers love more than life itself. CBS held onto second with a 3.2 rating, just in front of third place NBC's 2.9 rating. FOX was fourth with a 2.0 rating and The WB was fifth with a 1.2 rating.
CBS started the night off in front with a 12.7/23 for venerable newsmagazine "60 Minutes." That rating for "60 Minutes," far above the show's season average, was boosted by CBS' coverage of the Masters golf tournament and will likely change when final figures become available. NBC's "Dateline" was second with a 4.9/9, closely followed by ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos." FOX was third with the 2.8/5 averaged by "King of the Hill" and "Malcolm in the Middle." The WB's repeat of "Charmed" was fifth.
At 8 p.m., CBS stayed in first with the 10.2/16 for "Cold Case." ABC moved up to second with the 7.7/12 for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." NBC's "The Contender" was third with a 3.8/6, narrowly beating FOX's "The Simpsons" and "Arrested Development." The WB's new "Charmed" had a 2.5/4 for fifth.
ABC took over at 9 p.m. with the strong 15.7/23 for "Desperate Housewives." NBC was a distant second with the 6.9/10 for "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." The first hour of CBS' presentation of the film "High Crimes" was third with a 6.7/10. FOX could only drum up a 1.9/3 for an encore of "24," which still beat The WB's "Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge."
"Grey's Anatomy" held onto enough of the "Housewives" audience for an 11.9/19 and an easy 10 p.m. win. NBC's "Crossing Jordan" was second with a 7.1/11. CBS trailed with its movie.