NBC’s warriors mounted up on Monday. The season finale of “American Ninja Warrior” beat ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” premiere in ratings among adults 18-49. “DWTS” was still the night’s top show in total viewers, however, with a boost of attention from the first appearance by former Trump White House spokesman Sean Spicer.
Both NBC and ABC aired specials at 10 p.m. that proved to not be very special. NBC ended up winning primetime in the key demo, while ABC finished first in terms of eyeballs.
On Fox, the “So You Think You Can Dance” finale didn’t disrupt the top of the Nielsen rankings.
NBC was first in ratings with a 0.9 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 4.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. The “Ninja Warrior” finale from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. landed a 1.1/5 and 5.4 million viewers. At 10, NBC’s fall preview special had a 0.5/2 and 2.4 million viewers.
ABC was second in ratings with a 0.8 and first in viewers with 6.2 million. “Dancing With the Stars” from 8 to 10 received a 1.0/5 and 8 million viewers. “Beyonce Presents: Making The Gift” at 10 got a 0.4/2 and 2.5 million viewers.
The “DWTS” premiere was flat year over year in the main demo and up 4% in total viewers.
CBS, Fox, Univision and Telemundo all tied for third in ratings, each with a 0.4/2. CBS was third in total viewers with 3.5 million, Fox was fourth with 1.9 million, Univision was fifth with 1.4 million and Telemundo was sixth with 1.1 million.
CBS aired all reruns last night.
The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 1 million. Though CW scheduled all repeats, the network aired the New York Jets game in the No. 1 market in the world.