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Reality shows make splash as they return to air

The Associated Press, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 1:53pm (PDT)

NEW YORK (AP) — Two popular reality shows are making a splash upon their re-entry, and a new one has had a strong debut.

The Nielsen company says that a new episode of "Dancing With the Stars" premiered on ABC last week before 17 million viewers, just behind CBS drama "NCIS" as the week's most popular program. It was down to 14.5 million Monday night, facing competition from the return of "The Voice" on NBC.

"The Voice," with Usher and Shakira as new cast members, premiered its spring season before 13.6 million on Monday. It promises a healthy rivalry with Fox's "American Idol."

ABC's diving show "Splash" reached just over 9 million viewers.

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