Ratings: Dancing Hits Season-High Numbers, Leads ABC to Win
Dancing with the Stars
The two-hour Dancing with the Stars finale brought in its biggest audience of the season, helping ABC edge out CBS in the ratings Tuesday night.
An average of 19.2 million viewers tuned in to see Donny Osmond claim the Mirrorball trophy for Dancing's ninth season. Dancing also claimed its highest rating in the 18-to-49 demographic. V, which kicked off the night for ABC, held steady compared to its week-earlier numbers with 9.3 million viewers.
CBS still had a strong showing, anchored as usual by NCIS, the night's most-watched show with 20.2 million viewers. NCIS: Los Angeles (14.8 million) and The Good Wife (12.7 million) held their audience from a week ago, and The Good Wife grew 8 percent among 18-to-49-year-olds.
NBC finished third, with a two-hour The Biggest Loser attracting 9 million viewers and The Jay Leno Show pulling in 6.1 million. Fox's two-hour So You Think You Can Dance was watched by 6 million viewers, while the CW's repeats of 90210 and Melrose Place drew 2.1 million and 1.5 million, respectively.