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'Dancing with the Stars' returns lower than ever

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The pre-season reality premiere slump continues with ABC’s Dancing with the Stars getting off to a modest start Monday night.

Dancing returned to a solid 13.5 million viewers and underwhelming 2.4 rating among adults 18-49. That’s down 23 percent from last year and marks the lowest Dancing fall premiere ever. C’mon viewers, are you excited about the Duck Dynasty girl? Or that YouTube star? Or that half of Cheech & Chong?  

Still, that demo rating was enough to win the night, beating the finale of Fox’s MasterChef (5.5 million, 2.0) down 17 percent from its most recent finale. Dancing also beat an American Ninja Warrior special (5.2 million, 1.8—and was actually super entertaining), down a notch from last January’s USA vs. Japan special. As well as CBS’ Under the Dome (7 million, 1.6), though Dome did manage to jump 14 percent from last week.