ABC waltzed to victory for the night in both in adults 18-49 and total viewers as the Dancing with the Stars finale averaged a 5.3 rating with adults 18-49 and over 24 million total viewers between 9p-11p. That’s up 23% from last fall’s finale. Earlier in the night No Ordinary Family scored a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth from last week.

Over on CBS, NCIS was flat vs. last week and both NCIS: Los Angeles and The Good Wife were down a tenth from last week to season lows with adults 18-49

Fox’s Glee dropped a full point from last week’s 5.0 rating with the 18-49 crowd, down to a 4.0, a season low for an original.  Glee saw its biggest drops with adults 18-34.  I’ll let everyone else debate whether that was due to an early start to the holidays and wait to see what happens with Glee’s next original.   The original episode of Raising Hope was down a tick from last week to a 2.4 rating with adults 18-49, but the repeat at 9:30 was up a tenth to a 1.8 rating.

NBC’s The Biggest Loser was down a tenth from last week to a 2.4 rating with adults 18-49 between 8p-10p.    Parenthood was up a tenth to a 1.9 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data (note huge Nightline numbers. DWTS lead-in?)

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, November 23, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Glee 4.0/12 10.38
CBS NCIS 3.9/11 18.80
NBC Biggest Loser 2.2/6 6.89
ABC No Ordinary Family 1.8/5 7.03
CW One Tree Hill (R) 0.3/1 0.92
9:00 ABC Dancing With the Stars (Fall Finale) 4.8/13 22.78
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.2/9 14.86
NBC Biggest Loser 2.5/7 6.71
FOX Rasing Hope 2.4/7 5.65
CW Life Unexpected (R) 0.3/1 0.81
9:30 FOX Rasing Hope (R) 1.8/5 4.28
10:00 ABC Dancing With the Stars (Fall Finale) 5.7/16 25.49
CBS The Good Wife 2.1/6 10.02
NBC Parenthood 1.9/5 4.50
9:00 ABC Dancing With the Stars (Fall Finale) 4.5/12 21.64
9:30 5.2/14 23.92
10:00 5.4/15 24.55
10:30 6.0/17 26.42

via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

  • In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.8/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 3.0/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 4.9/11; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.5/7.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/4; “Late Show,” 0.9/4; “Nightline,” 1.8/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.0/5.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4/5 in metered-market households) trailed CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.5/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 with an encore in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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