Premieres Carry ABC Sunday
'Housewives,' 'Brothers & Sisters' enjoy solid starts
A night of season premieres on ABC lifted the network to a ratings win Sunday, while a grinder of an NFL game took NBC down a notch.
ABC averaged an 8.9 rating/14 share for the night. CBS finished second at 8.6/14, and NBC, 7.2/12, took third (both CBS and NBC had live sports in primetime, so there numbers will likely change some). FOX, 4.0/6, came in fourth, while The CW barely had a pulse at 0.6/1.
In the adults 18-49 demographic, ABC's 5.0 rating beat out NBC's 4.6 for the top spot. CBS and FOX tied for third at 3.2, and The CW fell below the 1.0 barrier.
Late-ending NFL games and "60 Minutes" gave CBS a 9.9/17 at 7 p.m. The season premiere of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" drew a 5.8/10 on ABC. "Football Night in America," 4.3/8, put NBC in third, beating the 3.0/5 for a pair of "Simpsons" reruns on FOX. "CW Now" and "Online Nation" couldn't muster even a million viewers on The CW.
ABC took the lead at 9 p.m. with the second hour of "EM: Home Edition," 8.6/13. An extended "60 Minutes" earned an 8.3/13 for CBS, just beating the 7.9/12 for the New York Giants-Philadelphia Eagles NFL matchup on NBC. "The Simpsons," 5.0/8, and "King of the Hill," 4.2/6, kept FOX in fourth. The CW went with a "Gossip Girl" rerun.
At 9 p.m., the season premiere of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" scored a 12.2/18, the night's best rating. NBC's "Sunday Night Football" posted an 8.7/13, edging CBS' "Cold Case," 8.6/13. FOX closed its night with "Family Guy," 4.9/7, and the season premiere of "American Dad," 3.9/6. The CW repeated Wednesday's episode of "America's Next Top Model."
"Brothers & Sisters" began its second season on ABC with a 9.1/15 at 10 p.m. The Giants-Eagles game on NBC scored an 8.0/13, beating "Shark," 7.5/13), on CBS.
On Saturday, FOX's combination of "Cops" and "America's Most Wanted" led the night with a 3.8/7. NBC grabbed second with a 3.1/6, and ABC and CBS tied at 3.0/6.
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