Election Week was not without its upsets -- like ABC landing three series in the week's top 10 and finishing No. 1 among the 18-to-49-year-olds broadcasters target.
Here's a look at the week's peaks and vales:
"Desperate Housewives." Nearly 25 million caught Sunday's episode, another record for ABC's new series, now breathing down the neck of CBS's "CSI."
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." A series high 20.2 million viewers put ABC's home makeover show on par with CBS's "Survivor" last week.
"The Daily Show." Election-night antics catapulted Comedy Central's late-night show to its largest weekly audience ever, just under 2 million viewers. On Tuesday, election night, the show's live, one-hour "Prelude to a Recount" averaged 2.1 million viewers and the following night the show grabbed 2.2 million -- the third and second largest "Daily Show" crowds ever.
Fox News Channel. FNC averaged 8.1 million viewers -- its largest haul ever -- on election night. Same night in 2000 the cable network copped 2.4 million. NBC News, helmed by departing Tom Brokaw, led the pack on election night with a prime-time audience of more than 15 million, but NBC, ABC and CBS news operations all clocked smaller crowds than they had in '00.
"The O.C." Prime-time soap returned to Fox's schedule last week with an audience of 8.6 million -- down about 2 million compared with its first-season finale. But last season "O.C." aired on Wednesday, and this season it's on Thursdays at 8 p.m., when 8.6 million becomes Fox's biggest audience in that time slot in nearly seven years. Fox's copycat soap "North Shore" benefited from close proximity, copping 5 million viewers Thursday at 9 -- its biggest audience since its June unveiling.
"Without a Trace." CBS's crime drama enjoyed its biggest margin of victory yet over NBC's doc drama "ER" -- 4.8 million viewers.
"Primetime Live." Princess Di went to prison. Nobody cared.
"My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss." Last season, Fox's "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance" opened with nearly 20 million viewers immediately after an episode of "American Idol"; this past Sunday, following "Arrested Development," "My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss" mustered an anemic 4.4 million. Say bye-bye to this franchise.
NBC Thursday. For the first time since at least 1991, NBC did not win a Thursday in a November ratings sweeps among the 18-to-49-year-olds it targets. In fact, in that demographic, last Thursday was NBC's lowest rated in any sweeps period since Nielsen began tracking demographics in 1987.
"Huff." Showtime's unveiling of its latest scripted series averaged just 456,000 viewers Monday night at 10. For comparison's sake, the premiere of "Dead Like Me" had bagged 1.2 million and "The L Word" 936,000 in its first episode.
"Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork." "Desperate Housewives" clobbered CBS's "Dallas" reunion, which nabbed just 12.7 million viewers Sunday night.
The week's most watched programs, in order, were: CBS's "CSI"; ABC's "Desperate Housewives"; CBS's "Without a Trace" and "Survivor: Vanuatu"; ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and "Lost"; CBS's "Cold Case" and "60 Minutes," and NBC's "ER" and "The Apprentice."