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Lifetime’s ‘Dance Moms’ returns big

Docusoap opens to series-best 2.8 million viewers

Lifetime, coming off a strong 2012, opened the new year on a good note too as Tuesday’s third-season premiere of “Dance Moms” drew a series-best 2.8 million viewers.

The docusoap starring Abby Lee Miller grew 33% over its most recent season premiere last summer, according to Nielsen, and also surged by 27% in adults 18-49 (to 1.4 million) and by 45% in adults 25-54 (to 1.3 million).

Dance Moms” is produced by Collins Avenue, with Jeff Collins, Michael Hammond, Mike Aho, Bryan Stinson and John R. Corella executive producing.

Following “Dance Moms,” a sneak peak of lingerie docuseries “Double Divas” averaged 1.5 million viewers. It will air regularly on Thursdays beginning next week.

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