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ABC Cleans Up with "Housewives"

(Posted September 28, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

Apparently, viewers have been desperate for Housewives.

ABC's steamy nighttime soap received a warm welcome back to the airwaves Sunday night, with a whopping 28.4 million viewers tuning in for the second-season premiere.

The giant numbers generated by Desperate Housewives and ABC's Wednesday-night winner, Lost (23.5 million), led the Alphabet net to its best first-week performance in five years.

The network racked up five out of the top 10 programs for the week, including Grey's Anatomy (19 million), Invasion (16.4 million) and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (16.4 million).

Banking on the success of the second-season premiere of Lost, ABC bumped back the season premiere of The George Lopez Show and the series premiere of Freddie by one week in order to re-air the episode Wed., Sept. 28, in the 8 p.m. slot, followed by an all-new episode.

Helped by the much-watched season premiere of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (29 million), CBS held fast to its standing as the top network. Even so, the Eyeball's net's first-week ratings were down seven percent compared to last year, which is likely due in part to the demise of the long-running Everybody Loves Raymond.

Also hurting CBS was the fact that Survivor: Guatemala has proved less popular than seasons past. Even so, the reality series' Thursday night outing drew 17 million viewers, winning its time slot.

Once the gold standard of Thursday night television, NBC felt the sting of its diminished "Must-See TV" lineup, with Joey, The Apprentice and ER (14.4 million) all losing viewers.

However, thanks to an aggressive marketing campaign, the network saw its newest sitcom, My Name is Earl, debut with 15.3 million viewers, making it the strongest sitcom of the week.

For the week, CBS averaged 12.9 million viewers, ABC had 12.3 million, NBC 9.9 million, Fox 6.5 million, UPN 4.2 million, the WB 3.3 million, and Pax TV 560,000.

The top 10 shows for the week ended Sunday were as follows:

1. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 29 million
2. Desperate Housewives, ABC, 28.4 million
3. Lost, ABC, 23.5 million
4. Criminal Minds, CBS, 19.6 million
5. CSI: Miami, CBS, 19.2 million
6.Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 19 million
7. Survivor: Guatemala, CBS, 17 million
8. Law & Order: SVU, NBC, 16.8 million
9. Invasion ABC, 16.4 million
10. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, ABC, 16.4 million

Source: Yahoo! News

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