|Dancing with the Stars Recent Premieres|
|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)
2.6 (3/17/14, vs. The Voice) (2.33 season avg)
This is another premiere in the "NOT vs. The Voice" category. The effect of facing The Voice is clear; though the last four seasons all had similar raw averages, the premieres that avoided The Voice were considerably higher. With The Voice teetering a bit, DWTS may take a smaller drop this year against full competition, but repeating the 3.2/3.1 tonight feels like a big ask. It won't have any competition as big as last year's Sleepy Hollow premiere, but finales for American Ninja Warrior and MasterChef may steal some unscripted eyeballs. I think the premiere is down a bit, but the fall eps hold up better.
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