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NEW YORK -- Dancing With the Stars pulled out another win Wednesday with a results show that knocked out MSNBC host Tucker Carlson, but Matt Lauer's interview with disgraced teacher Debra LaFave on Dateline NBC nearly toppled it in the adults 18-49 demographic. Dancing was tops in key measures for the night in broadcast primetime, averaging 16.3 million viewers and a 4.1 rating/13 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. It easily won the hour against the finale of CBS' Rock Star: Supernova (7 million, 3.1/9), in which Canadian Lukas Rossi rocked to victory in the singing competition; Fox's Bones (8.4 million, 2.8/9); and the first half of Dateline: To Catch a Predator (9 million, 3.3/9). But the ratings turned toward NBC at 9 p.m. for the much-hyped exclusive interview with the teacher who had sex with a 14-year-old student. More than 10.7 million viewers tuned in for the program, which delivered a 3.9/11 in the demo in the 9 p.m. hour.

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