'Housewives,' 'Adams' triumph at Monte Carlo

TV festival also fetes 'Missing,' 'Tudors'

MONTE CARLO -- Suburban housewives, a former U.S. president and missing children were honored Thursday night as the 48th annual Monte Carlo TV Festival wrapped at Monaco's Grimaldi Forum.

ABC/Disney's "Desperate Housewives" received the third annual Eurodata TV International Audience Award for top drama series. The popular show amassed the highest ratings worldwide for a drama series, with more than 61.5 million viewers across the globe in 2007, beating runners up "Monk" and "Ugly Betty."

"Desperate Parents" from across the Atlantic also stole the spotlight as France 2's series received the prizes for best European producer of a comedy series (Guillaume Renouil) and best actress in a comedy series (Isabelle Gelinas).

Best actor in a comedy series went to British actor Richard Ayoade for U.K. series "The IT Crowd," and Miguel Angel Bernardeau was named best international producer in that category for "Remember When" from Spain.

Bernardeau took the stage again to accept his best European producer of a drama series award for "Missing." The program's star, Esther Ortega, took the actress nod in that category. Jonathan Rhys Meyers won the award for best actor in a drama series for "The Tudors." Mexican Luis Peraza was named best international producer of a drama series for "Capadocia."

HBO's presidential drama "John Adams" took the prize for best miniseries, with star Paul Giamatti earning a best actor nod for his eponymous role in the seven-episode miniseries. The U.S. remained in the spotlight elsewhere, with "CSI" winning Eurodata TV's top global audience award for best drama series. A teary-eyed George Eads accepted the prize on behalf of a show that averaged more than 83.9 million viewers in 51 countries outside the U.S. from June 2007-May 2008.