- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 28, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) Singing and dancing again dominated prime-time television.

Two nights each of Fox’s “American Idol” and ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” easily had the biggest audiences of anything last week. No scripted show drew even 15 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research said.

That’s a disturbing sign for TV networks heading into the May ratings sweeps, although executives also caution that more people are recording these shows for later viewing.

CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” with 14.6 million viewers, was the most popular scripted show.

For the week, CBS had an average of 9.2 million viewers. Fox averaged 8.6 million and won among the 18-to-49-year-old audience it concentrates on. ABC had 8.1 million viewers, NBC 6 million, the CW 2 million, My Network TV 1.5 million and ION Television 590,000.

Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with 3.8 million viewers, Telemundo had 1.2 million, TeleFutura 640,000 ( and Azteca 150,000.

NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.1 million viewers . ABC’s “World News” was second with 7.4 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.7 million viewers.

For the week of April 20 through 26, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships were: 1) “American Idol” (Tuesday), Fox, 23.96 million; 2) “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 23.95 million; 3) “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 20.5 million; 4) “Dancing With the Stars Results,” ABC, 14.7 million; 5) “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 14.6 million; 6)”Criminal Minds” special, CBS, 13.7 million; 7) “Desperate Housewives,” ABC, 13.6 million; 8) “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 13.5 million; 9) “NCIS” special, CBS, 12.6 million; and 10) “The Mentalist” special, CBS, 12.4 million.

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