A swarm of locusts hit CBS on Sunday, but the insect invasion was no match for a clip-show recap episode of ABC's Desperate Housewives
. ABC easily won the night, as usual, with a solid performance from a special Sorting out the Dirty Laundry
highlight reel episode of Housewives
that lured in 23.7 million viewers and 10.0 rating/23 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. ABC also dominated at 8 p.m. hour with a fresh episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
(16.7 million, 6.7/17) and at 10 p.m. with fledgling drama Grey's Anatomy
(18.2 million, 8.1/20). CBS had a good night with 8 p.m. drama Cold Case
(16.5 million, 3.7/10) building significantly on its 60 Minutes
lead-in (12.4 million, 2.5/8). The eye network's heavily promoted 9-11 p.m. telepic Locusts!
(12.8 million, 3.9/9) did OK but won't go down in the Nielsen annals as one of primetime's great made-for plagues. NBC's regular 8 p.m. edition of The Contender
(5.5 million, 2.5/7) produced modest numbers but an extra helping of the boxing reality show at 9 p.m. (6.4 million, 3.3/7) improved despite the Housewives
competition. At 10 p.m., a fresh episode of NBC's Crossing Jordan
(8.8 million, 3.3/8) had trouble keeping up with the ABC and CBS competition. Fox was on the sidelines for the night with its 8-10 p.m. telecast of the American Top 40 Awards special yielding only 4 million viewers and 1.6/4 in adults 18-49. For the night, ABC towered over the pack with an average of 16.7 million viewers and 6.9/18 in the key demo. CBS was second in both measures (13.6 million, 3.5/9).