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Primetime Ratings: ‘Dancing’ Opener Down, But ABC Wins the Night

ABC took top ratings honors Monday, riding the premiere of Dancing With the Stars to a 1.4 rating in viewers 18-49, and a 5 share. NBC was a close second at 1.3/5.

Dancing With the Stars posted a 1.7, down considerably from last year’s 2.6 season premiere. To Tell the Truth grew 29% to 0.9.

On NBC, the American Ninja Warrior finale fell 6% to a 1.5 and Midnight, Texas leaped 14% to 0.8.

CBS did a 0.7/3. It had repeated comedies before a Scorpion rerun.

Telemundo rated a 0.7/2, with El Señor de los Cielos at a potent 0.9.

Fox was at 0.6/2. So You Think You Can Dance took up all of Fox’s prime and was flat with last week.

Univision scored a 0.5/2.

The CW did a 0.3/1. It ran repeats of Supergirl and Whose Line Is It Anyway?.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.