TV Ratings: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Kicks Off Solid, Others Hit Lows

DWTS S24 Premiere Ratings
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Dancing With the Stars” high-kicked its way back onto TV Monday night, and though it didn’t manage to top NBC’s “The Voice” in the 18-49 demographic, the Season 24 premiere was only down a tick from Season 23’s kickoff in the demo — and up a couple ticks from its previous spring premiere — and garnered a larger total audience than “The Voice.” “DWTS” brought in a 2.0 rating in the demo and 11.94 million viewers for ABC in Nielsen’s preliminary fast national numbers. “Quantico” consequently ticked up slightly to a 0.8 in the demo and an average audience of 3.65 million.

“The Voice” hovered around its usual performance for this cycle, with a night-winning 2.4 rating in the demo and 10.61 million viewers. “Taken” slid some more, to a 1.0 in the demo and 4.84 million viewers.


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CBS’ comedy lineup ticked down slightly. “Kevin Can Wait” brought in a 1.1 rating in the demo and 5.95 million viewers. “Man With a Plan” drew a 1.0 and 5.39 million. “Superior Donuts” came in with a 1.0 and 5.27 million viewers. “2 Broke Girls” notched a 1.0 and 4.61 million viewers. “Scorpion” stayed steady with a 1.1 and 6.31 million viewers.

Fox’s “24: Legacy” hit a new low with a 0.8 demo rating and 3.26 million viewers. “APB” was steady with a 0.7 and 2.9 million.

The beginning of CW’s much-hyped musical superhero crossover didn’t quite give “Supergirl” a bump — the DC series drew a low 0.6 in the demo and 2.02 million viewers. “Jane the Virgin” came in at a 0.3 demo rating and an audience of 903,000.

As a reminder, daily ratings fluctuations tend to amount to mere quantum foam, and many of these series will see lifts of 50% or more once viewing within three and seven days is counted. However, most of those gains won’t translate to the ratings guarantees networks make advertisers.

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  1. powerwalk says:

    DWTS didn’t have a single boring dancer unlike the last three seasons all of which featured at least a few dancers that were so cringe worthy, you had to change the channel or stop watching after all the good dancers finished. Last night even the non dancers had amazing routines. The SNL guy with the head-bob routine; loved it! The baseball player and the bull rider; excellent. But Mr. T’s A-TEAM routine was so awesome, patriotic, and spectacular in a humble sort of way, it moved me to happy tears. Congrats to DWTS on the big ratings and 12 million viewers. DWTS is probably the biggest live watched show on television right now in terms of total viewers. The WALKING DEAD has dropped off so much that it doesn’t get more than 9 to 10 million viewers anymore and is steadily losing its audience. Meanwhile, looks as if CBS comedies will all hit 0.9s or lower in the coming weeks. I never imagined that ABC would develop two nights of comedy that are stronger than CBS’, but that is where we are headed before the season ends.

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