Tuesday Ratings: Brooke Burke Wins 'Dancing With the Stars'

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November 26th, 2008

Scoreboard ABC CBS FOX NBC Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 17.42 14.81 10.61 7.36 4.29 .95
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 4.6/12 3.3/9 4.5/12 2.8/7 1.6/4 0.4/1
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 3.1/9 2.0/6 4.2/12 2.4/7 1.7/5 0.5/1

Happy early Thanksgiving!  A little light on the text analysis today, but the numbers are below.   One important note:  because House extended until 9:08 pm (and Fringe ran until 10:07pm) the numbers for both shows will be much adjusted in the final numbers.  In the report I used for the data below it's just whatever was in the 8p-9p and 9p-10p hours.

A mixed night of leadership with ABC taking total viewers and the 18-49 demographic thanks to the Dancing With the Stars finale.  Congratulations to Brooke Burke who bested the affable Warren Sapp to win the contest.  The times change, and change quickly, at least among 18-49 year olds it was the lowest finale performance for the show ever, averaging a 5.1/13 in the demo for the two hours and down about 20% from last fall's finale on November 27 which pulled a 6.4/15.

Nice also to see Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang still performing well though!

NCISThe Mentalist and Without a Trace were in line with season averages in the 18-49 demo, but the Biggest Loser hit a season low in the demo.  If I read the report correctly  Law & Order: SVU's performance among 18-49 year olds was a series low.

Last Tuesday's overnight report is available if you want to compare.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS NCIS 18.16 3.7/10 2.1/6
FOX House 12.49 5.1/14 4.9/15
ABC Charlie Brown Thanksgiving 11.10 3.5/9 2.6/8
NBC Biggest Loser: Families 6.48 2.4/6 1.9/6
UNI Cuidado con el Angel 4.70 1.7/5 1.9/6
CW Movie: How to Deal 1.01 0.4/1 0.5/1
9:00 ABC Dancing With the Stars Finale 19.08 4.6/12 2.9/8
CBS The Mentalist 15.90 3.6/9 2.3/6
FOX Fringe 8.73 3.9/10 3.6/10
NBC Biggest Loser: Families 7.05 2.8/7 2.4/7
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 4.87 1.8/5 2.0/5
CW Movie: How to Deal 0.88 0.4/1 0.5/2
10:00 ABC Dancing With the Stars Finale 22.08 5.7/15 3.8/11
CBS Without a Trace 10.37 2.5/7 1.6/5
NBC Law & Order: SVU 8.55 3.2/9 2.9/8
UNI Aqui y Ahora 3.30 1.3/3 1.3/4

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot. Timeslot demo winners are in bold.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source Marc Berman/Mediaweek.


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