Viewership soars for "Dancing" finale

Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:57pm EST
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By James Hibberd

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Bristol Palin may not have won "Dancing With the Stars" -- but she delivered a ratings win for ABC.

The finale was up 25 percent in viewership Tuesday night from last fall's finale with 24.1 million viewers. Monday's final competition show drew 23.7 million.

Canadians watched the showdown in record numbers. The season finale pulled in an average 2.7 million viewers for CTV -- up 11 percent from last year's season-ender, according to BBM Canada data. As "Dirty Dancing" veteran Jennifer Grey grabbed the mirror ball trophy, the audience peaked at 3.3 million.