ABC gives thanks for 'Dancing'


NEW YORK -- Although NBC and CBS got boosts from primetime football, ABC won the Thanksgiving week in the key adults 18-49 demographic.

The writers strike began to have an impact in the third week of the November sweep, with CBS offering repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" as well as other shows. Thursday's NBC comedy lineup, which was anchored by the strike victim "The Office," was replaced by "The Incredibles" and an "Office" repeat.

ABC's star was the second-to-last week of "Dancing With the Stars," with the reality competition series (22.8 million viewers, 5.6 rating/14 share) and "Samantha Who?" (14.4 million, 4.6/10) leading the network to a win Monday to start the week, Nielsen Media Research said.

"Dancing" was the top show in the demo for the night, ahead of NBC's "Heroes" (10.8 million, 5.1/12) as well as CBS' "Two and a Half Men" (13.9 million, 5.0/12) and "CSI: Miami" (15.8 million, 4.9/12). ABC's "The Bachelor" (11.2 million, 4.2/11) helped ABC carry the day with its shocking finale in which Brad Womack didn't pick either woman.

Tuesday had another shot of "Dancing" (21 million, 5.0/12), but the real winner was Fox, whose "House" (16.9 million, 6.8/17) led the network to a nightly victory. CBS was strong with "NCIS" (17.3 million, 3.6/10) but not so much with "Cane" (7.5 million, 2.0/5).

The night before Thanksgiving was tough on the broadcast networks, with shows on Fox and CBS in repeats, though CBS won. ABC's "Private Practice" (8.5 million, 2.7/7) was beaten in the time period by a repeat of CBS' "Criminal Minds" (15.9 million, 3.8/11) and NBC's "Deal or No Deal" (10.2 million, 2.8/8).

Thursday went to CBS despite ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" (14.1 million, 5.1/14) being the top show of the night, edging out the Eye's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (14.7 million, 4.2/12) head-to-head in adults 18-49. CBS won at 8 p.m. with "Survivor: China" (11.6 million, 3.6/11) and 10 p.m. with "Without a Trace" (12.2 million, 3.1/9).

Friday was won by CBS, which prevailed with its drama lineup of "Ghost Whisperer" (10 million, 2.7/8), "Moonlight" (7.3 million, 2.2/6) and "Numbers" (10.1 million, 2.6/8), ahead of ABC's drama lineup as well as NBC's special movie, "Family Man" (7.1 million, 2.3/7). ABC won Saturday by far with the matchup of Missouri-Kansas (11 million, 3.6/11), which led Missouri to the No. 1 spot in college football's BCS rankings.

NBC got its own boost from football as the New England Patriots narrowly defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in "Sunday Night Football" to remain undefeated. "SNF" delivered a monster 21.8 million viewers and an 8.6/20 in the demo. CBS got a boost from an hourlong NFL runover earlier in the evening and helped "60 Minutes" (16.1 million, 3.8/9) to a strong night in viewership. ABC came in second for the night, anchored by "Desperate Housewives" (18.6 million, 7.0/15).

ABC (11.6 million, 3.6/10) won the week in adults 18-49, followed by CBS (11.7 million, 3.3/9), NBC (9.1 million, 3.3/9), Fox (6.6 million, 2.5/7) and the CW (2.2 million, 0.9/2).