The Programming Insider: ‘Dancing’ Finale Leads ABC to Victory

Three hour finale average a 12.3 rating

In Today's Issue:

Prime-Time Metered Market Tuesday Ratings: ABC Wins; Fox Poised for Adult 18-49 Victory

National Ratings in Prime-Time: Week of May 16, 2011

Ratings Box: What’s Hot/What’s Not

On the Air Tonight: Prime-Time Programming Options

TV Tidbits: Notes of Interest

TV Trivia Time: Working Mama Brady


ABC Wins; Fox Poised for Adult 18-49 Victory

Tuesday 5/24/11

Note: The overnight data now includes DVR playback until 3 a.m. local time. One year earlier it was based on Live data only.  All times are ET/PT.

Household Rating/Share

ABC: 12.3/19, Fox: 10.9/17, CBS: 6.1/ 9, NBC: 5.6/ 9, CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening (Tuesday 5/25/10):

ABC: +16, Fox and CW: no change each, NBC: – 2, CBS: -34

Yesterday’s Winners:

American Idol (Fox), Dancing with the Stars (ABC), Glee (Fox)

Honorable Mention:

The Biggest Loser (NBC), The Voice (NBC)

Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):


Ratings Breakdown:

ABC, of course, led the Tuesday overnight troops with three hours of Dancing with the Stars (one-hour clips show, two-hour season-finale) at an average 12.3 rating/19 share from 8-11 p.m.  The retrospective special finished second with a 7.5/12 from 8-9 p.m., followed by the live results show at a 14.6/22 from 9-11 p.m.  Here is the half-hour breakdown:

Dancing with the Stars (ABC)

9:00 p.m.: 13.8/20 (#1)

9:30 p.m.: 13.9/20 (#1)

10:00 p.m.: 15.0/23 (#1)

10:30 p.m.: 15.9/25 (#1)

Congratulations, Hines Ward.

Fox finished second in the overnights, but is a shoo-in for victory among adults 18-49 thanks to its combination of the final American Idol performance show (#1: 13.5/21 at 8 p.m.) and the season-finale of Glee (#2: 8.3/12 at 9 p.m.), which benefited by the American Idol lead-in support.  Comparably, American Idol was equal to one year earlier.  Although the masses are predicting victory for Scotty over Lauren, let’s be honest.  Does anyone even care?

In season-finale news, The Biggest Loser on NBC concluded this easily forgettable season with an above-average 5.6/ 9 from 8-10 p.m., building by half-hour as follows:

The Biggest Loser (NBC)

8:00 p.m.: 4.9/ 8 (#4)

8:30 p.m.: 5.2/ 8 (#4)

9:00 p.m.: 6.0/ 9 (#4)

9:30 p.m.: 6.2/ 9 (#3)

Despite the added lead-in support, The Voice dipped to last-in the overnights at 10 p.m., with a 5.6/ 9.  But keep a positive eye on adults 18-49 despite facing the final hour of Dancing with the Stars.

Elsewhere, CBS populated the evening with repeats of NCIS (#3: 6.6/10), NCIS: Los Angeles (#4: 6.0/ 9) and another installment of NCIS (#2: 5.8/ 9).  And The CW capped it off with encore telecasts of One Tree Hill and canceled Hellcats, which each averaged a miniscule 0.5/ 1 in the overnights.

As a reminder, here is what you will be seeing on the broadcast networks this fall (with new shows in caps and bolded):



8:30 p.m.  MAN UP

9:00 p.m.: Dancing With the Stars

10:00 p.m.: Body of Proof


8:00 p.m.: NCIS

9:00 p.m.: NCIS: Los Angeles



8:00 p.m.: The Biggest Loser (two hours)