NBC's ailing football drama Friday Night Lights managed to stop its ratings slide last night, recovering from last week's 2.4 to attain a 2.7 in adults 18-49, equal to its premiere three weeks ago. Lights also added viewers of the course of its hour. NBC has ordered three additional Lights scripts, but NBC has already wrapped Kidnapped, which draws roughly the same amount of viewers.
The CW's teen detective show Veronica Mars climbed up a notch this week as well. The show improved by 20 percent in adults 18-34, 8 percent in adults 18-49, and 9 percent in total viewers (3.2 million).
ABC's Dancing With the Stars recorded season-high ratings with a heavily hyped interview with Sara Evans. Evans quit the show last week after her bitter divorce battle took an upsetting turn--porn was discovered on her husband's computer.
At 8 p.m., ABC scored a 5.5 in 18-49s for Stars. CBS followed with a 3.8 for NCIS, Fox scored a 2.9 for baseball, NBC turned on the Lights to a 2.7, and CW nabbed a 2.0 Gilmore Girls.
At 9 p.m., ABC earned a 5.0 for the combined last half-hour of Stars and the sitcom Help Me Help You. NBC and CBS tied with 3.7 for Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Unit, respectively. Fox and baseball hit a 3.5, and CW detected a 1.4 for Veronica Mars.
At 10, NBC and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit scored a 4.8, followed by fox and baseball with a 3.7, and a 3.3 for ABC's Boston Legal--the best ratings for that show since last March. CBS's Criminal Minds repeat scored a 3.1.
Overall, ABC earned a 4.6 rating, 12 share in 18-49s, with 16.0 million total viewers. NBC took a 3.8/10, 10.1 million; CBS landed a 2.6/9, 13.0 million; Fox scored a 3.4/9, 10.3 million; and CW grabbed 1.7/4, 4.0 million.