With Thanksgiving trips and meals on viewers’ minds, watching TV is taking a back seat as most programs last night were down week-to-week. Additionally, ABC’s lineup is headed to a downward adjustment in the finals as its fast nationals were inflated by local NFL pre-emptions. Even with that, Part 1 of the season finale of Dancing With The Stars (3.6/9) was down 27% from the corresponding telecast last fall. The debut of new game show You Deserve It (2.1/5) was down 13% from the premiere of Skating With The Stars, which followed Part 1 of the Dancing finale last November. ABC’s Castle once again swam against current, dropping when everyone else grows and rising when others fall. Last night, the mystery dramedy (2.7/7) posted a 13% increase vs. its last original 2 weeks ago. It will likely relinquish some of the gains in the finals due to NFL-fueld inflation. ABC (2.8/7, 14 million) currently runs second on the night in 18-49 and first in total viewers.
All CBS series were down from last week when 3 comedies, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly and Hawaii Five-0 posted their best demo numbers since their premieres. How I Met Your Mother (4.3/12, 10.1 million) was down 7% in 18-49, 2 Broke Girls (4.4/11, 11.2 million) down 8%, Two & A Half Men (5.2/13, 15.7 million) down 4%, Mike & Molly (4.2/10, 13.1 million) down 5% and Hawaii Five-0 (2.8/7, 10.3 million) down 15%. CBS (4.0/10, 11.8 million) still won the night in 18-49, with Men ranking as the top program in 18-49.
Fox’s Terra Nova (2.1/6) was down 9%, while House (2.5/6, 7.3 million) was flat in 18-49 and up 11% in total viewers. NBC’s The Sing-Off (1.4/3) also bucked the down trend with its penultimate episode, up 8%, while Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.9/2) dropped 18% to a series low. The CW’s Gossip Girl (0.7/2, 1.48 million) was up a tenth in the demo and hit a season high in total viewers, while Hart Of Dixie (0.7/2, 1.8 million) was flat in 18-49 and up 11% in total viewers.
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