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‘Dancing’ a High Stepper for ABC

May 23, 2007  •  Post A Comment

In preliminary Nielsen ratings for Tuesday night, ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” topped Fox’s “American Idol” in households for the first time.
The season finale of “Dancing” had a 14.9 HH rating compared to part one of the “Idol” finale, which earned a 14.5 in households. At 8 p.m., “Idol” continued to handily dominate in the premium 18 to 49 demographic, scoring a 9.3 and winning the night for Fox, while at 9 p.m. “Dancing” had a 6.6 in 18-49.
After “Idol,” the debut of the Mark Burnett/Steven Spielberg reality series “On the Lot” earned a 4.1 in 18-49, retaining 44 percent of its “Idol” lead in.
ABC was second, with a “Bachelor” special (2.7) leading into “Dancing.” Despite its season-high performance, “Dancing” was down 24 percent compared to its finale last spring.
CBS came in third with the season finale of “NCIS” (3.3) followed by a movie.
NBC was fourth with “Dateline” (1.6), a repeat, then the season finale of “Law & Order: SVU” (4.1).
The CW aired a recap special of its canceled “Veronica Mars,” which earned a 0.8, followed by the series finale with a 0.9.
(Editor: Horowitz)

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