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Conan Sparks ’60 Minutes’ 38%

Newsmag’s 13.4 million viewers give CBS the audience crown; ‘Desperate Housewives’ wins the 18-49 for ABC

Conan O’Brien’s post-“Tonight Show” whine on “60 Minutes” helped spark CBS to a win in total viewers Sunday night, but it was the buoyancy of “Desperate Housewives” that gave ABC the victory in the all-important adults 18-49 demo.

Here’s a look at the ratings highlights:

‘HEARTBROKEN’… BUT WITH $32 MILLION: O’Brien’s exclusive interview bumped “60 Minutes” 38 percent week to week to a 2.2 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 13 million viewers. That was still 12 percent below “60 Minutes’” season average, however.

DESPERATE FOR ANSWERS: With yet another season full of intrigue beginning to come to resolution, ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” was up 9 percent to a 3.7/10 in the key adult demo and 12 million viewers.

NO BRET BOUNCE: A week after getting a huge ratings bump, with viewers tuning in for health updates on rocker Bret Michaels, NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” dropped 16 percent to a 2.6/7 key demo score and 7 million viewers.