Add "Dancing with the Stars" (search) to ABC's list of hits.
The reality show averaged 13.5 million viewers in its Wednesday debut (9-10 p.m. EDT), easily winning the night and becoming the biggest summer-series debut since "Survivor" in 2000.
It also delivered ABC's biggest summer audience, in the 9-10 p.m. timeslot, since May 1996.
In the six-week series, professional dancers are teamed with celebrities like boxer Evander Holyfield and "Seinfeld" co-star John O'Hurley, trying to teach the stars how to ballroom-dance.
Each week, the couples will perform a live dance number — with viewers and a panel of judges deciding who's booted off the show based on their performance.
The judges are Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.
"Dancing with the Stars" is based on the British hit, "Strictly Come Dancing," which airs on the BBC and follows the same format.
"Dancing" continues a successful year for ABC, which underwent a ratings renaissance last season with first-year hits "Lost," "Desperate Housewives" and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."