'Housewives' Survives Tough Competition

CBS did well with its miniseries “Elvis” on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to top ABC and “Desperate Housewives.”

ABC averaged a 10.1 rating/17 share for the night, edging the 8.7/15 for CBS. NBC was a distant third at 5.7/10, followed by FOX, 4.6/8, and The WB, 1.5/3.

CBS started in front at 7 p.m. with “60 Minutes,” 7.3/15. ABC took second with “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” 4.4/9, topping the 4.0/8 for “Dateline” on NBC. “King of the Hill” and “Malcolm in the Middle” managed a 3.1/6 for FOX. A rerun of “Charmed” on The WB was in last by a fair margin.

“Cold Case,” 9.5/16, kept CBS in front at 8 p.m., although ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” 8.5/15, made it close. FOX moved up to third with two episodes of “The Simpsons,” 5.5/9, while “The Contender” was fourth for NBC. A new “Charmed” scored a 2.0/3 for The WB.

At 9 p.m., “Desperate Housewives” did its usual damage, getting a healthy 15.6/24 and just over 26 million viewers. Part one of “Elvis” scored a 9.0/14 to CBS, while NBC moved to third place with “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” 7.3/11. “Family Guy,” 5.5/8, and “American Dad,” 4.8/7, were fourth for FOX. “Steve Harvey’s Big Time” was fifth for The WB.

“Grey’s Anatomy,” 11.9/20, kept ABC in the lead at 10 p.m. “Elvis” remained at a steady 9.0/15 for CBS, and “Crossing Jordan” came in third at 7.5/12 for NBC.

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