The two-hour finale of Desperate Housewives Sunday handily beat out competition, including old reliable Survivor and the subsequent reunion show on CBS. The ABC drama reeled in 13.9 million viewers compared to 12.7 for the Survivor finale and 11.8 for the reunion show that immediately followed. Fox animated series Family Guy and NBC's SNL Just Shorts trailed the pack, with 7.3 mil and 3.8 mil respectively.
Desperate Housewives also scored the biggest share in the crucial 18-49 demo, drawing in a 4.72/12 rating. The strong numbers, however, are down 24 percent from last year's season finale.
The fifth season came to a close with "If It's Only in Your Head," where we the back story of Dave (Neal McDonough), who is also David Dash, and that he lost his wife and daughter when Susan's (Teri Hatcher) car hit them. As the pieces come together for the detective duo of Karen and Roberta and Mike (James Denton), Dave brought Susan and M.J in the same intersection where the accident took place because it would be "poetic." Thanks to hallucinations, however, he let M.J. go and both he and Mike survive. Very creepily, though, he was apparently brought to a mental institution, and some Desperate fans say it was just a way so he can go back.
Elsewhere on that episode, Gaby (Eva Longoria-Parker) finally knew how it was like to have a teenager in the house when Carlos' (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) niece moved in. She apparently had a problem with the girl using her girlish charms for boys to do all her chores for her, although I kind of envision Gaby as a teenager acting pretty much the same way. Lynette (Felicity Huffman) doesn't have cancer again. She's pregnant - with twins again - and it is set to complicate things as Tom (Doug Savant) prepares to head out to college (majoring in Mandarin, go figure).