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Ratings: 'DWTS' ties 'Idol' for week's top spot

Is this the season that ABC’s Dancing with the Stars takes over Fox’s American Idol as the most-watched program on network television? Well, that doesn’t seem like too big of a stretch, especially considering that Dancing tied Idol—each nabbing 24.2 million viewers—for the top spot for the week ending March 28. Granted, Dancing’s viewership was likely enlarged because the episode was its season premiere (it’s highest-rated ever!), but it’s still quite a moment for the show. In third place for the week, of course, was the other episode of American Idol, the Wednesday results hour, which pulled in 21.4 million viewers. CBS took the fourth and fifth spots in the top 20 with Undercover Boss (16.7 million viewers) landing at No. 4, and long-running newsmagazine 60 Minutes drawing 14.5 million viewers and tying for No. 5 with Two and a Half Men. Outside of NCAA basketball, the rest of the top 20—which can be found after the jump with viewership totals—was your usual mix of Grey’s Anatomy, reruns of NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles, Survivor, and so on.

1. American Idol Tuesday | Fox | 24.2 million
(tie) 1. Dancing with the Stars Monday | ABC | 24.2 million
3. American Idol Wednesday | Fox | 21.4 million
4. Undercover Boss | CBS | 16.7 million
5. 60 Minutes | CBS | 14.5 million
(tie) 5. Two and a Half Men | CBS | 14.5 million
7. The Big Bang Theory | CBS | 13.4 million
8. NCIS (R) | CBS | 13.0 million
9. The Amazing Race 16 | CBS | 12.7 million
10. Castle | ABC | 12.2 million
11. NCAA Basketball Saturday | CBS | 12.1 million
12. Grey’s Anatomy | ABC | 11.6 million
13. NCIS: Los Angeles (R) | CBS | 11.3 million
(tie) 13. NCAA Basketball Thursday | CBS | 11.3 million
15. Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains | CBS | 11.1 million
(tie) 15. NCAA Basketball Friday | CBS | 11.1 million
17. CSI: Miami | CBS | 10.8 million
18. Law & Order: SVU | NBC | 10.6 million
19. Cold Case | CBS | 10.3 million
20. NCAA Basketball Thursday | CBS | 9.7 million

Source: Nielsen