(From Marc Berman's Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006, Programming Insider blog at Mediaweek.com
.ABC, as expected, kept its Tuesday winning streak intact courtesy of Mario Lopez vs. Emmitt Smith on Dancing With the Stars at a mammoth (and season-high) 26.72 million viewers with a 7.5 rating/20 share among adults 18-49 from 8-9:30 p.m. Comparably, that bested the second most-watched program of the evening, NBC's Law & Order: SVU (Viewers: 14.67 million at 10 p.m.) by a whopping 12.05 million viewers. Take a look at Dancing With the Stars by half hour:Dancing With the Stars8:00 p.m.
Viewers: 23.99 million, A18-49: 6.3/188:30 p.m.
Viewers: 27.56 million, A18-49: 7.8/209:00 p.m.
Viewers: 28.60 million, A18-49: 8.4/21
The first hour of Dancing With the Stars (Viewers: 25.78 million; A18-49: 7.1/19 from 8-9 p.m.) also outdelivered the No. 2 occupant in the time period, CBS' potent NCIS (Viewers: 15.78; Viewers: 4.2/11), by 10 million viewers and 69 percent among adults 18-49. As for my prediction who will win, I have to go with the better dancer, and that is Mario Lopez.