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Ratings: Football wins week; 'Desperate' is top scripted show

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In a seven-day period that saw several shows in repeats or off-the-air because of holiday specials, NBC’s always-dominant Sunday Night Football easily won the week ending Dec. 6, pulling in 20.9 million viewers. The second-place finisher (and week’s top scripted show, for the first time this season!) was a surging Desperate Housewives, which drew a healthy 14.9 million viewers, but was still a rather distant 6 million viewers behind Sunday Night Football. However, Desperate‘s No. 2 spot was still totally a positive: The heavily hyped hour (thank that plane crash!) was up a healthy 2.1 million over the previous week’s episode. Third place for the week went to a repeat, specifically CBS’ NCIS, the top scripted show of the season overall, which drew 14.3 million viewers.

Because of the slow week, several shows saw their star rise, in terms of where they landed on the chart. Survivor landed at No. 5 with 12.8 million viewers; The Amazing Race wrapped its season with a season-high finale at No. 7 with 12.3 million viewers; and the rarely-in-the-Top-20 Brothers & Sisters made a splash at No. 10 with 10.8 million viewers. The rest of the Top 20—with viewership totals—is after the jump.

1. Sunday Night Football | NBC | 20.9 million

2. Desperate Housewives | ABC | 14.9 million

3. NCIS (R) | CBS | 14.3 million

4. House | Fox | 13.2 million

5. Survivor: Samoa | CBS | 12.8 million

6. Big 12 Football Championship | ABC | 12.7 million

7. The Amazing Race 15 | CBS | 12.3 million

8. 60 Minutes | CBS | 12.0 million

9. Two and a Half Men (R) | CBS | 11.4 million

10. Brothers & Sisters | ABC | 10.8 million

11. The Mentalist (R) | CBS | 10.7 million

12. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (R) | CBS | 10.6 million

13. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition | ABC | 10.4 million

14. The Big Bang Theory (R) | CBS | 10.1 million

15. The Biggest Loser 8 | NBC | 10.0 million

16. Bones | Fox | 9.9 million

17. CSI (R) | CBS | 9.9 million

18. Cold Case (R) | CBS | 9.6 million

19. CSI: Miami (R) | CBS | 9.5 million

20. BCS Selection Show | Fox | 9.3 million

Source: Nielsen

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