ABC unseated CBS from its usual throne as the most-watched network last week. Among the key demographic group of adults 18-49, it held down all five of the top positions on the Nielsen ratings list. It was the best performance with regular programming by the network in more than a year. The top two shows among younger viewers were the season's final broadcasts of Dancing With The Stars, followed by the half-hour animated special Shrek the Halls. Sunday's Desperate Housewives came in fourth, while the classic holiday special How the Grinch Stole Christmas landed in fifth place. Overall, ABC averaged a 7.7 rating and a 12 share for the week. CBS placed second with a 6.8/11. NBC and Fox tied for third with a 5.2/8.
The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
1. Dancing With the Stars (Tuesday), ABC, 16.1/24; 2. Dancing With the Stars (Monday), ABC, 15.7/23; 3. Desperate Housewives, ABC, 12.6/18; 4. NCIS, CBS, 10.8/16; 5. Shrek the Halls, ABC, 10.7/17; 6. CSI: Miami, CBS, 10.2/17; 6. House, Fox, 10.2/15; 8. Criminal Minds, CBS, 10.0/15; 9. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 9.4/14; 10. CSI: NY, CBS, 9.2/15.