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‘Dancing’ Finale Dips but Still Wins the Night

November 26, 2008 12:32 PM

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” which Tuesday crowned Brooke Burke as the latest celebrity champion, pulled in its lowest finale rating ever, as ABC barely beat Fox to win the night.

Dancing With the Stars

“Stars” drew a 5.1 rating/13 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research data. Year-to-year, the show tumbled 20% from last fall’s concluding episode. “Stars” was off 6% from the spring edition’s finale, too.

Leading into “Stars,” “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” (3.4/9) improved one-tenth of a ratings point from its performance last year.

ABC was first in viewers with 17.4 million and first in adults 18-49 with a 4.5/12.

A supersized (by eight minutes) “House” declined 11% from last week’s showing to a 5.0/14. “Fringe” also dipped, moving down 7% to a 3.8/10. But “House’s” runover will affect ratings for both shows, and it will change when nationals are released. Fox finished second with a 4.4/12.

CBS’ Tuesday finished in line with the previous week, as all of its shows gained one-tenth of a ratings point. It ended the night with a 3.2/9.

Facing stronger competition from the finale of “Stars,” “The Biggest Loser” (2.6/7) posted a season low, dipping 19% week-to-week. The declines spread to “Law & Order: SVU” (3.2/9), which was the show’s lowest-rated episode to date. NBC took fourth with a 2.8/7.

The CW aired the movie “How to Deal” to end the night with a fifth-place 0.4/1.

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