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

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

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.