ABC’s Pan Am flew some very friendly skies in its Sunday night premiere, this despite leading out of Desperate Housewives‘ lowest-rated season opener ever.

The ladies of Wisteria Lane at 9 pm drew 9.8 million total viewers and a 3.1 demo rating, plunging 24 and 28 percent, respectively, from the show’s year-ago premiere. Pan Am however built on that audience, checking in 10.9 million viewers while scoring a 3.1 rating. What’s more, those tallies represent increases of 13 and 7 percent over what Brothers & Sisters did in the time slot a year ago.