'Housewives' lead ABC to Sun. win


"Desperate Housewives" ruled the roost again on Sunday for ABC, though NBC was competitive with its Chicago Bears-New York Giants matchup on "Sunday Night Football." CBS' "60 Minutes" spiked with its hourlong tribute to correspondent Ed Bradley, who died Thursday at age 65.

ABC's 9 p.m. anchor "Housewives" appeared to be the most-watched program of the night with an average of 22.2 million viewers and 9.0 rating/20 share in the adults 18-49 demographic. Reliable national estimates for NBC's live football coverage won't be available until Tuesday, but it appeared the Bears' 38-20 romp of the Giants topped out in the 18 million-19 million viewer range.

CBS opened the night with 16.2 million viewers turning out for the Bradley tribune on "60 Minutes." At 8 p.m., however, "The Amazing Race" (11.1 million, 3.4/8) ebbed against the heat of NBC's pigskin and ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (15 million, 5.4/13). NBC easily won the 10 p.m. hour against ABC's "Brothers and Sisters" (13.1 million, 5.2/13) and CBS' "Without a Trace" (15 million, 4.1/10).

A football overrun into the 7 p.m. hour in East Coast markets gave a boost to Fox's 8-10 p.m. animated comedy block, particularly 8 p.m.'s "The Simpsons" (11.4 million, 5.3/13).

For the night, ABC appeared to be the victor in total viewers by a nose with an average of 15.1 million, while NBC was poised to elbow past ABC for the bragging rights in adults 18-49.