Ratings: Dancing goes out on top

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.

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Nov 20, 2006
For Dancing with the Stars . . .



What should have been a no-brainer (for winner) turned out to be a collosal joke. Mario and his partner had BY FAR more complicated moves, not to mention their athleticsm and statuesque physique. Instead we get the lumbering, graceless, supersized body of Smith executing baby steps. Ugh!!!!!!!



Smith should have been kicked out dancers ago! So should have Springer.
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Nov 18, 2006
Day Break is ok. Lost is still the best on ABC.

Dancing with the stars and so you think you can dance both stink. Dancing does not make for good TV.
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Nov 17, 2006
ok
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Nov 17, 2006
this show is horrible...who cares about B-list celebrities and weather they can dance or not...well i guess 27.2 million people...oops my bad..this show still sucks
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Nov 17, 2006
Yeah, Dancing with the Stars is huge and that's unbelievable to me!!!!!! I thought that Mario Lopez was going to win, even though I never watched the show, hahahah
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Nov 17, 2006
UFB, Dancing with the Losers comes out on top. This says a lot about our society.
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Nov 17, 2006
I love both Day Break and Medium, I will watch Medium on the weekend. I just really wanted to see what Day Break was all about. I LOVED IT! I'm not worried it will definitely run the 13 weeks and it will probably reair on the weekend. (Unless Football interferes).
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Nov 17, 2006
Seriously overhyped.
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Nov 17, 2006
Finally it is over.
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Nov 17, 2006
I hope Day Break keeps losing more and more people until there are none left...So Lost can come back a little earlier. :p
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Nov 17, 2006
Medium is an excellent show and had an excellent episode last night. I'm surprised it didn't have higher ratings. Watch it people, it's a really good show.
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Nov 16, 2006
Who knew Emmitt Smith could dance?
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Nov 16, 2006
holy crap, i didnt know dancing with the stars was watched by that many people
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lpe
Nov 16, 2006
Yeah... it'd be horrible if Day Break is cancelled midway. :| - Watch it, people... It's a good show. :D
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Nov 16, 2006
I watched the entire 2 hours of Day Break and thought it was very good. I think it's better than Lost. I just hope the ratings hold up in the upcoming weeks cause i don't want it to be canceled. It tells the story in a way that isn't done anywhere else on tv. If you haven't checked it out yet, please do so next week!
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