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Kate Gosselin helps boost ABC 'Dancing' to viewer high

Kate Gosselin arrives at Discovery Channel's New York

Kate Gosselin arrives at Discovery Channel's New York Premiere of "LIFE," Thursday, March 4, 2010. Photo Credit: AP Photo

Is there anything Kate Gosselin can't do? The reality star made her debut Monday night on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" and helped power the talent show to its best season-premiere numbers. Almost 24 million people tuned in to the two-hour episode and helped drive ABC to a Monday-night win in both viewers and key demographics, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Of course, many may have been tuning in to see whether Gosselin would stumble and still others might have checked out the show to see what Pamela Anderson would wear or whether football star Chad Ochocinco would score big off the field.

Besides landing 23.9 million viewers, "Dancing With the Stars" scored a 6.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen. Each rating point in that demographic equals 1.3 million viewers. For ABC, the Monday numbers were its best since the 2001 Rose Bowl.


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