Ratings: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Premiere Waltzes to 14 Million Viewers

Dropped “Voice” still powers NBC to key demo win, ABC tops all in total audience


ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” twirled to 14 million total viewers on Monday, handing the network an all-in audience win. NBC topped the night in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demo with “The Voice.”

“DWTS” was up three percent from its fall premiere from a total eyeballs perspective, but down 17 percent in the main demo. Versus its more comparable Spring 2014 start, the dance competition fell by 23 percent among those 18-49.

“The Voice” dipped 13 percent in the ad sales demographic last night.

NBC was first in ratings with a 3.3 rating/10 share in the key demo and second in total viewers with an average of 10.1 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” at 9 p.m. earned a night-high 3.3/10 and had 12.2 million viewers. “The Night Shift” at 10 got a 1.5/5 and 5.7 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.9/6 and first in viewers with 12.4 million. The “Dancing With the Stars” premiere at 8 received a 2.0/7 and primetime-best 14 million viewers. “Castle” at 10 had a 1.5/5 and 9.1 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 1.4/4 and in viewers with 7 million. Sandwiched in between reruns, “Mike & Molly” at 8:30 had a 1.9/6 and 8.5 million viewers.

Univision was fourth in ratings with a 1.0/3 and fifth in viewers with 2.7 million.

Fox was fifth in ratings with a 0.9/3 and fourth in viewers with 3 million. Following a repeat, “The Following” at 9 received a 1.1/3 and 3.5 million viewers.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.4 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million. “The Originals” at 8 had a 0.6/2 and 1.3 million viewers. “Jane The Virgin” at 9 got a 0.4/1 and 1.1 million viewers.