'Housewives' lead ABC to Sun. victory


NEW YORK -- ABC's lineup won all four hours of primetime Sunday night with a return to original "Desperate Housewives."

It was "Desperate Housewives" (18.3 million, 7.4 rating/17 share in adults 18-49) that was the night's top show in the key audience demographics, according to preliminary data released Monday by Nielsen Media Research.

It trampled over everything else in its way in the 9 p.m. hour, including CBS' "Cold Case" (13.2 million, 3.3/8) NBC's "Deal or No Deal" (11 million, 3.3/7) plus "Family Guy" (8.5 million, 4.4/10) and the second episode of the night of "The Winner" (6.1 million, 3.1/7) on Fox. "Desperate Housewives" was down 9% from its prior season original average.

The Rob Corrdry--starring "The Winner" premiered at 8:30 p.m. with 7.1 million viewers and a 3.5/8 in the demo. "The Winner" came in third in the half hour in adults 18-49 but won in men 18-34 and earned second place in adults 18-34.

The 8 p.m. hour went to "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (14.6 million, 5.3/13), which beat CBS' "The Amazing Race" (10.7 million, 3.7/9) and NBC's "Grease: You're The One That I Want" (6.2 million, 1.8/5). "Grease" was up slightly from its previous low last week against the Academy Awards, but nothing like its debut in early January and down 31% from its season-to-date average.

The 10 p.m. hour went to "Brothers & Sisters" (11.8 million, 4.7/12) although CBS' "Without a Trace" (14.7 million, 3.9/10) beat it in viewership while "The Apprentice: Los Angeles" (6.5 million, 2.7/7) was down from its average an hour earlier.

ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" (9.7 million, 2.9/9) won in the demo at 7 p.m. while "60 Minutes" (13 million, 2.5/7) won in viewership.

Final ratings data will be available Tuesday with Nielsen's weekly ratings.

Nightly averages: ABC (13.6 million, 5.1/13); CBS (12.9 million, 3.3/8); NBC (7.5 million, 2.4/6); Fox (6.5 million, 3.1/8); and The CW (2.3 million, 0.9/2).