Mixed leadership for the night with CBS drawing the most overall viewers and ABC winning both the 18-49 and 18-34 age demographics.

Daylight saving time was back, and The Amazing Race just edged out Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in the 8pm hour.  At 9pm a waning Desperate Housewives still easily won the hour, though Family Guy from 9p-9:30 scored the highest 18-34 numbers for the period.

ABC’s Brothers & Sisters easily won the 10pm hour.  The Celebrity Apprentice was down from its premiere, but two hours worth averaged over a 3.0 rating in adults 18-49,  so I’m sure NBC will take it.

Update: those curious about Breaking Bad’s season two premiere at 10pm, it averaged 1.7 million according to AMC.

You can see overnight reports for past Sundays to compare.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
7:00 CBS 60 Minutes 13.13 2.3/7 1.3/5
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos 6.97 2.0/6 1.5/6
NBC Saturday Night Live Clips
3.35 1.3/4 1.1/1
FOX Hole in the Wall 2.59 1.2/4 1.1/4
UNI Futbol Mexicano: Santos vs. Cruz Azul 1.61 0.8/2 0.7/3
CW Jericho (R) 0.67 0.2/1 0.1/0
8:00 CBS The Amazing Race 10.22 3.0/8 2.1/6
ABC Extreme Makeover 9.45 3.0/8 2.1/7
NBC Saturday Night Live Clips
6.01 2.2/6 1.6/5
FOX Simpsons 5.99 2.8/8 3.1/10
UNI Nuestra Belleza Latina 3.00 1.3/4 1.4/4
CW Movie: Easy Money 0.90 0.2/1 0.1/0
8:30 FOX King of the Hill 4.92 2.4/6 2.8/8
9:00 ABC Desperate Housewives 13.50 4.6/11 3.6/9
CBS Cold Case 12.56 3.0/7 1.8/5
FOX Family Guy 7.18 3.7/9 4.5/12
NBC Celebrity Apprentice 7.14 2.9/7 1.9/5
UNI Nuestra Belleza Latina 3.93 1.7/4 1.9/5
CW Movie: Easy Money 0.90 0.2/0 0.2/0
9:30 FOX American Dad 5.32 2.7/6 3.2/9
10:00 ABC Brothers & Sisters 10.50 3.5/9 2.7/7
CBS The Unit 9.43 2.3/6 1.6/4
NBC Celebrity Apprentice 8.05 3.4/8 2.3/6
UNI Quien Tiene la Razon 2.83 1.2/3 1.4/4

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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