A more interesting lineup of contestants - and a week's head start on NBC's rival The Voice - helped Dancing with the Stars jump by more than 2 million viewers from last fall's launch Monday night. And the first new show of the season, Fox's Sleepy Hollow, was off to a strong start.
Dancing, with contestants including Valerie Harper and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, drew 16.2 million viewers for its 2-hour opener, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings. That's up from 14.1 million last year, when it aired a week later. (Still, it fell from the 17.1 million start for the most recent edition in March.)
And after the season opener for Bones (7.8 million), Sleepy Hollow, scheduled for a shortened fall run, claimed 10.1 million, doubling the turnout for last year's Mob Doctor debut on the same night, which also followed a Bones premiere. It ranked as Fox's biggest fall drama debut since 2006.
Elsewhere on network TV, CBS's Under the Dome finished its 13-episode first season with 11.8 million viewers, its biggest turnout since Week 2; the season finale of NBC's American Ninja Warrior drew 4.2 million, down from last week; and the windup of faux reality show Siberia, which followed, claimed 2.2 million.