TV Ratings: ABC Dances To Victory; "Break" Hits Season Low
There was no stopping ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" last night as the reality blockbuster scored 20,16 million viewers for its 2-hour telecast, with viewership levels peaking at 9pm. The penultimate episode of FOX's "Prison Break" meanwhile hit season low with 8,01 million viewers.
The season finale of "What About Brian" wasted most of the "Dancing" lead-in audience keeping only 7,58 million viewers tuned into ABC at 10pm. Actually, the show opened with 8,72 million coming down to only 6,44 million in the second half hour. JJ Abrams would need the magic of island to keep this stinker alive.
"The Black Donnellys" over on NBC did even worse than "Brian" with 5,67 million viewers. Expect both "Donnellys" and "Studio 60" off the schedule by the end of the season.
Earlier in the evening, two episodes of NBC's "Deal or no Deal" held up pretty well against the "Dancing" ratings monster - the original episode pulled in 12,1 million viewers. Still this is much worse than what the show used to average for new episodes at 8pm before ABC's reality contest came along.
Finally, FOX's "24" grew almost 4 million viewers out of "Prison Break" and ended up with 11,83 million viewers, while a repeat of CBS's "CSI: Miami" was the top show at 10pm with 12,97 million total viewers.
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