“Dancing With the Stars” gives ABC highest total viewership for the night
Fox's "House" and NBC's "Smash" markedly improved over last week's ratings, while NBC's "The Voice" held firm to give the network an overall ratings win. Meanwhile, ABC was the most-watched network overall thanks largely to "Dancing With the Stars," according to preliminary numbers.
NBC took first place in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic with an average 3.2 rating/8 share and second in total viewers with 8.8 million. "The Voice" at 8 p.m. was flat with last week, taking the night's top ratings with a 3.7/10 in the demo and 10.1 million total viewers. Despite "The Voice"'s static showing, "Smash" increased 11 percent in the demo over last week, climbing to a 2.1/5, with 6.1 million total viewers.
ABC came in second in the demo and first in total viewers with an average 2.2/7 and 15.2 million. "Dancing With the Stars" modestly increased to a 3.0/8, and had 17.3 million total viewers, which made it the most-watched show of the evening. The "20/20" special "Dance Floor Confidential: Behind the Scenes of 'DWTS'" at 10 drew a 2.1/6 in the demo and 10.9 million total viewers.
Fox took third in the demo and total viewers with an average 2.2/6 and 6.9 million. "Bones" drew even with last week, posting a 2.2/6 and 7.2 million total viewers, while "House" the following hour enjoyed a 15 percent increase in the demo for a 2.3/6. It increased 16 percent increase in total viewers to 6.5 million.
CBS, which came in fourth in ratings and total viewers with an average 1.7/5 and 6.3 million, ran repeats.