ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” Second Best in Primetime Ratings

Although 11.9 million viewers were glued to Tuesday’s season 14 dance contest as they awaited the first elimination of the new season, Dancing With The Stars ratings toppled just below the primetime winner, NBC’s NCIS, which weighed in with 14.45 viewers during the first hour of DWTS. However, viewers were more interested than first thought as the ABC elimination round of the popular dance contest won the second hour of the show viewer ratings at 14.69 million. The first hour of the show was only a recap of the first night, while the second hour was the first elimination with viewer tune in hitting the top slot to see who got toppled from the dance teams this week.

Long time tennis legend Martina Navratilova and partner, Toni Dovolani were the first to be ousted from the 14th season of DWTS. Surprisingly, the first week judging comments boasted adjectives like “beautiful,” “refined,” and “good job,” on her foxtrot. The second week jive contest was not so good to Martina as she lost her step on a speedy dance and had a hard time recovering, which hit her with the lowest score of the season. Landing at the bottom of the leaderboard for two straight weeks was more than the tennis star could survive with judges and viewer votes hitting rock bottom.

Not having the opportunity to recover after one misstep of a month of hard work in the contest was troubling to Navratilova after a lifetime of tennis making one bad shot and recovering to win the match. While it was not easy for Martina, partner Toni Dovolani commended her hard work as well as her willingness to work from the first day. Toni was shocked at the elimination thinking the audience would be behind them although the judges hit them with low scores.

Per co-host, Brooke Burke, and based on a combination of judges’ scoring and home viewer votes from the first two shows, the other couple still in danger and at the bottom of the pack behind Toni and Martina was singer Gavin DeGraw and partner Karina Smirnoff.  The couple finished in 10th place on the leaderboard with a combined 41 points. They earned only 21 points on their jive dance Monday night, one point ahead of Toni and Martina.

Looking at the other end of the spectrum, opera singer Katherine Jenkins and partner Mark Ballas, pegged out the leaderboard and finished up in 1st place with a two week score of 52. Their lively and dead on jive earned them 26 points Monday night.

Two couples are now tied for second place on the two week leaderboard with 49 points. The teams of Roshon Fegan, Disney Channel star, and partner Chelsie Hightower, and actor William Levy and partner Cheryl Burke are hot on the first team’s heels with 49 points each.

Next Monday’s performances promise to be another showstopper as the third week showcases the hard work and competitive edge of the teams when the 11 remaining season 14 Dancing With the Stars couples return to give it their all on April 2. Viewer voting results and the second season elimination will be released on Tuesday, April 3rd show.

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