dwts s16 premiere ratings TV ratings: 'Dancing With the Stars' premieres higher Monday, 'Biggest Loser' finale upFast National ratings for Monday, March 18, 2013

The spring premiere of “Dancing With the Stars” improved significantly on its fall debut, rising by 24 percent in adults 18-49 and 19 percent in viewers to help ABC win the night. The “DWTS” premiere also helped “Castle” score its biggest total audience of the season.

Elsewhere, the season finale of “The Biggest Loser” was up over last year for NBC airing opposite “Dancing.” The “Deception” finale also improved a little. The unscripted competition drove CBS’ comedies and FOX’s “The Following” down some, but “The Carrie Diaries” enjoyed a bump in adults 18-34 and 18-49 for The CW.

ABC averaged 14.9 million viewers and a 9.5 rating/15 share in households for the night, up 1.4 million viewers from the night “DWTS: All-Stars” premiered in September. CBS (8 million, 5.1/8) finished a fairly distant second. FOX took third with 7.2 million viewers and a 4.4/7, beating out NBC’s 6.1 million and 3.7/6. The CW (775,000, 0.5/1) trailed.

The Alphabet also led the adults 18-49 demo with a 2.8 rating. CBS came in second with a 2.4, and FOX and NBC tied for third at 2.2. The CW managed only a 0.3.

]]>8 p.m. ABC: “Dancing With the Stars” premiere (16.6 million viewers, 10.6/16 households)
FOX: “Bones” (7.3 million, 4.4/7)
NBC: “The Biggest Loser” season finale (7.1 million, 4.3/7)
CBS: “How I Met Your Mother” (7.35 million, 4.7/7)/”Rules of Engagement” (6.6 million, 4.1/6)
The CW: “The Carrie Diaries” (1 million, 0.8/1) 18-49 leader: “Dancing With the Stars” (3.0) 9 p.m. ABC: “Dancing With the Stars” premiere (16.9 million, 10.7/16)
CBS: “2 Broke Girls” (8.35 million, 5.2/8)/”Mike & Molly” (8.2 million, 5.1/8)
NBC: “The Biggest Loser” season finale (7.6 million, 4.5/7)
FOX: “The Following” (7.1 million, 4.3/6)
The CW: “Hart of Dixie” rerun (507,000, 0.3/0) 18-49 leader: “Dancing With the Stars” (3.1) 10 p.m. ABC: “Castle” (11.2 million, 7.2/12)
CBS: “Hawaii Five-0” (8.75 million, 5.6/9)
NBC: “Deception” season finale (3.5 million, 2.3/4) 18-49 leader: “Castle” (2.2)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable