ABC's Dancing with the Stars knocked the socks off the ratings competition last night, scoring 28.6 million viewers and an 8.4 rating in its last half-hour. The 90-minute episode, the first half of a two-part finale, averaged a 7.5 rating in 18-49 year olds, with 26.7 million average viewers, according to Nielsen overnights.
The network's new William Shatner-hosted game show Show Me the Money, which followed Stars, debuted with a 3.6. Money lost 40 percent of Stars' lead-in.
CBS's new Stanley Tucci medical drama, 3 Lbs., premiered with a 2.8, landing third in its timeslot. The midseason show tells the story of the high-stress world of brain surgeons.
At 8 p.m., ABC scored a 7.1 for Dancing With the Stars. CBS earned a 4.2 for NCIS, and NBC came in third with a 2.3 for Friday Night Lights (which received a full season order yesterday). Fox and The CW tied with 2.0 each for Standoff and Gilmore Girls, respectively.
In the 9 p.m. hour, ABC earned a combined 6.6 for the last half-hour of Stars and the first haf-hour of Show Me the Money. Fox earned a 6.2 for House, and CBS scored a 3.4 for The Unit. NBC showed up with a 3.1 for Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and The CW earned a 1.2 for Veronica Mars.
At 10 p.m., NBC scored a 5.3 with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The last hour of Money was shown a 3.5, and CBS earned its 2.8 for 3 Lbs..
Overall, ABC scored a 5.7 rating/15 share in 18-49s, with 19.6 million total average viewers; Fox 4.1/11, 9.6 million; NBC 3.6/9, 9.8 million; CBS 3.5/9, 12.4 million; and The CW at 1.6/4, 3.6 million.