'Dancing' Rules Tuesday for ABC
Shatner's 'Money' drops off from huge lead-in
The final performances on "Dancing with the Stars" drew big ratings for ABC Tuesday, leading the network to a resounding win for the night.
ABC averaged a 12.7 rating/20 share in primetime to take the night by a pretty wide margin. CBS, 8.0/12, came in second overall, and NBC, 6.5/10, held off FOX, 6.0/9, for third. The CW trailed with a 2.4/4.
The adults 18-49 demographic also went to ABC with a 5.7 rating. FOX, 4.1, took second in the demographic. NBC finished third at 3.6, just ahead of CBS, 3.5. The CW drew a 1.6.
"Dancing with the Stars," 16.6/25, dominated the 8 p.m. hour. "NCIS" earned a solid 10.0/16 for CBS. There was a steep drop from there to NBC's "Friday Night Lights," which came in third with a 3.5/5. FOX's "Standoff," 3.1/5, edged The CW's "Gilmore Girls" for fourth.
The final half-hour of "Dancing with the Stars," 18.0/26, and the debut of the William Shatner-hosted game show "Show Me the Money," 10.2/15, kept ABC on top at 9 p.m. FOX climbed all the way to second place with "House," 8.9/13. "The Unit" was third for CBS. "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" averaged 6.1/9 for NBC, and The CW got a 1.7/3 from "Veronica Mars."
At 10 p.m., "Law & Order: SVU" moved NBC into the lead with a 9.8/16. "Show Me the Money" slid to 7.3/12 on ABC, but that was still good enough to beat the premiere of "3 Lbs.," 6.5/11, on CBS.
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