ABC's Dancing With The Stars, which was tripped up a bit last week by CBS when it aired a drama that began on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and concluded on Without a Trace, took the lead again this week. The network also scored strongly with Grey's Anatomy, Samantha Who? and the American Music Awrds, all of which landed in the top-20 list. Nevertheless, CBS placed 12 shows on that list, and wound up with a 7.7 average rating and a 12 share for the week. ABC placed second with a 6.8/11. Fox placed third with a 5.2/8, just edging out NBC with a 5.3/8. In the nightly news ratings, Nielsen Research called it a draw, saying that ABC's World News with Charles Gibson and NBC Nightly News with Brian Gibson tied with 9.08 million viewers. The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric was well behind with 6.67 million viewers.
The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
1. Dancing With the Stars (Monday), ABC, 14.0/20; 2. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 13.3/20; 3. Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 12.5/18; 4. Dancing With the Stars (Tuesday), ABC, 11.7/17; 5. NCIS, CBS, 11.1/17; 6. House, Fox, 10.3/15; 7. Criminal Minds, CBS, 10.1/16; 7. CSI: Miami, CBS, 10.1/17; 9. 60 Minutes, CBS, 9.5/15; 9. Without a Trace, CBS, 9.5/16.