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ABC claimed a rare Tuesday victory, powered by the season finale of Dancing with the Stars.
The two-hour All-Stars closer drew 16.6 million viewers and a 3.0 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, up 33 percent from last week. Though it was a season high for the show, it's down 27 percent from last fall's finale. Lead-in holiday specials How the Grinch Stole Christmas (8.4 million, 2.4) and Shrek the Halls (8.4 million, 2.5), which also preceded Dancing's finale last fall, were down year-to-year.
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CBS took the night in viewership, as both NCIS
(19.6 million, 3.5) and NCIS: Los Angeles
(14.3 million, 2.9) both rose. Vegas
(9.4 million, 1.6) dropped two-tenths.
NBC and Fox had great nights as well, as all of their respective shows rose from last week's soft pre-Thanksgiving numbers.
On The CW, Hart of Dixie
(1.3 million, 0.5) was flat, while Emily Owens, M.D.
(1 million, 0.3) was down.8 p.m.
19.6 million viewers (3.5 demo rating)ABC: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
8.4 million (2.4); Shrek the Halls
8.4 million (2.5)Fox: Raising Hope
3.8 million (1.7); Ben and Kate
2.9 million (1.4)NBC: The Voice
11.4 million (3.8)CW: Hart of Dixie
1.3 million (0.5)9 p.m.
CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles
14.3 million (2.9)ABC: Dancing with the Stars
16.6 million (3.0) [9-11 p.m.]NBC: Go On
6.3 million (2.5); The New Normal
4.1 million (1.7)Fox: New Girl
4.2 million (2.3); The Mindy Project
2.8 million (1.5)CW: Emily Owens, M.D.
1 million (0.3)10 p.m.
9.4 million (1.6)NBC: Parenthood
4.4 million (1.8)