Cbs Stays Ahead In Ratings But Abc Dances Closer
CBS's old standbys overshadowed new programming on rival networks as it captured 10 of the top-15 positions on the Nielsen ratings chart. But ABC gave it a close run for the money thanks mostly to oversized ratings for Dancing With the Stars, Grey's Anatomy, and Desperate Housewives. CBS averaged a 7.9 rating and a 13 share for the week, while ABC placed second with a 7.2/12. NBC was a distant third with a 5.2/9, while Fox trailed with a 4.9/8.
The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
1. Dancing With the Stars (Monday), ABC, 12.8/19; 2. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 12.4/19; 3. Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 12.3/19; 4. Desperate Housewives, ABC, 11.8/18; 5. 60 Minutes, CBS, 11.3/17; 6. House, Fox, 10.8/16; 7. Dancing With the Stars (Tuesday), ABC, 10.7/16; 8. NCIS, CBS, 10.4/17; 9. CSI: Miami, CBS, 9.6/15; 10. Criminal Minds, CBS, 9.3/14.