Ratings: ‘Dancing with the Stars’ premiere plummets 31 percent from last year

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 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 ratings and viewers for the night.

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.

ABC was second in ratings with a 0.9/4 and in viewers with 6.9 million.

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

CBS was third in viewers with 4.6 million.

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.

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.