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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DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) TONYA HARDING, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) TONYA HARDING
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin via Getty Images) ADAM RIPPON, JENNA JOHNSON
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) ADAM RIPPON
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) WITNEY CARSON, CHRIS MAZDZER
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) CHRIS MAZDZER
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) JENNIE FINCH DAIGLE, KEO MOTSEPE
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin via Getty Images) JENNIE FINCH DAIGLE
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) JAMIE ANDERSON, ARTEM CHIGVINTSEV
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) JAMIE ANDERSON
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin via Getty Images) WITNEY CARSON, CHRIS MAZDZER
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin via Getty Images) MIRAI NAGASU, ALAN BERSTEN
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin via Getty Images) MIRAI NAGASU
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin via Getty Images) JOHNNY DAMON, EMMA SLATER
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) JOHNNY DAMON
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin via Getty Images) LINDSAY ARNOLD, KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) JOSH NORMAN, SHARNA BURGESS
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) JOSH NORMAN
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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.

 

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