The battle of the network reality shows resulted in positive news for ABC and some disapointment for NBC.
ABC's Dancing With the Stars took an average of 9.2 million viewers in its two hours, from 8-10:00 pm, including a 2.2 million demo share, up five percent. Castle, the Nathan Fillion-starring mystery show, averaged seven million in the 10-11:00 pm slot, with a 2.1 share, up 11 percent. The network did have NFL preemptions in Kansas City and Pittsburgh, so final ratings are subject to adjustment.
Six is not Sabrina Bryan's lucky number. The actress and singer, who left Dancing With the Stars in the sixth week of her first turn on the show, was also voted off during the sixth week of the ABC series' All-Stars season.
The results, delivered during Tuesday's episode, came after three performances' worth of scores -- which put Bryan and partner Louis van Amstel on the top of the leader board with a cumulative 88.5.
The broadcasters' largely lackluster fall season has been a boon to cable ratings. Numbers no one would have imagined just a few years ago now come in the oddest places, from TLC's Breaking Amish outperforming several Big Four scripted dramas to FX's Sons of Anarchy running over ABC's Dancing With the Stars. Here is a look at five of the more improbable smackdowns.
Going into Monday's abbreviated performance episode of Dancing With the Stars, Melissa Rycroft's herniated disc was the biggest issue of the night -- that is until the All-Star announced she was fully capable of performing and Carrie Ann Inaba dramatically fell off of a chair.
Dancing With the Stars handed out its first real surprising elimination of the All-Star season, though it wasn't shocking in the usual ways.
When the broadcast drew to a hasty close -- it nearly ran into coverage of the presidential debate -- the two couples on the bottom were the season's lowest scorers, as they had been during their initial runs on the competition.
The rules are breaking on Dancing With the Stars. And it's probably for the best.
Going into the third week of the ABC series' All-Stars season, little had been different from previous cycles -- other than the familiar cast's histories with the show and the debatably useful introduction of "half points." But after a few notable differences during Monday's performance show, the energy level seems to be shifting.
Tony Dovolani has not made it to a Dancing With the Stars finale in seven seasons, not since the last time he teamed up with Melissa Rycroft.
And now that the All-Stars season finds them reunited, they're not taking any chances on losing votes for anything but their performances. On a recent visit to the duo's Los Angeles rehearsal studio, The Hollywood Reporter was clued in to their game plan: wooing older viewers with classic tunes.