Primetime Ratings: ABC’s Numbers Aren’t Peanuts

Charlie Brown Christmas Specials, Dancing with the Stars Propel ABC on Tuesday Night

Tuesday was family night, with ABC winning the Nielsen Media Research ratings race in the 18-49 demo with classic Charlie Brown Christmas specials and the finale of its ballroom competition, Dancing with the Stars, averaging a 5.8 rating/14 share on the night.

But the highest-rated show was Fox's House, which averaged a 7/16 from 9 p.m.-10 p.m. up against the first hour of ABC's two-hour Dancing marathon (5.9/14) that saw infectiously upbeat Indy 500 Winner Helio Castroneves add the mirrored ball to his trophy case. But ABC won the 8 p.m.-9 p.m. hour with the Peanuts gang (4.6/12) and the 10 p.m.-11 p.m. hour with Dancing (6.3/15).

NBC was third with a 3.6/9, thanks primarily to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit's 4.7/12 from 10 p.m.-11 p.m.

CBS was fourth led by NCIS from 8 p.m.-9 p.m. (3.3/9) but hurt by the blink-and-you-missed-it 1.6/4 for drama Cane at 10 p.m. up against Dancing and SVU.

The CW averaged a 1.1/3 for Beauty & the Geek (1.3/3) and Reaper (1.1/2).