For the second consecutive week, ABC drew the most 18-49-year-old viewers, the demographic group that advertisers prize the most, Nielsen Research said Tuesday. Moreover, it scored strongly against CBS in overall households, placing five shows in the top ten and capturing the top two with Desperate Housewives and Monday Night Football. ABC released a statement saying that it was the network's best showing since the week of Feb. 21, 2005, the week that it aired the Oscars. NBC failed to place a single show in the overall top ten. (Its The Biggest Loser 2 finale placed ninth among adults 18-49, however.) In overall ratings, CBS finished first with an average 8.3 rating and a 13 share. ABC followed close behind with a 7.8/12. NBC placed third with a 6.7/10, followed by Fox, with a 4.4/7.

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
1. Desperate Housewives, ABC, 15.7/23; 2. NFL Monday Night Football, ABC, 14.8/23; 3. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 14.5/22; 4. Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 13.0/20; 5. CSI: Miami, CBS, 12.9/20; 6. Lost, ABC, 12.3/18; 7. 60 Minutes, CBS, 11.6/18; 7. NFL Monday Showcase, ABC, 11.6/17; 9. Survivor: Guatemala, CBS, 11.4/18; 10. NCIS, CBS, 11.3/17.




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