Charlie Sheen Factor Helping ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Beat ‘American Idol’

May 11, 2011  •  Post A Comment

For two weeks in a row, ABC’s "Dancing With the Stars" has won out over Fox’s "American Idol" as the country’s most-watched show, and the reason behind "Dancing’s” surge may be Charlie Sheen, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker blog.

Because of Sheen’s firing from CBS’s "Two and a Half Men" earlier this year, CBS has had to air repeats of the comedy, causing the network’s Monday audience to decline, the story says. As a result, more viewers may be opting to tune in to "Dancing With the Stars" on Mondays. The show is closing in on its best-rated season yet, even though it’s lacking the tabloid-fodder contestants of earlier seasons such as Bristol Palin, the article notes.

Nevertheless, among viewers18 to 49 years old, "American Idol" remains more popular than "Dancing," with about 8.6 million viewers in the age group watching "Idol" on Wednesday, compared with 5.9 million for Monday’s "Dancing," the story points out.

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