Dancing with the Stars: Spring 2011-12 Ratings (Mondays)

Dancing with the Stars ratingsHere are the TV ratings for the Dancing with the Stars performance shows. A dozen professional dancers (Karina Smirnoff, Peta Murgatroyd, Chelsie Hightower, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Mark Ballas, Tristan MacManus, Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, Tony Dovolani, Val Chmerkovskiy, Anna Trebunskaya, and Kym Johnson) partner with 12 celebrities (Gavin DeGraw, Donald Driver, Roshon Fegan, Melissa Gilbert, Katherine Jenkins, Gladys Knight, William Levy, Maria Menounos, Martina Navratilova, Sherri Shepherd, Jack Wagner, and Jaleel White) to compete for a title and a pretty ugly trophy. The 14th season of Dancing with the Stars typically airs Monday nights at 8pm and Tuesday nights at 9pm on the ABC network.

These are the TV show’s ratings for the 2011-12 season, the best way to tell if Dancing with the Stars is going to be cancelled or renewed for season 15. Check out our ABC ratings report card to see how this show’s numbers compare with the others on the network.

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Final Monday averages: 3.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 16.95 million total viewers.

Monday, 05/21/12
2.9 in the demo (+12% episode-to-episode change) with 16.84 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.97 in the demo with 16.95 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 13 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

UPDATE: Dancing with the Stars was renewed for the 2012-13 season.

Monday, 05/14/12
2.6 in the demo (-4% episode-to-episode change) with 15.79 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.98 in the demo with 16.96 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 13 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Monday, 05/07/12
2.7 in the demo (-4% episode-to-episode change) with 16.37 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.02 in the demo with 17.11 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 13 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Monday, 04/30/12
2.8 in the demo (-13% episode-to-episode change) with 16.20 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.07 in the demo with 17.21 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 13 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Monday, 04/23/12
3.2 in the demo (+10% episode-to-episode change) with 17.62 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.12 in the demo with 17.38 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 13 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Monday, 04/16/12
2.9 in the demo (-3% episode-to-episode change) with 16.65 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.10 in the demo with 17.33 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 13 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Monday, 04/09/12
3.0 in the demo (+3% episode-to-episode change) with 16.39 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.15 in the demo with 17.50 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 13 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Monday, 04/02/12
2.9 in the demo (-9% episode-to-episode change) with 16.87 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.20 in the demo with 17.87 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 13 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Monday, 03/26/12
3.2 in the demo (-9% episode-to-episode change) with 17.96 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.40 in the demo with 18.38 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 12 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Monday, 03/19/12
3.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 18.79 million total viewers.
Season average: 3.50 in the demo with 18.79 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 12 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

It wasn’t a great start this time around. ABC has more serious competition on Monday nights than ever before and the ratings reflect that. Compared to last spring’s DWTS debut, ABC was down by 34% in the demo (vs a 5.3 rating) and down by 18% in total viewers.


Reference point: The Spring 2010-11 season’s performance shows averaged a 4.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 21.76 million viewers.

Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you like the Dancing with the Stars TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a 15th season?

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7 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Tha Critic says

    An 18 million viewer-debut for this season is considered to be a bad start? Are you freakin’ kiddin me? Numbers like that are the reason why this CRAP is still on the freaking air.

  2. ceela says

    Show is so done. If it continues, need new co-host. So tired of Brooke Burke always referring to herself, and is so boring..

  3. jody ronco says

    Just loved the first show of the DWTS season 14 but I have a concern.
    I think I detected Maks favoring his left thigh in the earlier part of his performance. It was in a similar pose as when he and Kirstie fell in their routine. I sure hope not. He is a big reason I watch the show.

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