The ratings for Dancing With the StarsSeason 14 may not have been gangbusters when compared to last year and previous seasons — but it's still doing better than the competition. DWTS and American Idol tape in the same studio and have a ratings rivalry that DWTS can only occasionally brag about.
They’re bragging about it today! As ABC touts in a proud new press release, Tuesday’s two-hour Dancing with the Stars Results Show won its two-hour time period in total viewers (17.5 million) and the all-important adult 18-49 demographic (3.2/9) to produce season-high numbers. It was the most-watched TV program of the night, topping the Tuesday finale of American Idol (14.4 million) by 3.1 million viewers (up from an 855,000 viewer advantage on the year-ago night). ABC bragged that they beat Fox’s Tuesday Idol closer for the second consecutive year — and DWTS Results Show is the only TV program to accomplish the feat.
According to Deadline, DWTS’s finale was up 45 percent in 18-49 and 33 percent in total viewers from last week’s Results Show to a season high on the night. However, DWTS was down 30 percent from last spring’s Season 12 finale and, like AmericanIdol, posted an all-time low for a finale.