ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” handed out a Mirrorball on Monday, and in return it received a new low in overnight Nielsen ratings.
Let’s be very fair to “DWTS” — this was Season 27 we’re talking about. Plus, last night was still a season-best and the show’s numbers brought its home network to a tie for first place in the key adults 18-49 range and made ABC the outright winner in total viewers. Find out your winners here.
The dancing competition had set a new fall finale low in ratings last year, when it posted a 1.4 rating/5 share and had 9.2 million total viewers, per Nielsen’s fast-national ratings. This time around, it settled for a 1.3 and 8.6 million viewers.
It’s important to note that ABC had NFL preemptions in both Kansas City and Los Angeles Monday night, so those “Dancing” numbers are likely going to be inflated and come down when final numbers come in later Tuesday.
ABC and NBC tied for first in ratings, both with a 1.3 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary numbers.
ABC was first in total viewers with 8.2 million. Following the “DWTS” finale, “The Good Doctor” at 10 p.m. scored a 1.2/5 and 7.5 million viewers.
NBC was second in total viewers with 7.1 million. From 8-10, “The Voice” landed a 1.4/5 and 7.9 million viewers. At 10, “Manifest” put up a 1.1/5 and 5.6 million viewers.
Fox was third in ratings with a 1.1/4 and fourth in viewers with 4.8 million. At 8, “The Resident” earned a 0.9/4 and 4.5 million viewers. At 9, “9-1-1” hit a 1.2/5 and 5.2 million viewers.
CBS was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and third in viewers with 5.3 million. “The Neighborhood” at 8 got a 1.1/4 and 6.5 million viewers. “Happy Together” at 8:30 received a 0.9/3 and 4.7 million viewers. At 9, “Magnum P.I.” got a 0.8/3 and 5.3 million viewers. It was followed by an encore.
Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4/2.
Univision was fifth in viewers with 1.5 million, while Telemundo was sixth with 1.3
The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3 and in viewers with 982,000. At 8, “Arrow” settled for a 0.3/1 and 1 million viewers. At 9, ” DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” managed a 0.3/1 and 922,000 viewers.