Kicking off a week of previews and premieres, Monday night was a full house on the Big 4 and the CW. The first debut of the week was the Season 22 premiere of Dancing With The Stars (1.8/6) on ABC, with GMA’s Ginger Zee, America’s Next Top Model winner Nyle DiMarco and Marla Maples among the contestants. While closing the gap with a declining The Voice (2.7/9) over last year, the 8-10 PM danicing competition series had its lowest premiere ever last night among adults 18-49 in early numbers. While down from previous years, DWTS was still the most watched show on Monday’s primetime with 12.35 million total viewers.
Down 14% from its debuts in spring 2015 and fall 2015, Dancing With The Stars fell 25% from its Season 21 finale November 25 and 40% from The Bachelor season finale last week. The Season 21 and Season 20 debuts were the previous premiere lows for DWTS.
A small piece of comfort for the Disney-owned net could be that the Season 20 debut ended up adjusting up in the final numbers, but it would be quite the jump to make to surpass the 2.1/7 rating that March 16, 2015 show scored. DWTS lead-out Castle (1.1/4) was even with last week’s results.
Also running from 8-10 PM last night, The Voice took a 10% drop from its March 14 episode but still was easily the highest-rated show of the night. With an audience of 10.99 million, it was also the second-most watched. Lead-out Blindspot (1.6/5) was even with last week’s show as NBC won the night in adults 18-49 with a 2.4/8 rating. ABC was tops in total viewers with 10.45 million.
After the two heavyweights, most of the rest of Monday was pretty steady with the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (0.2/1) even with its March 14 episode and Jane The Virgin (0.3/1) up a tenth. Up against the DWTS debut, Fox’s Gotham (1.3/4) was even with last week as was Lucifer (1.24). CBS’ 8 PM superhero series Supergirl (1.3/4) matched its last show of last week. Lead-out Scorpion (1.5/5) was even with last week’s fast affiliates, which rose to a 1.6 in later numbers – as this one might. NCIS: Los Angeles (1.3/4) was another one of those shows that was even with its March 14 effort.