There were certainly awkward moments and some less than smooth moves, but with Olympic champion Simone Biles, the legendary Charo, Nancy Kerrigan, just-engaged Bachelor Nick Viall and Mr. T among the celebs, the latest season opener of Dancing With The Stars (2.0/7) had a sure step last night.
Now, the two-hour DWTS wasn’t the night’s top-rated show — that went to a two-hour The Voice (2.4/8) — but the ABC competition series did have that rare Big 4 honor of actually rising from its last comparable debut. The Season 24 premiere of DWTS was up 11% among adults 18-49 from the Season 22 opener of March 21 last year, as well as being steady with its Season 23 debut of September 12, 2016. With Voice dipping 8% from last week, DWTS also closed the gap with its NBC rival – and was the most-watched show of the night with 11.94 million tuning in.
Having said that, the Comcast-owned net’s heavyweight plus its 10 PM lead-out Taken (1.0/4) secured NBC the top spot for the night in the key demo with a 1.9/7, compared with ABC’s 1.6/7. The Disney-owned channel took the viewership gold last night with 9.17 million watching, as a returning Quantico (0.8/3) was up a tenth among 18-49s from the fast affiliates of its last original February 20 when it had The Bachelor before it.
Despite the NBC demo win Monday, newbie Taken did not have a good night, with the series based on a certain big-screen franchise about a man with certain skills down 17% to hit a low. In fact, also hitting lows were Fox’s 24: Legacy (0.8/3) and the CW’s crossover-leaning Supergirl (0.6/2), which matched its season worst. CBS’ Kevin Can Wait (1.1/4), Man With A Plan (1.0/4), newbie Superior Donuts (1.0/4) and 2 Broke Girls (1.0/4) also dropped to season lows.
At least doing better than hitting a low, Fox’s APB (0.7/2), the CW’s Jane The Virgin (0.3/1) and the House of Moonves’ Scorpion (1.1/4) all stayed flat with their March 13 results.