‘Desperate Housewives’ finale: How were the ratings for ABC?

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The final goodbye wave to Wisteria Lane gave ‘Desperate Housewives’ one last brush with glory.

The two-hour series finale of ABC’s suburban soap drew 11.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen. That enabled the network to tie with CBS among total viewers and pull out a win among adults age 18 to 49, the main demographic for advertisers.


But let’s face it, Eva Longoria and her pals were nowhere near as popular as days of yore, when ‘Desperate Housewives’ was a reliable top-10 performer. More recently, the show’s fate has been rockier than Bree’s personal life.

Although the finale drew more viewers than this season’s overall average (10.4 million, when you toss in DVR numbers), the tally was actually lower than that of any of the show’s previous seven seasons. In its first, most-watched season, ‘Desperate Housewives’ averaged more than 23 million viewers. The first-season finale drew more than 30 million viewers.

What did you think of the finale? Did ABC end the show at the right time?


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-- Scott Collins