'Dancing with the Stars' premiere kicks up a win


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More than 22 million people tuned into see the karate kid and a girl from “next door” on Monday’s Dancing with the Stars, according to preliminary ratings. The premiere of the 12th season, which featured Ralph Macchio and Kendra Wilkinson, averaged a 5.1 rating/15 share in adults 18-49 — down 20% from last spring’s start on March 22 but still enough to help ABC win the night in viewers (19 million) and most demos, including persons 2-11 and persons 12-34. The kids came to the show! Should some credit go to Disney star Chelsea Kane?

Thanks to the swell lead in, Castle (3.3/9, 12.7 million) was up 18% from its last original on Feb. 28 — but we’d like to think our cover story helped and got more of you interested. Last night’s results could change when the finals come in this afternoon, so it will be interesting to see if Dancing ends up averaging more than American Idol. Last week, the Fox competition show averaged 22.5 million on Wednesday and 19.5 million on Thursday. Stay tuned.

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  • Barry

    Just goes to show that people will watch any crap.

    • Leanne

      I certainly do not view this as crap; the ability to dance is not something that everyone is blessed with. Most of these celebrities have no professional dance experience…some are not youngsters or may not be in great physical shape…. this makes these professionally choreographed dance routines exceptionally challenging to learn. Have you ever tried ballroom dancing? It is fun, great exercise & much more difficult than most realize. Rather than criticize the contestants; we should give them their props…they worked very hard & had tremendous courage to dance on national television.

  • Jethro

    I just don’t get why people look forward to watching these (alleged celebities) dance every week. It may be clean and harmless phone and to some entertaining, but what is funny is that they actually think they can dance.

    • Jethro

      OOOpps, “clean and harmless fun”

  • Jay

    I miss the days when primetime had actual television programs with actual scripts & actors.
    All the competition shows are literally driving me MAD. American Idol, Dancing with the has-been’s, X factor, Top chef, Survivor, Bachelor/Bachelorette, Amazing Race, Big Brother

    Aren’t you people sick of this crap YET?!?!?

    • Meli

      It’s not that people aren’t sick of them. Reality shows are cheaper to produce than a TV series. With the exception of the shows that have z-list celebrities on them, you don’t have to pay union wages to the contestants, and the z-list celebs get a basic scale. Unless or until the casts of some of these scripted series stop demanding a million bucks and episode in their contracts, either get used to the endless reality shows or start reading books again.

  • gbuddha2012

    Screaming man says, “kirstie alley… one very cool fat chick”


  • Dottie

    No, I’m not sick of them yet. Fun to watch – like to watch them set a goal, improve weekly, and accomplish something that I would like to do.
    My question to you is – if you don’t like them, and don’t watch, why waste your time posting a comment on this article? Are you that bitter that you spend your time posting negative comments? If you don’t like it, don’t watch, but allow those of use who do, enjoy these shows. Not that you would change my opinion anyway…

    • myra knoll

      Yes, go to sleep and let us watch what programs we enjoy.

    • Heather

      I agree! Nice comments, Dottie.

    • Jay

      I am bitter because there these competition “shows” are have saturated prime time TV (which is where all the money goes)
      As a result, There are fewer and fewer choices for those of us that like to entertained by an actual story.
      If you want to watch people dance, go to a dance recital.

      • Lola

        It’s just not as simple as that. If you’re upset with the abundance of reality shows (which I am NOT…love ‘em!) blame it on the high price of doing business. High actor salaries, price of production, competition of online entertainment options, etc. Advertising dollars pay the bills. So if reality shows garner the ratings, and they are cheaper to produce, it’s a win-win for networks. And honestly, there’s a lot of scripted crap on the networks.

  • Kate

    Yay Castle!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jimmers

    While I find reality television deplorable and an outright abomination, Dancing With The Stars is a guilty pleasure. (Thanks to my girlfriends iron grip on the remote) Bruno’s acrobatic vocabulary makes Charlie Sheen’s phrasing look utterly pedestrian.

  • myra knoll

    to Jay..then turn your ******tv off!

  • Andrew

    It was still up 1 million viewers from the fall premiere, which proved this show does not need someone like Bristol Palin.

  • jj

    Enjoy this cast more than the last cast.

  • Robin Flores

    I never miss dancing w/ the stars,i have watched it from the very beginning. Last nites was awesome everyone did one hell of a job. I love Kendra and Ralph those r my favs

  • Robin Flores

    I love dancing w/ the stars I never miss it cant wait until Monday

  • johnmaylives

    I usually love DWTS, but this seasons line up just doesn’t interest me at all. Don’t plan on watching this season.

  • Len

    Bristol was THE star of last season’s DWTS. By the last show she pulled in 0ver 5million new viewers & ratings wee up a wopping 25%, acording to ABC & the casting director.Bristol was fun to watch, a pygmalion for her instructor, antithesis of Hollywood, gracious, relatable & entertaining.

  • Kate Whitting

    As a person of a certain age, growing up in the era of variety shows i.e. Ed Sullivan, Carol Burnett, Sonny and Cher etc…and storyline television, such as, Dallas, All in the Family, Mash etc…with a selection of only three major networks, I find DWTS enjoyable. With the advent of cable channels, need we be reminded that there is something for just about everone to watch? I am compelled to address those who take issue with this show as a personal afront to their viewing pleasure or intelligence. The show may not be for everyone, but they seriously try to appeal to a broad audience with a wide variety of contestants from various fields. Those who challenge the validity of “stars” may want to brush up on their entertainment/sport history. Smith, Ono, Yamaguchi, Hamilton, Braxton, Bolton, Mel B, Poriskova, Grey, Alley and Hines etc…have all made significant strides in their respective industry’s. Most of the contestants have been at the top of their game, at one time or another. DWTS challenges one to step outside of one’s comfort zone and face one’s fears. As one who remains curious about life, I don’t find it difficult to find someone to cheer for. Possibly the handsome film/tv/soap star, aged beauty or person trying to get lose weight. I do wonder if those who express disdain for DWTS are afraid to step outside the confines of their own routine lives.

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