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"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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By Lisa de Moraes  |  April 21, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
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I really find it hard to believe that Kate Gosselin had anything to do with DWTS ratings. I will watch it more now that she has been voted off.

Posted by: mbrumble | April 21, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Last night's show was the one I've been waiting for. Kate is so self-absorbed it's sicking. She is always whining about how tough her life is as a single Mom, but how many single Moms go on DWTS? If she is so sick about not taking care of her children, she should return to nursing and then she would be home for her kids.

Posted by: jeiken | April 21, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

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