ABC honchos were so disappointed with Dancing With The Stars ratings this season, that, according to the New York Post, the dance competition may cancel its fall cycle, only running 1 season a year in the spring. Via New York Post
ABC may be passing on the paso doble for a while.
“Dancing With the Stars” is talking about airing just once each year, in the spring, a production source tells The Post.
“They have to figure something out,” the insider says. “Maybe change the judges. The show needs a total makeover.”
After 15 editions since 2005, the once-top-rated talent show took a beating in the ratings during its “All-Star” season, which ended last month.
The finale drew 16.7 million viewers — a huge audience by most TV standards, but down almost three million from a year ago.
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Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani won the most recent “All-Star” season.
Total viewership for the past season was off by 20 percent.
Running against the popular The Voice on NBC surely cut into DWTS ratings. DWTS will still air against the newbie singing competition in the spring. But perhaps turning the competition into a once a year event will bring in more viewers. The fickle public is bound to burn out on two cycles of The Voice a year.