The Voice and Dancing with the Stars premiered last night in competing timeslots, and here is how the ratings shook out.
The 2st season of The Voice kicked off on NBC with a final rating of 1.08 in the 18-49 key demo and 7.222 million overall viewers. Dancing with the Stars began its landmark 30th season on ABC with a .92 rating in the demo, and 5,466 million overall viewers. Meanwhile, NCIS on CBS with its .73 demo rating won in overall viewers with 8,450 million.
The Voice was slightly down in preliminary overnight numbers from its Season 20 premiere in March (1.1, 7.74M) and its Season 19 premiere in October 2020 (1.2, 7.96M). DWTS was also down from its Season 29 (1.3, 8.10M) and Season 28 (1.0, 8.00M) premieres.
The Voice and Dancing with the Stars both featured buzzy reasons to tune in. The Voice enlisted pop sensation Ariana Grande, easily the biggest star the show ever nabbed, to sit on the panel. Meanwhile, Dancing with the Stars casted JoJo Siwa who came out as LGBT earlier this year and paired her up with female pro, Jenna Johnson. The pairing is the first same-sex pairing in the show’s history.
The buzz didn’t seem to push either show ahead of previous season’s ratings. The Arianators must be watching their favorite singer online! Heh. But clearly, The Voice has won the ratings battle, at least for now.