Dancing with the Stars 5 finale is fall’s second-most watched show

On Tuesday night, 24.88 million people watched Helio Castroneves win Dancing with the Stars 5.

That was “best showing on the night in seven years and clinched the net’s third straight November sweep victory among young adults,” Variety reports. And for the fall, the Dancing “finale is the season’s No. 2 telecast in total viewers, behind only the season [premiere] of CBS’ ‘CSI’ (25.22 million).”

Still, the conclusion didn’t perform as well as it has in the past. “The ‘Dancing’ finale was up 9% in viewership and down 4% in adults 18-49 compared with May while down 9% in viewership and down 10% in adults 18-49 compared with last November’s finale. It was the lowest demo rating in the series’ five cycles,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

‘Dancing’ finale lifts ABC [Variety]
Split decision in 18-49 with ‘Dancing,’ ‘House’ [Hollywood Reporter]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.