NEW YORK — The return of "Dancing With the Stars" last week gave a boost to ABC, which has been struggling through a tough winter. The competition's two editions last week were second in viewership behind television's dominant show, "American Idol," according to Nielsen Media Research.

With 17 million viewers for its second edition, "Dancing With the Stars" even managed to hold up well while directly competing against Tuesday's "Idol."

Fox won the week, averaging 10.1 million viewers. ABC was second with 9.2 million viewers, CBS had 8.8 million, NBC 7.1 million and the CW 2.4 million.

For the week of March 17-23, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships:

1. "American Idol" (Tuesday), Fox, 27.34 million;

2. "American Idol," (Wednesday), Fox, 26.08 million;

3. "Dancing With the Stars," (Monday), ABC, 21.15 million;

4. "Dancing With the Stars," (Tuesday), ABC, 17.02 million;

5. "Two and a Half Men," CBS, 14.06 million;

6. "Survivor" (Wednesday), CBS, 11.56 million;

7. "60 Minutes," CBS, 11.54 million;

8. "New Adventures of Old Christine," CBS, 11.47 million;

9. "Lost," ABC, 11.46 million;

10. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," ABC, 11.37 million.