TV Ratings: ABC, CBS dance, do the splits Tuesday

dwts_9_winner.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009

Tuesday night was a ratings race with CBS' crime procedurals coming out on top among households, but ABC's two-hour "Dancing With the Stars" finale snatched away the adult demo mirrorball trophy -- barely. Also good for ABC was "V," which maintained its viewership from the previous week after dipping in the past two weeks.

CBS took the night with 16.6 million viewers and a 10.3 rating/17 share in households, just ahead of ABC's 15.9 million/9.8/16. A far-off third place went to NBC (7.6 million, 4.7/8), followed by FOX (5.4 million, 3.3/5) and then The CW (1 million, 0.7/1).

Among adults 18-49, however, ABC jockeyed for position and pulled ahead with a 3.9 average for the night, edging past CBS' 3.8. NBC had a 2.9, FOX a 2.1 and The CW a 0.5.

Tuesday's hourly results:

8 p.m.

CBS: "NCIS" (20.3 million viewers, 12.3/20 households)
ABC: "V" (9.2 million, 5.6/9)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" (8.6 million, 5.3/8)
FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" (5.9 million, 3.7/6)
The CW: "90210" repeat (1.2 million, 0.9/1)

18-49 leader: "NCIS" (4.4)

9 p.m.

ABC: "Dancing with the Stars" (17.86 million, 11.1/17)
CBS: "NCIS: Los Angeles" (17.2 million, 10.4/16)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" (9.2 million, 5.5/9)
FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" (4.9 million, 2.9/5)
The CW: "Melrose Place" repeat (816,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.3)

10 p.m.

ABC: "Dancing With the Stars" (20.5 million, 12.7/21)
CBS: "The Good Wife" (12.5 million, 8.1/13)
NBC: "The Jay Leno Show" (4.9 million, 3.3/5)

18-49 leader: "Dancing With the Stars" (4.6)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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