Disney has announced that last week’s episode of “Dancing With The Stars”, which had a ‘Whitney Houston Night’ theme, was the highest viewership of the latest season so far.
Hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro and Julianne Hough, the hit series pairs celebrities with trained ballroom dancers to compete in themed choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough.
According to The Nielsen Company, which is based on the preliminary National Live+3 Day Program and ABC Multiplatform+3 Day data, the ‘Whitney Houston Night’ episode pulled in 6.54 million Total Viewers and 0.98 rating among AD18-49 in MP+3.
“Dancing with the Stars” is the first series to simulcast across both ABC and Disney+ and new episodes are available to stream the next day on Hulu. Last year, the show moved to just streaming onto Disney+, which resulted in a drastic drop in viewership. Disney returned the show to both ABC and Disney+, which seems to have worked in pulling the audience back in.
On “Whitney Houston Night,” ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” shot up 20% over the prior week among Adults 18-49 (0.73 rating vs. 0.61 rating) and also grew week to week by 5% in Total Viewers (5.82 million vs. 5.56 million) to score new season highs in both Nielsen measures.
ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” ranked as Tuesday’s No. 1 show for the 2nd week in a row among Adults 18-49 (0.73 rating).
After three days of viewing on linear and streaming platforms, including Hulu and Disney+, “Dancing with the Stars” grew to 6.54 million Total Viewers to deliver a 5-week high and a 0.98 rating among Adults 18-49 to earn its highest-rated multiplatform telecast since its season premiere – since 10/10/23 and 9/26/23, respectively.
It’s unclear how many of those viewers watched live versus on demand.
Next week is the semi-final of the show, and the previous episodes are now available to stream on Hulu and Disney+.
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