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Ratings: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Settles for Its Smallest-Ever TV Audience for a Finale

Season 28’s Mirror Ball presentation ties for finale low in key demo, but will likely adjust down to a new record low

“Dancing With the Stars” Season 28 took a final bow on Monday, when the ABC dancing competition settled for a new low in total viewers among the show’s previous finales, putting up 7.7 million overall sets of eyeballs from 8-10 p.m.

For comparison, 2018’s Mirrorball Presentation scored 7.9 million viewers, putting this year’s finale -3% from the Season 27 closer.

Additionally, last night’s episode tied with the last two “DWTS” season finales for the show’s lowest-rated finale to-date among the key adults 18-49 demo, with a 1.1 rating. However, NFL preemptions in some local markets are inflating that stat a bit, so it will likely adjust down to a new record low when final numbers come in later Tuesday.

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Due to the nature of live sports, the below fast-affiliate Nielsen numbers for ABC and NBC should be considered subject to significant adjustment when final figures come in later today.

ABC, NBC and Fox all tied for first in ratings, each with a 1.0 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary numbers. Though an individual with knowledge tells TheWrap that tie should be broken in final numbers, with ABC dropping to third in Monday’s rankings.

ABC and NBC each had a 5 share, Fox had a 4 share. ABC was first in total viewers with an average of 7.2 million. NBC was second in total viewers with 6.4 million viewers. Fox was fourth with 4.6 million total viewers.

For ABC, “Dancing With the Stars” from 8-10 p.m. got the previously mentioned 1.1 rating and 7.7 million viewers, plus a 5 share. At 10, “The Good Doctor” had a 0.9/4 and 6.1 million viewers.

For NBC, “The Voice” from 8-10 p.m. put up a 1.2/5 and 7.7 million viewers. At 10, the “Bluff City Law” finale saw a 0.6/3 and 3.8 million viewers.

For Fox, “9-1-1” at 8 earned a 1.2/6 and 6.1 million viewers. At 9, “Prodigal Son” received a 0.7/3 and 3.1 million viewers.

CBS was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/3 and third in viewers with 5.6 million. At 8, “The Neighborhood” opened the comedy block with a 0.7/4 and 5.9 million viewers. At 8:30, “Bob Hearts Abishola” took a 0.7/3 and 5.7 million viewers. At 9, “All Rise” settled for a 0.6/2 and 5.1 million viewers. “Bull” at 10 got a 0.6/3 and 6 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.6 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 690,000. “All American” at 8 had a 0.2/1 and 720,000 viewers. At 9, “Black Lightening” closed primetime with a 0.2/1 and 660,000 viewers.