Heather Mills has helped US TV show Dancing With The Stars waltz to ratings victory.

Some 21.8 million viewers tuned in for the first instalment of the latest series of the reality show on Monday, making it the most-watched programme of the night.

Americans were so fascinated by Heather’s involvement that they flooded broadcaster ABC’s website with messages about Sir Paul McCartney’s estranged wife.

Some denounced her and said she should never have been picked, while others praised her decision to compete despite having only one leg.

It was clear that the show’s makers viewed the former model as one of their biggest draws. They kept fans hanging on by constantly suggesting she was about to dance, but Heather’s performance was actually the penultimate one on the two-hour programme.

The viewing figures were the show’s best ever for an opening night.
Dancing With The Stars is the second most popular reality show in the US, behind Simon Cowell’s American Idol.

Watch the video of Heather’s performance below.