Yet again, ABC is Sunday best

'Desperate Housewives' lead the way as the network continued its reign

With the sweep in full swing, broadcast networks packed Sunday night with a greater number of original episodes than in recent weeks, but the horse race finished the same: ABC won the night by a fair margin.

Topping every hour of the evening, ABC improved across the board over last week thanks to the return of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (10 million viewers, 3.1 preliminary adults 18-49 rating, 9 share) to kick-start the network's drama lineup. The two-hour "Makeover" block grew each half-hour.

At 9 p.m. "Desperate Housewives" (16.2 million, 5.8/14) was the night's highest-rated show and was up a slight 5% from last week's series low. "Brothers & Sisters" grew more (11.6 million, 4.0/10) up 18% week-to-week.

In second place, Fox's animated comedies returned to originals, with the shows posting gains over their most recent original outings. "The Simpsons" was up 9% (7.7 million, 3.6/10), "King of the Hill" gained 7% (6.5 million, 3.0/8), "Family Guy" was up 5% (8.5 million, 4.3/10) and "American Dad" jumped 32% (6.7 million, 3.3/8).

CBS was in third with the winter edition of "Big Brother" coming to a close on par with its usual numbers (6.7 million, 2.3/6). "Cold Case" came in third at 9 p.m. (11.4 million, 2.7/6), and "Dexter" was on par (6.5 million, 2.0/5).

NBC was fourth, with its repeats of "Monk" and "Psych" continuing to erode; the dramas averaged 4.6 million and a 1.0/3.

In fifth, the CW aired low-rated comedies, averaging 1.2/0.5/1.