Dancing With the Stars Ratings Finale

Ratings: DWTS Ticks Up vs. May Finale

ABC’s Dancing With the Stars wrapped Season 21 on Tuesday night with 13.5 million total viewers and a 2.4 rating (per finals), up in the demo versus May’s Rumer/Val coronation (13.5 mil/2.3) though down 16 and 20 percent from Alfonso and Witney’s year-ago win (16 mil/3.0).

Opening ABC’s night, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving did 7.5 mil and a 2.2, tying NCIS for the scripted demo win.

Elsewhere in the ratings….

CBS | NCIS (16.2 mil/2.2), New Orleans (11.9 mil/1.6) and Limitless (6.5 mil/1.3) each shed some eyeballs plus one tenth in the demo.

FOX | Grandfathered (2.7 mil/0.9), The Grinder (2.3 mil/0.7) and Scream Queens (2 mil/0.8) all ticked down to season lows.

NBC | With The Voice (10 mil/2.1) taking its annual pre-holiday downturn (down 12 and 19 percent week-to-week), Chicago Med (7.6 mil/1.8) slipped 12 and 18 percent from its debut. Chicago Fire (7.3 mil/1.8) however dipped just 9 percent and one tenth.

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  1. JR says:

    Well, Tuesday numbers certainly help explain why Fox doesn’t want to talk about same day ratings. Abysmal. Even more dramatic given how much promotion Fox did for these shows, especially Scream Queens. It’s disappointing, I really like The Grinder, but Scream Queens just doesn’t work on any level.

  2. Boiler says:

    I agree JR I like the Grinder and Grandfathered. Watched Scream Queens once for who was in it and said no way. Fox, in its own way, in as much trouble as The CW

    • BrittBrat says:

      The CW normally has lower ratings then the Big 4 networks. It’s more of a network for teens and young adults. They actually have more successful shows than available time slots. Fox on the other hand needs to do something because most of their shows have really low ratings.

  3. Simon says:

    The Grinder is so good, wish more people were watching.

  4. GG says:

    Nielsen doesn’t count every household watching tv.
    People need to realize that if you are not a Nielsen family equipped with a Nielsen box to track what you’re watching, your vote or rating will not be recorded.
    Nielsen needs to find a way to fix this.