'Dance' Fever: ABC Wins November Sweeps

ABC's Dancing with the starsWith one night to go, ABC all but wrapped up a November sweeps win among 18-49 viewers with a big performance from its strong "Dancing with the Stars" finale.

ABC took in a Nielsen preliminary 4.6 rating/12 share among 18-49 viewers Tuesday night--just edging out Fox, which had a 4.5/12.

ABC earned a 5.1/13 from the two-hour "Dancing" finale from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., in which model/host Brooke Burke took top honors. The downside for ABC: the finale was 20% under the 6.4/15 number of a year ago.

Fox ran a close second, thanks to its usual big-rated tag-team dramas "House" and "Fringe," which earned a 5.1/14 and a 3.9/10, respectively. "House" was the best-rated 18-49 viewer show, easily winning top marks among 18-34 viewers with a 4.9/15. Both "House" and "Fringe" were down a bit from the week before.



CBS looks to come in at a strong second place in the November sweeps--although it only got to third place on Tuesday because of competitive heavyweight programming. CBS earned a 3.3/9, with its "NCIS" continuing to surprise--showing good results with a 3.7/10 in the 8 p.m. time period and falling second place to "House." "NCIS" actually moved up from a 3.5/9 the previous week.

NBC took it on the chin, with its "Biggest Loser 6" drifting down to a 2.6/7 from a 3.2/8. Also because of the big competition--specifically the last hour of the "Dancing" finale--"Law & Order: SVU" went lower: 2.9/8 from a 3.7/10 the week before. NBC landed with a 2.8/7 average for the night.

Univision stayed consistent for the month, earning a 1.6/4 from a combination of "Cuidada con el Angel," "Fuego en la Sangre" and "Aqui y Ahora."

CW gave "90210" and "Privileged" the night off and ran a theatrical movie, "How to Deal"--which brought in a 0.4/1 among 18-49 viewers, way down from its previous 1.2/3.

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