CBS and Fox shared ratings honors during Thanksgiving week, with CBS once again averaging the largest number of total viewers and Fox coming out ahead among adults 18-49. CBS averaged 10.45 million viewers for the week, 3.3 million between the ages of 18 and 49. Fox averaged 7.09 million viewers for the week, but 3.47 million of them were in the demo that advertisers prefer. (The two networks shared similar honors for the November sweeps, with Fox recording its best November numbers ever.) ABC could also claim boasting rights as its two Dancing With The Stars final episodes placed first and third among overall viewers. And NBC, while remaining at the back of the pack, nevertheless could claim that it was the only network to gain viewers compared with the same week a year ago. It was also a particularly good week for CBS's The Big Bang Theory , which continued to gain viewers and placed second in the 18-49 demo behind NBC's Sunday Night Football.

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research 1. Dancing With the Stars (Monday), ABC, 12.9/19; 2. NCIS, CBS, 12.3/20; 3. Dancing With the Stars (Tuesday), ABC, 12.0/20; 4. Sunday Night Football (Pittsburgh at Baltimore), NBC, 11.5/18; 5. NCIS Los Angeles , CBS, 10.4/16; 6. 60 Minutes, CBS, 9.0/14; 7. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 8.4/13; 7. (Tie) CSI Miami, CBS, 8.4/14; 7. (Tie) Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kickoff, NBC, 8.4/13; 10. (Tie) Find My Family, ABC, 8.3/13; 10. (Tie) Two and a Half Men, CBS, 8.3/12.

02/12/2009