Source : Zap2It
A late-ending NFL game boosted CBS' ratings Sunday, but not enough to overcome the powerhouse that is ABC.
Led once again by "Desperate Housewives," ABC took the night by averaging a 10.7 rating/17 share. CBS was second at 8.9/14, followed by FOX at 6.7/10. (Ratings for both CBS and FOX reflect time period only due to live sports telecasts.) NBC, 6.3/10, came in fourth, and The WB was a distant fifth at 1.9/3.
ABC's lead among adults 18-49 was bigger, as its 7.4 rating almost doubled second-place CBS' 3.9. FOX, 3.4, was third, followed by NBC, 2.7, and The WB, 1.2.
An NFL runover that pushed back the network's schedule by an hour in much of the country (West Coast viewers saw regular programming) gave CBS the lead at 7 p.m. with a 10.1/17. FOX's coverage of the baseball playoffs was second at 8.3/14. "Dateline," 5.5/9, put NBC in third, slightly ahead of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" on ABC. The WB aired two repeats of "Reba."
CBS stayed in front at 8 p.m. with "60 Minutes," 10.3/16. "Home Edition" improved to 9.3/14 to put ABC in second. FOX got a 6.6/10 from its baseball coverage, while NBC dropped to fourth with "The West Wing." "Charmed" scored a 2.7/4 for The WB.
"Desperate Housewives" dominated the 9 p.m. hour for ABC, bringing in the night's biggest audience with a 15.8/23. "Cold Case" was second for CBS at 8.2/12, while NBC moved up to third with "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," 6.7/10. Baseball on FOX dipped to 5.6/8. The WB wrapped up its night with an hour of "Blue Collar TV."
At 10 p.m., "Grey's Anatomy" kept ABC on top with a 12.4/20. "Crossing Jordan" pushed NBC up to second with a 7.6/12, beating the CBS movie "Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire." FOX posted a 6.4/10 with the last innings of the American League Championship Series.