ABC's 'Housewives' loses some luster Sun.


NEW YORK -- "Desperate Housewives" on Sunday fell to its lowest viewership and adults 18-49 ratings in the show's three-year history, allowing CBS to win the night in viewership while retaining the demo crown.

"Housewives" averaged 15.7 million viewers and a 6.0 rating/15 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research. That's down 23% from its original average of 7.8/17 so far this season.

It was the first original broadcast of the ABC dramedy since March 4. It did increase from 15.3 million viewers at 9 p.m. to 16 million at 9:30 p.m. It still was tops in viewership and 18-49 in the hour and the night, easily winning against CBS' "Cold Case" (11.5 million, 2.8/7) and NBC's "Deal or No Deal" (10 million, 2.8/7).

Viewers turned to CBS at 10 p.m. for "Without a Trace" (14.1 million, 3.6/9), which won in viewership against "Brothers & Sisters" (11 million, 4.1/11), while "The Apprentice" (6.7 million, 2.6/7) came in a distant third.

It was ABC that won at 8 p.m. with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (12 million, 4.2/12), which was down 16% from the season average (5.0/12) but still ahead of CBS' "The Amazing Race" (9.2 million, 2.9/8) and NBC's "Dateline: NBC" (7.6 million, 1.7/5) as well as the CW's "7th Heaven" (2.1 million, 0.7/2). "60 Minutes" (12.9 million, 2.6/9) won 7 p.m. against mostly repeats; Fox's schedule was entirely repeats.

For the night, CBS averaged 11.9 million viewers and a 2.9/8 in the adults 18-49 demo, followed by ABC (11.5 million, 4.2/11), NBC (7.4 million, 2.1/6), Fox (4.1 million, 1.9/5) and the CW (1.5 million, 0.6/2).