What Sunday night's NFC title game between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers may have lacked in excitement, it made up for in ratings. The game scored a whopping 17.6 rating and a 25 share in primetime, according to Nielsen overnights, well ahead of the 14.0/24 for last year's contest. Nevertheless, ABC also finished strongly with an average 10.8/16, thanks largely to a 15.3/22 for Desperate Housewives in the 9:00 p.m. hour, which beat the 14.9/20 for the final hour of the football game. The game peaked at 7:00 p.m. with a 19.6/30, then declined to an 18.2/26 at 8:00 p.m.