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Solid Return for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ on ABC

CBS and Fox Sink to Series Lows

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MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 6.3/11, NBC: 5.7/10, CBS: 3.6/ 6, Fox: 2.2/ 4, CW: 1.1/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +83, NBC: – 7, ABC: -15, Fox: -19, CBS: -28

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Ratings Breakdown:
NBC, of course, is still the network to beat on Monday in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics) thanks to mainstay “The Voice.” But the return of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” episode No. 400, was still a force to reckon with at a dominant 8.3 rating/13 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m. ET. Comparably, this was 19 percent above the 7.0/11 for competing “The Voice” and just six percent below the 8.8/14 in the household overnights on the year-ago evening (also the spring season premiere). That 8.8 rating translated into 12.46 million viewers and a 1.8 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data (compared to 11.22 million viewers and a 2.8/ 9 in the demo for “The Voice,” which was on par year-to-year in the household overnights).

In other words, ABC can breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Despite the ample lead-in support, both “Taken” on NBC (#2: 3.2/ 6) and sophomore “Quantico” on ABC (#3: 2.4/ 5) at 10 p.m. lost considerable steam. Tops in the 10 p.m. hour was “Scorpion” on CBS at a 4.2/ 7.

CBS took a tumble opposite the battle of the ABC and NBC reality/competitions, with the 8-10 p.m. sitcom rotation – “Kevin Can Wait” (#3: 3.7/ 6), “Man With a Plan” (#3: 3.4/ 5), “Superiod Donuts” (#3: 3.3/ 5) and “2 Broke Girls” (#3: 3.0/ 5) – all at potential series lows.

Fox also stumbled, with both “24: Legacy” (#4: 2.4/ 4) and “APB” #4: 2.0/ 3) at series lows. Did anyone really think “24” would work without Kiefer Sutherland?

The CW capped off the evening with “Supergirl” at a 1.6/ 3 (#5), which more than tripled year-ago time period occupant “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” ().5/ 1), and “Jane the Virgin” (#5: 0.7/ 1), which, unfortunately, will never be more than just a critically acclaimed hit.

Here is the half-hour breakdown for Monday, March 20, 2017:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars” (season premiere): 8.5/14 (#1)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait”: 3.7/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.8/11 (#2)
Fox – “24: Legacy”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 1.6/ 3 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars” (season premiere): 8.3/13 (#1)
CBS – “Man With a Plan”: 3.4/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 7.1/11 (#2)
Fox – “24: Legacy”: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 1.5/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars” (season premiere): 8.4/13 (#1)
CBS – “Superior Donuts”: 3.3/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 7.1/11 (#2)
Fox – “APB”: 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Jane the Virgin”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars” (season premiere): 7.9/13 (#1)
CBS – “2 Broke Girls”: 3.0/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 7.2/12 (#2)
Fox – “APB”: 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Jane the Virgin”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Quantico”: 2.8/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 4.2/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Taken”: 3.5/ 6 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Quantico”: 2.0/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 4.2/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Taken”: 2.9/ 5 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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