Dancing with the Stars’ ridiculously boring premiere down 20 percent from last spring

Dancing with the Stars two-hour premiere last night was so boring just thinking about how to summarize it for this sentence makes me sleepy. Waiting two hours to watch Kirstie Alley have some fun dancing just isn’t worth it.

But not all viewers felt the same way; more tuned in during the second hour than in the first, and an average of 22.27 million people watched, making it easily the most popular show of the night. But TV By the Numbers reports that it was “down 20% from last year’s spring premiere” among adults ages 18 to 49.

That’s “the show’s lowest-rated spring premiere since Season 2 in 2006,” Deadline reports, but note that, compared with “the fall cycle’s debut, Dancing was flat” and thus just as popular.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.