"Dancing" dancing beats "Idol" singing again this week
Dancing on, um, "Dancing" has once again paso dobled past singing on "Idol."
Monday's 90-minute episode of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," in which America's Most Put Upon Mother Kate Gosselin walked through an alleged foxtrot to "The Breakfast Club" tune "Don't You (Forget About Me)" while dressed as Princess Aurora from "Sleeping Beauty," averaged 21.1 million viewers, jumping by about half a million viewers week-to-week.
Meanwhile, Tuesday's one-hour performance episode of "Idol," in which show host Ryan Seacrest's ego took the night off, freeing up more time for the Idolettes to take turns singing inspirational songs, attracted 19.1 million people to their screens, according to early numbers from Nielsen. The show ran a few minutes past the hour and those minutes are not included in that early stat. The tally will probably go up when Nielsen factors in those few minutes, though it's very unlikely the audience size will go up to the tune of more than 2 million viewers, which is what it would take to beat "Dancing."
Fox's only hope of beating Monday's "Dancing" now appears to be Wednesday night's "Idol" results night, which is also this season's "Idol Gives Back" celebrity-studded charity fundraiser broadcast. Except, the last time Fox aired an "Idol Gives Back" - in April of '08 - the celebrity-strewn episode actually scored a smaller-than-usual crowd for the "Idol" franchise - 17.8 million viewers. I know - what's up with that? Lucky for Fox, it decided to "special" out the charity fundraiser, which means Nielsen did not include it in the show's season average.
This week marks the third time in five weeks this season the performance night of "Dancing" has attracted a larger crowd than the performance night on "Idol." It may also be the last week; "Dancing" ratings magnet Kate Gosselin got the hook on Tuesday's elimination episode.
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