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

Dancing With the Stars Ratings

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.