Ratings: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Premiere Plummets 19 Percent From Last Year

But ABC season opener still defeats NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” finale

Last Updated: September 19, 2017 @ 2:34 PM

ABC may have won Nielsen’s Mirrorball Trophy on Monday, but its “Dancing With the Stars” premiere performed nowhere near as well as last year’s.

Still, the Disney-owned broadcaster topped primetime outright, though the network was inflated in Detroit by “Monday Night Football.” The preliminary numbers for the net could slip a bit (further) when finale averages are available.

For now at least, ABC was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9 million, according to preliminary numbers. “DWTS” at 8 p.m. put up a 1.7/6 and 10.8 million viewers. At 10, “To Tell the Truth” had a 0.9/3 and 5.2 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.3/5 and in viewers with 4.9 million. The “American Ninja Warrior” season finale at 8 landed a 1.5/6 and 5.9 million viewers. The “Midnight, Texas” finale at 10 got a 0.8/3 and 2.8 million viewers.

CBS and Telemundo tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.7/3. CBS was third in total viewers with 4.2 million, airing all reruns; Telemundo was fifth with 1.6 million.

Fox was fifth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and fourth in viewers with 2.2 million. “So You Think You Can Dance” was the only show on the network’s schedule.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.4 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1.2 million, running all repeats.