8:54am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Dancing With the Stars' Returns Steady, 'Ninja Warrior' Goes Out Strong
Dancing With the Stars looks to have returned with last fall's premiere audience more or less intact.
Though some local Monday Night Football preemptions will likely see the ABC show adjusted down a touch in final ratings, as it stands, the reality show is steady with the prior fall's premiere and averaging a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49. The audience, also likely somewhat inflated, stands at 13.6 million viewers.
The topical lead-in didn't much help special Dance Battle America. That pulled a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49.
And there was no shortage of dance options on Monday night. Fox said goodbye to another season of So You Think You Can Dance, pulling a steady 0.8 rating with adults 18-49.
The night's real winner, however, was NBC thanks to its three-hour American Ninja Warrior finale. Slightly lifted from last summer's ender, the episode crowned its first ever winner with a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49 — a three-tenths of a point improvement from last week.
The CW saw Whose Line Is It Anyway (0.3 adults) fall four-tenths of a point in between steady outings of Penn & Teller (0.5 adults) and Significant Mother (0.2 adults).