ABC Dances to Sunday Rout

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Fast National ratings for Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006

Given the choice of celebrities competing for a tacky trophy on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" or the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics on NBC, viewers on Sunday overwhelmingly chose the former.

ABC won the night convincingly, averaging a 13.1 rating/20 share in primetime. NBC, 8.5/13, finished second, and CBS was third at 7.4/11. FOX came in fourth with a 5.6/8, and The WB trailed with a 2.1/3.

Among adults 18-49, ABC's 7.8 rating finished well ahead of everyone else. FOX took second in the ad-friendly demographic with a 4.3, while NBC managed only a 3.5. CBS averaged 3.2 and The WB 1.5.

CBS led the 7 p.m. hour with "60 Minutes," 7.9/13, which edged NBC's Olympic coverage, 7.4/12, and the conclusion of a NASCAR race on FOX, 7.2/12 (FOX, however, led in total viewers). "America's Funniest Home Videos" was fourth for ABC, beating out repeats of "Reba" on The WB.

The first half of the "Dancing with the Stars" finale on ABC dominated the 8 p.m. hour with a 14.5/21. CBS dropped to second with "Cold Case," 9.0/13. The closing ceremonies from Turin, Italy, were third. FOX slipped to fourth with "The Simpsons," 5.7/8, and "The War at Home," 4.4/6. "Charmed" posted at 2.6/4 for The WB.

At 9 p.m., "Dancing" improved to 17.4/24 as Drew Lachey was crowned this season's champ over Jerry Rice. NBC was second as the Olympics improved to 9.3/13. CBS aired a "CSI" rerun to take third over FOX's "Family Guy," 4.8/7, and "American Dad," 4.5/6. The WB aired another episode of "Charmed."

"Grey's Anatomy" closed the night for ABC with a 15.0/23 at 10 p.m. The Olympics concluded with a 9.1/14 on NBC, and a second hour of "CSI" on CBS averaged 6.5/10.

  • Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.
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