'Heights' climbs to ratings high


ABC Family's "Lincoln Heights" season finale posted a series high Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, Nickelodeon's hourlong "Dora the Explorer" movie did well for Nick Jr., and Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Orange County" got off to its best season start.

"Lincoln Heights" wrapped its second season at 8-9 p.m. Tuesday, averaging 1.7 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was a series high for the show, which also posted highs among viewers 12-34 (927,000) and teens (499,000).

Overall, "Lincoln Heights' " sophomore season outperformed its first by double digits, up 17% in total viewers (1.4 million vs. 1.2 million), 54% in adults 18-34 (404,000 vs. 263,000), 30% in adults 18-49 (661,000 vs. 510,000) and 37% among 12-34 (771,000 vs. 563,000).

On Monday, "Dora Saves the Mermaids" averaged 3.5 million total viewers from 7-8 p.m. That included 1.3 million kids 2-5, ranking as Nick Jr.'s highest-rated primetime movie since February 2003 and the series' second-highest-rated primetime special ever, and 2.2 million kids 2-11.

Meanwhile, "Housewives' " third-season bow from 10-11 p.m. Tuesday was its most-watched season premiere, with 1.2 million total viewers tuning in. That's a slight increase over the Season 2 premiere (1.1 million in January) and a 10% increase among 18-49 (909,000 vs. 830,000).