Last week's penultimate Dancing With The Stars competition show on Monday night hoofed it to the top of the ratings as 22.85 million viewers tuned in. It marked the fourth time in the last five weeks that the show had topped the Nielsen list (and Tuesday night's finale is virtually certain to do the same when this week's results are tallied). Nevertheless, CBS once again remained the most-watched network overall for the November sweeps week, even though none of its shows finished higher than fifth. Thanksgiving week, during which ratings usually decline, thereby signaling a plethora of repeats, actually saw relatively little ratings erosion. NBC's Sunday Night Football game between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles drew 21.8 million viewers -- even as ABC's Desperate Housewives on the same night attracted 18.6 million. Ratings for the evening newscasts were actually up significantly for the week, with NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams attracting an average of 9.91 million viewers. ABC World News With Charles Gibson finished second with 9.03 million viewers, while CBS Evening News With Katie Couric placed third with 6.94 million viewers.
The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
1. Dancing With the Stars (Monday), ABC, 14.7/22; 2. Sunday Night Football: New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles, NBC, 13.4/21; 3. Dancing With the Stars (Tuesday), ABC, 13.0/19; 4. Desperate Housewives, ABC, 11.5/17; 5. NCIS, CBS, 10.8/17; 6. 60 Minutes, CBS, 10.5/16; 7. CSI: Miami, CBS, 10.4/17; 8. House, Fox, 10.0/15; 9. Criminal Minds, CBS, 9.6/16; 10. Samantha Who?, ABC, 9.5/14.1.