Lifetime's 'Dance Moms' Returns to Series High of 2.8 Million Viewers

Dance Moms Lifetime - H 2012

Dance Moms Lifetime - H 2012

Dance Moms started the new year off strong. The Lifetime reality series, entering its third season Jan. 1, pulled in 2.8 million viewers.

The 90-minute premiere of Dance Moms, which stars demanding dance instructor Abby Lee Miller, jumped 33 percent from its June sophomore opener.  

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Among key demos, Dance Moms brought in 1.4 million viewers in adults 18-to-49 (up 27 percent) and 1.3 million in adults 25-to-54 (up 45 percent). In the network's sought-after female demos, the show pulled in 1.1 million women in 18-to-49 and just under 1 million women in 25-to-54 (up 41 percent).

Dance Moms' return was followed by a preview episode of new docuseries Double Divas, which pulled in 1.5 million viewers. Double Divas officially premieres Jan. 10.