Could “Dancing With the Stars” finally be losing its luster? Monday’s premiere of the long-running ABC competition series was down 32% from last year – and all this despite months of heavy promotion and an “all star” cast including Bristol Palin and Pamela Anderson.
It also finished well behind NBC’s younger-skewing “The Voice” in key demographics, but the news for “Dancing” wasn’t all bad: The show drew 14.6 million total viewers, versus 11.9 million for “The Voice,” easily making it Monday’s top entertainment draw.
It was also a good night for NBC’s scripted fare. NBC is betting heavily on “Revolution” to reverse the network's ratings fortunes, and so far the investment seems to be paying off. Coming off a strong debut last week, the J.J. Abrams-produced post-apocalyptic drama attracted an estimated 9.3 million viewers Monday night.
Even though it was up against returning dramas “Castle” and “Hawaii Five-O,” which both had their season premieres Monday night, “Revolution” managed to retain an impressive 85% of its audience. It was also the leader among the coveted 18-49 age group in its 10 p.m. time slot. It’s quite a different story from a year ago, when NBC’s lackluster Monday night lineup included the low-rated “The Playboy Club” and “The Sing-Off.”