Housewives Clean Up

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The negative publicity over ABC's Desperate HousewivesMonday Night Football promo didn't do the show any harm.

ABC's hit drama was hitting on all cylinders, chalking up an 11.0 rating/24 share average Sunday night in the key 18-49 demo to help power the network to a nightly win in the demos and households. That was a tad under its last outing two weeks ago, when the show averaged an 11.2/24, but still good enough to beat all the other networks combined (a 9.1/19) by a wide margin.

Fox began the night strong, winning the 8-9 p.m. hour with a 5.0/14 average for A sports run-over and Malcolm in the Middle. It was all ABC after that, with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition winning at 8-9 with a 7.5/18 for a farm episode aimed straight at the red states.

Desperate housewives delivered a bit number to Boston Legal at 10 and the drama didn't disappoint, winning its time period with a 5.3/13 to edge out Crossing Jordan on NBC (5.1/13).

for the night, NBC took second with a 3.7/9 average for Dateline (2.3/6), American Dreams (2.8/7), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (4.6/10), and Crossing Jordan.

Fox was a close third with football (6.4/18)/Malcolm (3.7/10), The Simpsons (4.5/11), Arrested Development (3.0/7), and My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss (1.6/3), which has yet to draw any big fat ratings.

CBS was a distant fourth with a 2.8/7 in the demo for 60 minutes (2.9/8, Cold Case (3.7/9), Hallmark Hall of Fame special "Back When We Were Grown-Ups" (2.3/5).

The WB was fifth with a 1.1/3 for Steve Harvey's Big Time (1.0/3), Charmed (1.6/4) and the eroding Mountain (.6/1).

UPN does not program Sunday nights.