TV Ratings: Strong Return for ‘Desperate Housewives’

Desperate HousewivesThe winter hiatus is over for ABC’s dramedy series Desperate Housewives and its companions AFV – America’s Funniest Home Videos, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Brothers & Sisters. Some of them returned above average and some below.

AFV – America’s Funniest Home Videos opened the evening at a 8.21 million viewers and a 2.1 rating/6 share among adults 18-49 followed by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (9.34 million viewers; A18-49: 2.7/7) which posted gains of 14 percent in total viewers and 29 percent in the demo over its lead-in.

Desperate Housewives drew 12.10 million viewers and a 3.8/10 in adults 18-49 at 9pm. This was an increase of 4 percent in total viewers and 6 percent in the demo compared to its performance on December 12, 2010. Brothers & Sisters capped off the evening at a modest 7.97 million viewers and a 2.4/6 in adults 18-49 slipping 9 percent in total viewers and 4 percent in the demo in comparison with its previous first run on December 12, 2010. Finally, ABC came in third in both age categories.

NBC gained Sunday victory overall with Football Night in America (11.76 million viewers; A18-49: 4.1/10) and the football game between St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks on NBC Sunday Night Football (15.79 million viewers; A18-49: 5.7/15). Keep in mind: Sports broadcasts are always approximate.

CBS placed second in total viewers and last among adults 18-49. Here’s the half-hour breakdown: 7pm NFL Overrun/60 Minutes (14.49 million viewers; A18-49: 3.4/9), 7:30pm 60 Minutes (12.65 million viewers; A18-49: 2.0/5), 8pm 60 Minutes/CSI: Miami (11.72 million viewers; A18-49: 2.0/5), 8:30pm CSI: Miami (10.55 million viewers; A18-49: 2.2/5), 9pm CSI: Miami/Undercover Boss (11.95 million viewers; A18-49: 2.8/7), 9:30pm Undercover Boss (11.63 million viewers; A18-49: 3.0/7), 10pm Undercover Boss/CSI: Miami (R) (9.74 million viewers; A18-49: 2.4/6) and 10:30pm CSI: Miami (R) (7.47 million viewers; A18-49: 1.8/5).

FOX closed the evening with an NFL Overrun (18.77 million viewers; A18-49: 6.7/18), The OT (10.02 million viewers; A18-49: 3.6/10) and repeats of The Simpsons (6.25 million viewers; A18-49: 2.7/7), The Cleveland Show (4.98 million viewers; A18-49: 2.2/6) and Family Guy (5.73 million viewers; A18-49: 2.7/7). At the end, FOX got last place in total viewers but second place in the demo.

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