DWTS Premiere Up In Viewership From Last Opener, Monday’s Most Watched Show

This is such good news!! Note too how Dancing With The Stars rated higher than both telecasts of American Idol last week which is telling. From ABC MediaNet

ABC was the most-watched network on Monday and took second in Adults 18-49. ABC marked its most-watched Monday since November (since 11/25/13), drawing its 2nd-largest audience on the night this season.

“Dancing with the Stars” (8:00-10:00 p.m. – 15.0 million and 2.5/7 in AD18-49):

Up against competition from “The Voice” and one of the final episodes of “How I Met Your Mother” on St. Patrick’s Day, ABC’s 18th season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” (15.0 million and 2.5/7) was up 6% in viewers and held even in Adults 18-49, compared to the last time that the show’s opener had to face “The Voice” in Fall 2012 (14.1 million and 2.5/7 on 9/24/12). The premiere of “DWTS” was the No. 1 most social broadcast series on Monday with 176,265 tweets.

Please note: Last Fall the show premiered prior to the start of the official season against much lesser competition and last Spring the opener faced “The Biggest Loser” instead of “The Voice” on NBC. Also with an additional minute to come into the mix this afternoon, “Dancing’s” numbers often adjust up in the National ratings.

•Gaining viewers from its first half-hour to its final half-hour (14.5 million to 15.5 million) to lead its 2-hour time-slot, “Dancing with the Stars” was Monday’s most-watched TV show, outdrawing NBC’s “The Voice” in head to head competition by 1.7 million viewers (15.0 million vs. 13.3 million).

•Among Adults 18-49, ABC’s “DWTS” (2.5 rating) was higher rated than both telecasts of Fox’s “American Idol” last week (2.4 rating on Wednesday and a 2.2 rating on Thursday).