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Tyra Banks Reacts To 'DWTS' 2020 Ratings

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By Rebecca Cukier

Tyra Banks has shared her reaction to official viewing statistics for this year's premiere of "Dancing With the Stars." The 46-year-old model and host of the hit ABC series took to Twitter after its Monday night airing to share good news – while Tyra was slammed over her replacement of Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, the Sports Illustrated model kept up the positive vibes. And there was plenty to celebrate.

"DWTS" brought in the highest ever viewing since Season 25 in 2017. Check out what Tyra had to say below.

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Tyra Reacts Amid Backlash

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Per Deadline, Monday night's episode drew in a total 8.10 million viewers, ranking it a 1.3 in the adults 18-49 demographic. It was also top of the broadcast ratings for that night. Tyra's tweet read:

"I’m so excited to share that the ratings for @DancingABC premiere episode were up 30%! The crew and cast brought it and I thank them for their dedication and next-level fierceness in the ballroom - in front of and behind the camera! Woman dancing."

Unfortunately, for Banks, the backlash was marked.

Blasted As Replacing Tom Bergeron And Erin Andrews

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Twitter, seeing #DWTS shoot up to top spot virtually as soon as the premiere aired, also appeared to have its thoughts over Tyra taking up her hosting role. A vast number of tweets longed for the return of veteran hosts, 65-year-old Tom Bergeron and 42-year-old Erin Andrews, both of whom were ditched in July.

"Can Tyra please be the first one to be sent home?" a popular tweet read.

Another wrote that the "problem" with Tyra Banks was that "you've replaced the heart of the show," although the user did add: "Nothing against her."

'WAP' Request For Jeannie Mai

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As The Blast reported, one contestant found themselves especially popular ahead of the premiere. "How Do I Look?" star Jeannie Mai, who had posted a build-up and partner dance photo to her Instagram ahead of the airing, landed herself a request for a mid-performance "WAP" dance.

The photo, showing 41-year-old Mai's athletic physique as she struck a pose with her partner (face blurred out), sparked a user to write: ""Oh wow! That form! Who knew! Still crossing my fingers we get the WAP dance mid performance." And she replied.

"Keep trying the band just looks away when I ask😔."

Tyra On Being The First Black Female 'DWTS' Host

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Back in July, Tyra opened up on her thoughts regarding her upcoming hosting role. In particular, being the first black female "DWTS" host.

"I am excited about hosting and executive producing,' Tyra told "Good Morning America," adding: "Getting in there, live TV -- you never know what happens on live TV."

"I like breaking those doors down, so that we don't have any more firsts. But it's nice to be first, so that you can open that door and let so many other people in after you -- so I'm excited," she added.

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