'Gladiators' Stomps 'Dance War' Despite Dip

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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The premiere of NBC's "American Gladiators" endured a ratings dip compared to its Sunday night debut, yet it still managed to soundly beat the premiere of ABC's "Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann."

The one-hour "Gladiators" fell 19% to a 4.8 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49 on Monday night, making the show the highest non-sports program of the evening. The two-hour premiere of the "Dancing With the Stars" spinoff "Dance Wars" posted a 3.0 rating, down 53% from the "Stars" premiere last March.

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