ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' Becomes the First Show Ever to Top Fox's Idol Tuesday Finale

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May 25th, 2011

via press note:

With the Grand Finale 12th-season closer of “Dancing,” ABC (17.4 million) stood as the most-watched network on the final Tuesday of the season and sweep, outdrawing Fox (16.0 million) with its Tuesday finale of “Idol” into the season finale of “Glee” by 1.4 million viewers and NBC (8.2 million) with its 2-hour season closer of “The Biggest Loser: Couples” and “The Voice” by 9.2 million viewers.  In addition, ABC defeated NBC on the night by 12% in Adults 18-49 (3.7/10 vs. 3.3/9).

  • Surging week to week in Total Viewers (+23%) and Adults 18-49 (+37%), ABC marked its 2nd-strongest Tuesday of the season.

“DWTS Results Show” (9:00-11:00 p.m.)

In its 12th-season finale from 9:00-11:00 p.m., ABC’sDancing with the Stars Results Show” producedseason-high numbers on the night in both Total Viewers (21.0 million) and Adults 18-49 (4.5/11).  The “Dancing” finale dominated all 4 of its half-hours in Total Viewers to stand as the most-watched TV program of the night, topping the Tuesday finale of “American Idol” by 1.0 million viewers (21.0 million vs. 20.0 million from 8:00-9:00 p.m.). In fact, ABC’s “DWTS Results  Show” outdrew Fox’s Tuesday “Idol” finale for the first time, becoming the first-ever TV program to accomplish the feat. Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward won the coveted Mirror Ball trophy. 

 

  • Soaring to a decisive victory in its second hour from 10:00-11:00 p.m., “DWTS the Results Show” towered over runner-up NBC’s “The Voice” by 13.5 million viewers (22.0 million vs. 8.5 million) and by 26% in Adults 18-49 (4.8/12 vs. 3.8/9).   

  • “DWTS the Results” jumped by double-digit percentages over its year-ago Tuesday finale (on 5/26/10), building 14% in Total Viewers (21.0 million vs. 18.4 million) and 15% in Adults 18-49 (4.5/11 vs. 3.9/11).  In fact, “DWTS Results Show” attracted its 2nd-largest crowd ever for a spring closer.

 

  • On average (“DWTS” and “DWTS Results Show” combined), Season 12 of “Dancing” built over Season 11 in Total Viewers (+3% - 21.0 million vs. 20.4 million) and in Adults 18-49 (+2% - 4.5/12 vs. 4.4/11),producing as the franchise’s most-watched-ever season overall.

 

 
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