TV Ratings: 'Dancing With the Stars' Returns Low, Takes a Small Share of 'The Voice'

The Hollywood Reporter

The fight for Monday really heated up with the return of ABC's Dancing With the Stars. The veteran reality competition boosted the network from a low-rated season of The Bachelor, but it took a major hit going up against The Voice, according to fast affiliate ratings.

NBC's lineup, still victorious in the demo with a 3.8 among adults 18-49 and 10.1 million viewers, was at season lows against the new competition. The Voice dropped 13 percent for a 4.5 rating in the demo -- easily the strongest broadcast of the night -- and Smash tied its season low with a 2.3 among adults 18-49, down just one-tenth of a point.

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Dancing With the Stars returned with a 3.5 rating in adults 18-49. That's down just 13 percent from the fall premiere, but it marks a heavy 34 percent loss from the start of last spring's cycle and is the series' lowest-rated premiere. Dancing did manage to win among total viewers, averaging 18.5 million. Castle saw a boost from the stronger lead-in, growing 14 percent for a 2.4 in the demo. ABC tied with CBS for second place in the demo with a 3.1 rating for the night and the night's most viewers, 16.3 million.

CBS was all over the map, with losses at 8 p.m., gains at 9 and an even performance at 10. How I Met Your Mother tied its season low of a 3.4 among adults 18-49, with 2 Broke Girls down 11 percent for its series low of a 3.4 rating. Two and a Half Men and Mike & Molly both grew, notching a 3.8 and 3.2 demo rating, respectively, while Hawaii Five-0 was steady with a 2.5, winning its hour. The network averaged a 3.1 adults rating and 9.5 million viewers.

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On Fox, House dropped 17 percent to a 2.0 among adults 18-49 and Alcatraz lost another tenth of a point for a 1.5 demo rating. The network averaged a 1.8 among 18-49 and 5.4 million viewers.

The CW was in repeats.

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