Ratings: Dancing With the Stars Opener Stumbles Vs. Voice, Castle Rises, People Beats Beast

SuperheroPitting a season opener against The Voice for the first time since fall 2012, ABC’s Dancing With the Stars on Monday night drew 15 million total viewers and a 2.6 rating (per finals), down sharply from both its previous premiere (16 mil/3.1) and its year-ago launch (17 mil/3.2) — neither of which vied with NBC’s singing show.

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Leading out of Dancing, Castle got a lift — rising 18 percent and two tenths to 9.9 mil/1.8.

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THE CW | Leading out of a steady Star-Crossed (1.05 mil/0.3), The Tomorrow People christened its new time slot with 1.15 mil and a 0.4, on par with its most recent Wednesday outing, improving greatly on Beauty and the Beast’s spring finale (800K/0.2) and giving The CW its best Mondays-at-9 numbers since the December 2012 Gossip Girl series finale. #Dair #Chair

CBS | How I Met Your Mother’s antepenultimate episode (7.9 mil/2.9) added a few eyeballs and rose two tenths in the demo, but 2 Broke Girls (7.1 mil/2.2) fell 15 and 16 percent, Mike & Molly (7.6 mil/1.8) was flat, Mom (7.1 mil/1.8) dropped 15 percent and two tenths and Intelligence (5.3 mil/1.1) was down 20 percent and two tenths.

FOX | Bones (5.6 mil/1.4) dropped 15 percent and three tenths, while The Following (4 mil/1.4) slipped 18 percent and tenth to its third consecutive series low.

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NBC | The Voice (13.3 mil/4.1) rose four tenths in the demo, while The Blacklist (11.1 mil/2.7) was flat.

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