9:31am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Dancing With the Stars' Finale Climbs, NBC Tuesday Hits Lows
Dancing With the Stars wrapped a solid season on Tuesday night, winning primetime for ABC and hitting several notable highs in the process.
With an average 2.9 rating among adults 18-49, the series was up 21 percent from last year's fall finale. It also ranked as the highest-rated episode since September 2013. With an average 15.8 million viewers, DWTS pulled its biggest audience in just as long.
Though NCIS (2.4 adults) took a modest two-tenths of a point hit on CBS, lead-outs NCIS: New Orleans (2.3 adults) and Person of Interest (1.7 adults) were both steady with the previous week's episodes.
There was a lot of stability across the board, leading into the long Thanksgiving weekend, but one network not benefiting from that was NBC. After Monday's performance episode low for The Voice, Tuesday's outing clocked a live-plus-same day series low (excluding specials) with just a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 — off four-tenths from last week. Comedies Marry Me (1.1 adults) and About a Boy (1.0 adults) fell a respective four- and three-tenths of a point, and Chicago Fire (1.6 adults) dropped half of a point.
Fox's block of MasterChef Junior (1.5 adults), New Girl (1.3 adults) and The Mindy Project (1.1 adults) were all in line with their last episodes. And, on the CW, The Flash (1.4 adults) continued to show off its great stamina ahead of a steady Supernatural (0.9 adults).