Dancing With the Stars Ratings

Ratings: Dancing With the Stars Returns Steady, Ninja Warrior Hits Finale Highs

ABC’s Dancing With the Stars opened Season 21 on Monday night with 13.6 million total viewers and a 2.3 demo rating, on par with both its year-ago (13.6 mil/2.4) and spring 2015 (14.2 mil/2.1) premieres.

That said, ABC’s numbers are subject to adjustment due to local NFL preemptions.

Leading out of DWTS, that #DanceBattle thing did 5.7 mil/1.1, bleeding audience from half hour to half hour.

Elsewhere:

NBC | A historic American Ninja Warrior drew 6.1 mil and a 2.0, up 18 percent in the demo week-to-week and delivering the show’s best finale numbers ever.

FOX | So You Think Can Dance wrapped its hotly contested Stage vs. Street season with 2.4 mil/0.8, up a tenth in the demo week-to-week but down a good 40 percent from its previous finale.

THE CW | Penn & Teller (1.5 mil/0.5) and Significant Mother (530K/0.2) each dipped a tenth, while Whose Line (1.1 mil/0.3) dropped to a series low.

COMING NEXT MONDAY: The season premieres of The Big Bang TheoryCastleGothamNCIS: Los AngelesScorpion and The Voice, plus the series premieres for BlindspotMinority Report and Life in Pieces.