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TV Winners and Losers

Some shows soared (a resurrected ''Smallville'') and some flopped (Martha's ''Apprentice'') in the fall 2005 lineup -- get the details

Sandra Oh, Ellen Pompeo, ...
Image credit: Grey's Anatomy: Craig Sjodin/ABC
Sandra Oh, Ellen Pompeo, ...
Image credit: Grey's Anatomy: Craig Sjodin/ABC

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Everyone pretty much stayed out of ABC's way on Sunday for good reason: Desperate Housewives (No. 2) remained a deadly force in its second season, with 24.6 million viewers (a bump of about 1.2 million over last season's average), despite a bitter critical backlash. ''A cultural phenomenon like that, people will try to knock it,'' says ABC Entertainment executive VP Jeff Bader. ''But it's still the No. 1 show on television [among 18- to 49-year-olds].'' Its lead-out, Grey's Anatomy (No. 5, pictured), proved truly addictive for an audience of 18.2 million. Earlier in the evening, NBC's revamped West Wing (No. 46) won critics' votes, but not viewers'. ''It's a show we couldn't be prouder of,'' says NBC's executive VP of programming, Mitch Metcalf. ''You wish you had a magic time period for it, but we're not going to be anywhere near winning the night.''

OTHER SUNDAY WINNERS Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, ABC (No. 10), one of reality's few remaining powerhouses; The Simpsons, Fox (No. 32), managing year-to-year gains in its 17th season; Cold Case, CBS (No. 12), television's quietest hit.

OTHER SUNDAY LOSERS Blue Collar TV, The WB (No. 121): 121st place isn't funny. Seriously.

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