The season finale of "Dancing with the Stars," while lower than recent finales, was still easily enough to lift ABC past "NCIS
"-driven CBS and "X Factor"-fueled FOX on a slow pre-holiday Tuesday.
Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 3.5 rating for the night, beating FOX's 3.2 rating and the 2.9 rating for CBS in the key demographic. NBC was fourth with a 1.9 rating, while The CW's 0.5 rating trailed.
Overall, ABC averaged an estimated 15.655 million viewers to go with a 9.9 rating/15 share. CBS was second for the night with an 8.8/14 and 14.27 million viewers in primetime. FOX was far back in third with 9.33 million viewers and a 5.4/8. There was another big drop to NBC's 3.3/5 and 5.22 million viewers and then to The CW's 0.8/1 and 1.1 million.
8 p.m. -
Although it was the least watched original episode in recent memory, CBS' "NCIS" averaged 18.45 million viewers and a 3.5 key demo rating to win the 8 p.m. hour. FOX's "X Factor" was well below its recent Wednesday performance show averages with 9.58 million viewers and a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49 for second. The network that was actually up was ABC, which saw small increases for both "Last Man Standing" (9.33 million viewers and a 2.7 key demo rating) and "Man Up" (6.79 million viewers and a 1.9 key demo rating). NBC's "The Biggest Loser
" averaged 5.66 million viewers and a 1.9 key demo rating. On The CW, a new "90210
" drew only 1.26 million viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating.
9 p.m. -
The "Dancing with the Stars" finale moved into first for the 9 p.m. hour with 18.49 million viewers and a 3.8 rating among adults 18-49 for ABC. "NCIS: Los Angeles
" was second overall with 14.03 million viewers and third in the key demo with a 3.0 rating. FOX's "The X Factor
" slipped to 9.08 million viewers in its second hour, but went up to a 3.2 key demo rating. In fourth, NBC's "The Biggest Loser" averaged 5.45 million viewers and a 2.0 key demo rating. The CW's repeat of the "Hart of Dixie" pilot averaged 944,000 viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating in fifth.
10 p.m. -
ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" capped off its season with 20.42 million viewers and a 4.4 key demo rating for the 10 p.m. hour. That sent CBS' "Unforgettable
" to a low 10.33 million viewers and a 2.2 key demo rating and NBC's "Parenthood" to 4.54 million viewers and a 1.9 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.