'Housewives,' siblings finales put ABC on top


NEW YORK -- ABC won Sunday's primetime with the season finales of "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers & Sisters" against mostly weak competition on the other networks.

"Desperate Housewives" (18.4 million, 7.0 rating/17 share in adults 18-49) was the night's top show by far, according to preliminary estimates released Monday by Nielsen Media Research. The show finished May down 27% compared to its sweeps average last year.

Only Fox was able to compete with "Family Guy" (9.1 million, 4.5/11) and, to a lesser extent, "American Dad" (7.7 million, 3.6/9). "Familyi Guy" won its half hour in adults 18-34 and placed second in that time period among adults 18-49. Both CBS and NBC programd movies, with CBS' "Million Dollar Baby" (6.9 million, 1.4/4) and NBC "National Treasure" (7.9 million, 2.2/6) each running from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

ABC won the hour at 10 p.m. as well with "Brothers & Sisters" (12.7 million, 4.7/12) against the movies.

But Fox's "The Simpsons" (9.8 million, 4.5/13) edged out ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (12.3 million, 4.3/13) in adults 18-49 while "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" won in viewership. It was "The Simpsons" best showing since January. ABC also split at 7 p.m., winning in the demo with "America's Funniest Home Videos" (7.3 million, 2.4/9) against CBS' "60 Minutes" (10.7 million, 1.8/6) and Fox's "King of the Hill" (4.6 million, 1.9/7) not to mention "Dateline NBC" (4.4 million, 1.1/4).

Nightly averages: ABC (12.7 million, 4.6/13); CBS (7.9 million, 1.5/4); NBC (5.8 million, 1.9/5); Fox (7.6 million, 3.5/10); and The CW (1.3 million, 0.6/2).