Ratings: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Premiere Leaps From Last Year

Weird episode including Ryan Lochte “security incident” is boosted in initial numbers by some NFL preemptions

Last Updated: September 13, 2016 @ 4:00 PM

“Dancing With the Stars” led ABC to an outright Monday win, though the below numbers will likely adjust down due to some local-market NFL preemptions. That shouldn’t change the Disney broadcaster’s position on the first-place podium, however.

NBC and “American Ninja Warrior” settled for second last night against the ABC competition’s season premiere. The “DWTS” Season 23 debut was a weird one, including a “security incident” in which a man rushed Ryan Lochte on stage.

ABC was first in ratings with a 2.2 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 11.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Dancing With the Stars” at 8 p.m. ET earned a 2.6/9 and 13.7 million viewers. At 10, the “$100,000 Pyramid” season finale received a 1.4/5 and 6.6 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.5/5 and in viewers with 5.1 million. The “American Ninja Warrior” season finale at 8 p.m. ET posted a 1.7/6 and 5.8 million viewers. At 10, “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” put up a 1.2/4 and 3.7 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.9/3 and in viewers with 4.5 million. At 8:30 p.m. ET, the network’s fall preview special had a 0.9/3 and 4.9 million viewers. Everything else on the channel’s primetime schedule was a rerun.

Fox and Telemundo tied for fourth in ratings, both with a 0.7/2. Fox was fourth in total viewers with 2.3 million, Telemundo was fifth with 1.7 million.

For Fox, the “So You Think You Can Dance” finale was the only show on the schedule, making those aforementioned numbers.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 1 million, running repeats.