Last night's Dancing With the Stars produced a new winner: ABC.
The finale of the reality dance competition scored a potent 27.2 million viewers, with a 7.0 ratings/19 share in adults 18 to 49, according to Nielsen. The show helps ABC retain the number one spot in the demographic for the November sweeps period.
No spoilers here--to find out the winner go to ABC.com.
The network's new Taye Diggs serial Day Break, which takes the place of the vacationing Lost, lost almost half of its Dancing lead-in, scoring 14 million in its first half hour. Break shed viewers each half hour of its two-hour premiere, ending up with 10.5 million average viewers in 18 to 49s. Comparatively, Lost scored an average 17 million viewers in the spot.
At 8 p.m., ABC sauntered away with a 7.0 for the Stars finale. CBS scored a 3.0 for Jericho, and Fox dug up a 2.9 for Bones. NBC ate up a 2.8 for The Biggest Loser, and The CW fashioned a 2.2 for America's Next Top Model.
At 9 p.m., CBS took a 4.9 for Criminal Minds, ABC earned a 4.0 for the Day Break series premiere, and NBC scored a 3.3 for the first hour of Medium's two-hour premiere. Fox nabbed a 2.0 with a Bones rerun, and The CW earned a 1.3 for One Tree Hill.
In the 10 spot, CBS scored a 5.1 for CSI: NY, and Medium's second hour earned a 3.7 for NBC. ABC nabbed a 3.4 for the conclusion of Day Break.
Overall, ABC scored a 4.8/12 share in 18 to 49s, with 16.1 million total average viewers; CBS, 4.4/11, 14.0 million; NBC, 3.3/8, 8.4 million; Fox, 2.5/6, 6.8 million; CW, 1.7/4, 4.0 million.