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Ratings: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Premiere Sinks 31 Percent From Last Year

ABC competition series’ ”Athletes“ edition comes in second in time slot against NBC’s ”The Voice“

ABC didn’t win Nielsen’s Mirrorball Trophy on Monday, thanks to a slip in both ratings and viewership for its “Dancing With the Stars” premiere compared to last fall’s season debut.

The start of the Disney-owned broadcaster’s “Athletes” edition of the competition series lost in its 8-10 p.m. time slot against NBC’s “The Voice.” The win in that dance-off allowed NBC to take the lead in both the key 18-49 demo ratings and total viewers for the night.

The preliminary numbers for the network could slip a bit (further) when final averages are available, but for now ABC is settling for second place.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 7.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8, “The Voice” scored a 1.6/7 and 8.7 million viewers. “Good Girls” at 10 received a 0.9/4 and 4.2 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 0.9/4 and in viewers with 6.9 million. At 8, the “Dancing With the Stars: Athletes” earned a 1.1/5 and 8.5 million viewers. At 10, “The Crossing” managed a 0.5/2 and 3.8 million viewers.

CBS and Fox tied for third in ratings with a 0.7/3.

CBS was third in viewers with 4.6 million. At 8, “Kevin Can Wait” had a 0.8/4 and 5 million viewers. “Man With a Plan” at 8:30 posted a 0.8/3 and 4.8 million viewers. At 9, “Superior Donuts” took a 0.7/3 and 4.1 million viewers. Followed by a repeat of “The Big Bang Theory,” the premiere of “Elementary” at 10 settled for a 0.6/3 and 4.7 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in viewers with 3.3 million.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million. At 8, “Lucifer” saw a 0.6/3 and 2.8 million viewers. At 9, “The Resident” posted a 0.8/3 and 3.9 million viewers.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.13 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1.12 million. “Supergirl” at 8 managed a 0.5/2 and 1.5 million viewers. At 9, “iZombie” settled for a 0.2/1 and 720,000 viewers.