DWTS Ratings Season 23 Premiere

Ratings: DWTS Matches Year-Ago Premiere, Ninja Warrior Up With Finale

The return of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars expectedly dominated Monday night’s ratings.

With NFL preemptions in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh markets — or 10.2 percent of the U.S. — now factored out, Season 23’s headline-grabbing (arresting?) opener drew 12.2 million total viewers and a 2.1 rating, up three tenths in the demo from its previous premiere and on par with its fall 2015 kickoff.

Leading out of DWTS, the $100,000 Pyramid finale did 5.3 mil and a 1.0, matching its previous Sunday telecast.

Over on NBC, the newly renewed American Ninja Warrior wrapped its season with 5.9 mil/1.7, up a tenth week-to-week, while Running Wild (3.6 mil/1.2) rose 14 and 20 percent with its finale.

Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance ended its little-watched, low-rated run with 2.3 mil and a 0.7, ticking up from last week.

Leading out of a Big Bang rerun (6 mil/1.1), CBS’ Fall Preview special did 4.9 mil/0.9.

NEXT MONDAY: The Voice, The Big Bang Theory, Gotham and Lucifer return; CBS’ Kevin Can Wait and NBC’s The Good Place premiere.