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Monday Final Nationals: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Season Premiere on ABC is Prime Time’s Most-Watched Telecast

ABC and NBC split leadership on this Monday night.

Dancing With The Stars” returned to ABC for its 22nd season premiere and was the night’s top telecast in total viewers, besting NBC’s “The Voice” by 1.24 million. On the downside, however, the series drew a season-premiere low in viewers and adults 18-49.

Half-hours for ‬“Dancing With The Stars” were, as follows:

‪8:00-8:30 ‬
Household rating/Share: 8.2/14
Viewers: 12.524 million
adults 18-34: 1.2 rating/ 5 share
adults 18-49: 1.8 rating/ 7 share
adults 25-54: 2.6 rating/ 8 share

‪8:30-9:00 ‬
Household rating/Share: 8.3/13
Viewers: 12.758 million
adults 18-34: 1.2 rating/ 5 share
adults 18-49: 1.8 rating/ 6 share
adults 25-54: 2.7 rating/ 8 share

‪9:00-9:30 ‬
Household rating/Share: 8.1/13
Viewers: 12.512 million
adults 18-34: 1.2 rating/ 5 share
adults 18-49: 1.9 rating/ 6 share
adults 25-54: 2.7 rating/ 7 share

‪9:30-10:00
Household rating/Share: 7.8/13
Viewers: 12.036 million
adults 18-34: 1.2 rating/ 5 share
adults 18-49: 1.8 rating/ 6 share
adults 25-54: 2.6 rating/ 7 share

‪10:00-10:01
Household rating/Share: 8.1/13
Viewers: 12.546 million
adults 18-34: 1.2 rating/ 5 share
adults 18-49: 1.9 rating/ 6 share
adults 25-54: 2.7 rating/ 7 share

Not only did ABC outdraw NBC from 8-10 p.m. in total viewers, but from 10-11 p.m. as well: it was “Castle”, thanks to the “Dancing With The Stars” lead-in boost, over freshman drama “Blindspot”.

NBC placed first on Monday among key demos, especially in each half-hour in prime time.

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Programming Insider Monday, March 21, 2016
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 6.9/12 10504 1.0/4 1.6/5 2.3/6
8:00 Dancing with the Stars (p) 8.1/13 12458 1.2/5 1.8/6 2.6/7
10:01 Castle 4.3/8 6496 0.6/3 1.1/4 1.5/4
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 5.0/8 7801 0.8/3 1.4/5 2.0/6
8:00 Supergirl 3.9/6 5995 0.7/3 1.3/5 1.8/5
9:00 Scorpion 5.5/9 8648 0.8/3 1.5/5 2.3/6
9:59 NCIS: Los Angeles 5.5/10 8757 0.7/3 1.3/5 1.9/6
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 5.8/10 9470 1.5/6 2.4/8 3.3/9
8:00 The Voice 6.8/11 11217 1.8/8 2.8/9 3.8/11
10:01 Blindspot 3.8/7 5888 0.8/4 1.5/5 2.1/6
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 2.4/4 3854 0.8/4 1.3/4 1.6/4
8:00 Gotham 2.4/4 3887 0.9/4 1.3/5 1.6/5
9:01 Lucifer 2.4/4 3821 0.8/3 1.2/4 1.6/4
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 0.5/1 738 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.3/1
8:00 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 0.5/1 706 0.2/1 0.2/1 0.2/1
9:00 Jane the Virgin 0.6/1 771 0.3/1 0.3/1 0.3/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.1/2 1894 0.7/2
7:00 Un Camino Hacia El Destino 1.0/2 1900 0.7/3
8:01 Sueño de Amor 0.9/2 1643 0.6/2
9:01 Pasion y Poder 1.2/2 2150 0.8/3
10:04 El Hotel de Los Secretos 1.1/2 1870 0.7/3

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Monday 3/21/16

Dancing With The Stars” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.6/6
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 2.6/8
Men 18-49: 1.1/4

Castle” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 0.5/2
Women 18-49: 1.5/5
Men 18-49: 0.7/2

Supergirl” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.7/4
Women 18-49: 1.3/4
Men 18-49: 1.3/5

Scorpion” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.9/3
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 1.6/5
Men 18-49: 1.4/5

NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 1.5/5
Men 18-49: 1.2/4

The Voice” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 2.2/9
Men 18-34: 1.4/6
Women 18-49: 3.4/11
Men 18-49: 2.2/8

Blindspot” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.7/5
Men 18-49: 1.4/5

Gotham” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 1.2/4
Men 18-49: 1.4/5

Lucifer” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 0.8/3
Women 18-49: 1.2/4
Men 18-49: 1.2/4

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.2/1
Men 18-34: 0.2/1
Women 18-49: 0.2/1
Men 18-49: 0.2/1

Jane the Virgin” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.4/2
Men 18-34: 0.2/1
Women 18-49: 0.4/1
Men 18-49: 0.1/1

Better Call Saul” (AMC)
Women 18-34: 0.56
Men 18-34: 1.07
Women 18-49: 0.60
Men 18-49: 1.15

Bates Motel” (A&E)
Women 18-34: 0.61
Men 18-34: 0.32
Women 18-49: 0.73
Men 18-49: 0.47

