"Desperate Housewives" is taking a back seat to Desperate Redskins in this town tomorrow night.
One week after ABC unveiled its new Sunday prime-time lineup, local affiliate WJLA, Channel 7, will preempt it to air the Washington Redskins-Baltimore Ravens game. Among the missing shows will be the network's freshman drama series "Desperate Housewives," whose debut scored huge ratings both locally and nationally.
WJLA will telecast a locally produced 90-minute pregame show hosted by sports anchor Tim Brant beginning at 7 p.m., followed by the ESPN-produced game at 8:30. "America's Funniest Home Videos" at 7, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" at 8 and "Boston Legal" at 10 are also being preempted.
WJLA will broadcast "Housewives" and "Legal" in the wee hours Monday, beginning about 12:05 a.m., after the game and a half-hour local newscast. "Housewives" will also repeat next Saturday at 10 p.m., as previously scheduled by ABC.
Last Sunday's debut of "Housewives" averaged 415,000 homes in this market, nearly double the number tuned in to its closest competitor at 9 p.m., "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," which aired on WRC.
Nationally, "Housewives" drew nearly 22 million viewers and was the week's most-watched show.
-- John Maynard