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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Finale Weakest to Date

November 28, 2007 12:32 PM

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” had its weakest finale to date on a Tuesday night that saw a few shows with depressed ratings—including new lows for CBS’ “Cane” and The CW’s “Reaper.”

The “Dancing” finale gave ABC a win for the night (although Fox’s “House” was the highest-rated show) among adults 18 to 49 and total viewers. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” opened the night strong for ABC and won the 8 p.m. hour (with a 4.6 preliminary Nielsen rating among adults 18 to 49, down slightly from last year). The two-hour “Dancing” (6.4) saw race-car driver Helio Castroneves win the top prize.

Below is a video clip of Helio winning.

Fox was second with an on-par “Bones” (3.4) and “House” (7.0).

Third place goes to NBC, which had a two-hour “Biggest Loser” (an average 3.1, and doesn’t this show’s ever-changing episode length seem to mimic the yo-yoing of its contestants’ waistlines?), followed by a similarly average “Law & Order: SVU” (4.6).

CBS had a rough night, with “NCIS” (3.3) and “The Unit” (2.9) on the low side. The network’s real headache was at 10 p.m., however, with “Cane” (1.6) resuming its descent and dropping to an alarming new low against the “Dancing” finale. CBS has shown strike-inspired patience with this drama, but that number likely rules out a pickup.

The CW’s “Beauty and the Geek” was on par (1.3), but alas, poor “Reaper” (1.0). Watching the supernatural drama’s creative and ratings struggles is like a movie where the hero is frantically giving CPR to his lifeless love interest—“Breathe, damn you!”

1:30: Updated length of "Dancing With the Stars" finale

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Comments (9)

Robert:

Hey Hib,
You must not watch what you write about. Dancing with the Stars was 2 hours last night. Or did you enjoy it so much it only seemed like 90 minutes? Putz!!!

Valli:

Reaper at a new low? I'm not surprised. I didn't even know there was a new episode last night until I found it on my DVR. It's too bad too. I think last night's episode was one of the best since the pilot. Come on people! Watch Reaper!

Mickey:

One can not judge how a show's ratings are until all of the potential viewership is measured. With DVR's now in over 1/5 of the Nielsen sample, one needs to see what the Live Plus 7 Day data is before comparisons to past shows can be judged.

Mickey:

One can not judge how a show's ratings are until all of the potential viewership is measured. With DVR's now in over 1/5 of the Nielsen sample, one needs to see what the Live Plus 7 Day data is before comparisons to past shows can be judged.

Mark Jeffries:

I think James meant "Biggest Loser"'s finale was 90 minutes. These reality comp shows--they're all the same. :)

dancing fan:

it's worth noting that the May finale did not face "House" which was moved to the follwing week

Aidelina:

I love the CBS Cane show and I watched Cane instead, so I missed Dancing with the stars Finale I am glad Helio won he was my favorite.I am also glad it was down to Mel and Helio they were good.I am just so upset that Cane may not make it next season with low ratings I hope people watch it when it comes back on Dec 11 it will be at 9pm instead of 10 but a 2nd eppy will be on at 10 pm. I hope it picks up viewers because it would be a shame this is a great show.

Dani22:

How about the new season of DWTS? Season 7? This is by far the best season yet. I am kind of surprised that Ted got kicked off last night. I mean he wasn't the best of the bunch but I don't think he was the worst either. I think Susan Lucci or Cloris should have been booted before him. At least he was really trying. What do you think?

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