The cast of "Desperate Housewives" in 2005 from left: Marcia Cross, Nicollette Sheridan, Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher and Eva Longoria. (REED SAXON/AP)

This past season, it’s seventh, “Desperate” got nicked by NBC’s Sunday football broadcasts, averaging about 12 million viewers. That’s still a number most networks would kill for, but it’s a far cry from the 24 million who watched the show’s first season.

Creator Marc Cherry left the show at the end of last season, but ABC  secured the services of cast members Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher, and Marcia Cross for the coming season, with an option for one more, noted Web site Former castmate Nicollette Sheridan has sued Cherry over her unwilling exit from the show.

 CBS announced in May it’s moving its much younger, three-season old, chick-drama, “The Good Wife” into “Desperate’s” timeslot. ABC would not comment for the record about Sunday's planned announcement.