DWTS Beats Idol Ratings For the first time, 'Dancing With the Stars' leads By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Apr 7, 2010 8:10 AM CDT 5 comments Comments In this publicity image released by ABC, Kate Gosselin, right, and her partner Tony Dovolani perform on "Dancing with the Stars," Monday, April 5, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/ABC, Adam Larkey) (Newser) – Dancing With the Stars beat American Idol—both nights of it—in the ratings for the first time last week. According to Nielsen, nearly 23 million people tuned in to DWTS on Tuesday, compared to Idol’s 21.8 million Tuesday and 20.5 million Wednesday. One possible reason? “I chalk it up to the Gosselin effect,” an analyst tells the AP.