For one week at least, Donny Osmond was a big-time television star again.
Osmond's victorious turn on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" was Thanksgiving week's most popular prime-time TV program, narrowly beating CBS' "NCIS." The "Dancing" results show came in third, the Nielsen Co. said Wednesday.
Osmond is familiar with the prime-time television world, having hosted a variety show with his sister, Marie, three decades ago.
Still, with an audience of 19.29 million viewers, it was the lowest fall finale for the dancing competition, down 7% from a year ago. The 2006 fall finale averaged 27.52 million viewers.
Thanksgiving week represented the first drops of what is likely to be a flood of holiday-related shows on the broadcast networks. A Peanuts Thanksgiving special brought 6.5 million people to ABC last Thursday, while the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie "A Dog Named Christmas" drew 12.4 million viewers to CBS.