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Sunday's ratings recap:

7 pm/ET
The season premiere of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition averaged 9.55 million total viewers.

8 pm
The Amazing Race 13 placed third for the hour, premiering to 10.29 mil (down 25 percent from Cycle 12's launch). The Simpsons returned to an audience of 9.3 mil, dipping just 135K from its previous opener; King of the Hill led out with seven mil.

9 pm
Housewives bested NBC's coverage of the Eagles-Bears with 18.44 mil, virtually matching last season's premiere. Cold Case (11.24 mil) dropped a mil. Family Guy (9.2 mil) built on King's audience, while American Dad (6.86 mil) was up 13 percent from its previous premiere.

10 pm
Brothers & Sisters (12.35 mil) trailed football, but was down just seven percent from a year ago. The Unit (9.75 mil) lost nearly a mil from its previous, Tuesday-night season opener.