Damien” (A&E)
Women 18-34: 0.18
Men 18-34: 0.04
Women 18-49: 0.27
Men 18-49: 0.13

Hit the Floor” (VH1)
Women 18-34: 1.20
Men 18-34: 0.30
Women 18-49: 1.08
Men 18-49: 0.24

Angie Tribeca” (TBS)
Women 18-34: 0.14
Men 18-34: 0.30
Women 18-49: 0.17
Men 18-49: 0.31

Full Frontal” (TBS)
Women 18-34: 0.26
Men 18-34: 0.35
Women 18-49: 0.23
Men 18-49: 0.35

The Fosters” (Freeform)
Women 18-34: 0.49
Men 18-34: 0.17
Women 18-49: 0.46
Men 18-49: 0.16

Recovery Road” (Freeform)
Women 18-34: 0.31
Men 18-34: 0.11
Women 18-49: 0.30
Men 18-49: 0.11

Cable Rankings – Monday 3/21/16
What follows are the top 20 most-watched shows in prime time on cable for Monday, March 21:


  1. WWE Raw” (USA, 8-9 p.m., 2.15 household rating): 3.466 million viewers (1.16 adults 18-49 rating)

  2. “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8-9 p.m.): 3.423 (0.35)

  3. WWE Raw” (USA, 9-10 p.m., 2.10 household rating): 3.416 (1.20)

  4. WWE Raw” (USA, 10-11:06 p.m., 2.05 household rating): 3.317 (1.20)

  5. “Hannity” (Fox News Channel, 10-11 p.m.): 2.533 (0.32)
  6. “The Kelly File” (Fox News Channel, 9-10 p.m.): 2.496 (0.27)

  7. “Love and Hip-Hop” (VH1, 8-9:01 p.m.): 2.413 (1.27)

  8. “Better Call Saul” (AMC, 10-11:04 p.m.): 2.105 (0.87)

  9. “Swamp People” (History, 9-10:03 p.m.): 2.064 (0.52)

  10. “House Hunters” (HGTV, 10-10:30 p.m.): 1.930 (0.43)
  11. “House Hunters International” (HGTV, 10:30-11 p.m.): 1.910 (0.48)

  12. “Stevie J & Joseline Go Hollywood” (VH1, 9:01-9:32 p.m.): 1.873 (0.95)

  13. “Election Special” (CNN, 8-11 p.m.): 1.801 (0.37)

  14. “K.Michelle: My Life” (VH1, 9:32-10:03 p.m.): 1.786 (0.91)

  15. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30-11 p.m.): 1.749 (0.84)
  16. “Teen Mom” (MTV, 10:00-11:02 p.m.): 1.746 (1.05)

  17. “Street Outlaws: New Orleans” (Discovery, 9-10:01 p.m.): 1.695 (0.69)

  18. “Tiny House Hunters” (HGTV, 9:30-10 p.m.): 1.556 (0.43)

  19. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10-10:30 p.m.): 1.466 (0.66)

  20. “Bates Motel” (A&E, 9-10:01 p.m.): 1.461 (0.60)


  • “Misfit Garage” (Discovery, 10:01-11:02 p.m.): 1.374 (0.52)

  • “Hit The Floor” (VH1, 10:03-11:03 p.m.): 1.320 (0.66)

  • “Tiny House Hunters” (HGTV, 9-9:30 p.m.): 1.284 (0.38)

  • “The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC, 9-10 p.m.): 1.231 (0.17)

  • “Wicked Tuna” (NGC, 9-10 p.m.): 1.008 (0.33)

  • “American Dad” (TBS, 8:30-9 p.m.): 0.958 (0.53)

  • “Billion Dollar Wreck” (History, 10:03-11:03 p.m.): 0.924 (0.27)

  • “Deadly Demands” (ID, 10-11 p.m.): 0.920 (0.22)

  • “Cake Wars” (Food Network, 9-10 p.m.): 0.891 (0.32)

  • “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo, 10:01-10:31 p.m.): 0.813 (0.32)

  • “Vanity Fair Confidential” (ID, 9-10 p.m.): 0.802 (0.18)

  • “The Fosters” (Freeform, 8-9 p.m.): 0.800 (0.31)

  • “The Magicians” (Syfy, 9-10 p.m.): 0.778 (0.32)

  • “Full Frontal” (TBS, 10:30-11 p.m.): 0.650 (0.29)

  • NIT Tournament Second Round: Georgia Tech @ South Carolina” (ESPN, 9:08-10:57 p.m., 0.46 household rating): 0.646 million viewers (0.21 adults 18-49 rating)

  • NIT Tournament Second Round: George Washington @ Monmouth” (ESPN, 7:00-9:08 p.m., 0.42 household rating): 0.585 million viewers (0.20 adults 18-49 rating)

  • “Angie Tribeca” (TBS, 9-9:30 p.m.): 0.536 (0.24)

  • “Damien” (A&E, 10:01-11:02 p.m.): 0.515 (0.20)

  • “Great Human Race” (NGC, 10-11 p.m.): 0.492 (0.18)

  • “Recovery Road” (Freeform, 9-10 p.m.): 0.491 (0.20)


Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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