ABC's 'Housewives,' 'Makeover' dominate sports


Football and baseball games on Sunday threw some primetime lineups off for the night, but sports-free ABC was nonetheless the dominant 18-49 demo player thanks to "Desperate Housewives" and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

"Housewives" ruled as the most-watched program of the night with an average of 20 million viewers and 8.0 rating/18 share in adults 18-49 demographic at 9 p.m., according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. At 8 p.m., "Extreme Makeover" (14.3 million, 5.5/13) gave the ladies of Wisteria Lane a leg up with a solid lead-in.

The start times of CBS' primetime lineup were thrown off by a less than half-hour overrun of CBS' drama schedule was thrown off for the night by the roughly half-hour NFL overrun that pushed back the start times of "60 Minutes," "The Amazing Race," "Cold Case" and "Without a Trace."

"Trace" in particular appeared to be competitive against ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" (12 million, 4.9/12) in the 10 p.m. hour, but reliable national estimates for CBS' lineup won't be available until Tuesday. The same is true for Fox's live coverage of Game 4 of the National League Championship Series between the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals, which didn't seem to be too much of a draw against ABC's dramas and NBC's coverage of Denver Broncos-Oakland Raiders bout.

For the night, ABC was the clear leader in adults 18-49 (5.4/13). CBS appeared to have an edge in total viewers, with ABC placing No. 2 with 14 million.