'Desperate Housewives' Tornado Episode Earns Top Ratings
'Desperate Housewives' Tornado Episode Earns Top Ratings
Sunday's catastrophic Desperate Housewives episode has proven great for ABC, as the show came out on top that night, both in viewership and the key adults 18-49 demographic.

The episode, which featured a tornado passing through Wisteria Lane, earned Desperate Housewives an average of 20.6 million viewers and a 7.7 rating/17 share in adults 18-49, as evidenced by the preliminary estimates released Monday by Nielsen Media Research.  It was also the best viewership and ratings the show has seen since its November 26, 2006 broadcast.

The episode, entitled “Something's Coming,” is the first of a special two-part episode.  The second hour has been completed but has yet to be scheduled for airing, which means that viewers will have to wait for an indefinite period of time before they can find out who else survived the tornado, and how the residents of Wisteria Lane will deal with the loss of two neighbors, Victor (James Slattery) and Sylvia (Melora Walters).

According to Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, he was inspired to write the particular episode after the success of last season's hostage crisis, in which Lynette (Felicity Huffman) is shot and other characters were killed.

"It taught me the value of doing something exciting," Cherry said.  "Very often, if you're just trying to show the lives of ordinary women and trying to make the small events of their lives interesting or big, you get in trouble.  Sometimes you can overwrite, sometimes people get too silly."

A natural disaster, on the other hand, raises the stakes “for everyone on every single level.”

While the episode won the 9pm timeslot for ABC, the shows Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (14.5 million) and Brothers & Sisters (12.7 million) also helped to put the network on top during the 8pm and 10pm hours.

Meanwhile, the network is airing reruns of Desperate Housewives on the show's regular Sunday timeslot.  According to ABC, the next episode scheduled to air is the fourth season premiere.

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Reuters
(Image Courtesy of ABC)