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”

Last Updated: May 1, 2018 @ 11:17 AM

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.