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Ratings: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Finale Leaps 21 Percent Over Last Year

ABC trophy presentation up one million total viewers from 2013

Alfonso Ribeiro took home Tuesday’s Mirror Ball trophy, while ABC celebrated its own outright Nielsen victory as the “Dancing With the Stars” finale rose from last year.

Meanwhile, NBC’s lineup dipped the most of the night, but still topped Fox’s soft Tuesday schedule for third place. CBS finished second.

ABC was first in ratings with a 2.6 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in viewers with an average of 14.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. A special “Dancing With the Stars: Road to the Finale” at 8 p.m. had a 1.9/6 and 11.3 million viewers. “DWTS” itself at 9 earned a 2.9/9 — up 21 percent from 2013’s fall finale — and 15.8 million viewers, up one million sets from last year. Both were highs on the night.

CBS was second in ratings with a 2.1/7 and in viewers with 12.9 million. “NCIS” at 8 received a 2.4/8 and 15.7 million viewers. “NCIS: New Orleans” at 9 got a 2.3/7 and 14.2 million viewers. “Person of Interest” at 10 had a 1.7/5 and 8.9 million viewers.

NBC was third in ratings with a 1.6/5 and in viewers with 6.2 million. “The Voice” at 8 received a 2.3/7 — down to a series low for regular episodes — and 9.2 million viewers. “Marry Me” at 9 had a 1.1/3 — down 27 percent from last week — and 3.7 million viewers. “About a Boy” at 9:30 got a 1.0/3 — down 23 percent from last week — and 3.1 million viewers. “Chicago Fire” at 10 dipped 24 percent from last week to a 1.6/5 and 6 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 1.3/4 and in viewers with 3.3 million. “MasterChef” at 8 received a 1.5/5 and 4 million viewers. “New Girl” at 9 had a 1.3/4 and 2.8 million viewers. “Mindy Project” at 9:30 got a 1.1/3 and 2.3 million viewers.

The CW and Univision tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 1.1/3. The CW was fifth in viewers with 2.849 million, Univision was sixth with a close 2.838 million.

For The CW, “The Flash” at 8 had a 1.4/4 and 3.4 million viewers. “Supernatural” at 9 got a 0.9/3 and 2.3 million viewers.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in total viewers with 1.3 million.