|Dancing with the Stars Recent Premieres|
|3.5 (3/19/12, vs. The Voice) (2.98 season avg) |
2.5 (9/24/12, vs. The Voice) (2.26 season avg)
3.2 (3/18/13, NOT vs. The Voice) (2.29 season avg)
3.1 (9/16/13, NOT vs. The Voice) (2.16 season avg)
It's quite clear that The Voice's absence had a major impact on the show's last two premieres. Both seasons dropped roughly 25% (to a respective 2.4/2.3) the next week when The Voice arrived, and ended up averaging about the same number as the much lower-premiering fall 2012 season. And the franchise is much weaker in general than back when DWTS scored a 3.5 against The Voice in spring 2012. Since it's 18 months later, it's hard to see it exceeding that 2.5 from when it last premiered against The Voice in fall 2012.
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