'DWTS' Ratings at All-Time Low Because No One Watches for the Dancing

Dancing With the StarsYou know, how out of the seemingly hundreds of seasons of Dancing With the Stars, this "all-stars" season was supposed to be the biggest and best of them all? It seems that it's shaping up to be just that, with the competition hot and heavy and full of talented folks who are giving it their all week in and week out. Unfortunately, hype that hasn't translated -- at all -- for the show's ratings.

The show tied its all-time ratings low last Monday night for a performance episode, and it's down 9 percent from last week. About 13.4 million viewers tuned in, and sure, that sounds like a crap ton of people, but that number is reportedly much smaller than the series usually delivers, according to Entertainment Weekly. They say that this is the show's lowest-rated season.

So, I guess the question remains: With all the talent this season, why ... why??

It could be a variety of things. Many fans most likely tune in to see new faces, or maybe people like watching contestants who aren't all that great at dancing at first, or maybe the "stars" are so good this season, it's hard to pick a favorite, or maybe they just aren't interested in seeing the same C-list celebrities dance again and again ... and again. Fans want the drama of the unexpected with the new contestants, after all! Also, DWTS airs at the same time as The Voice, which apparently more people are tuning in to at this time.

Who knows, perhaps DWTS is finally fading from its ratings high horse a la American Idol. It had to happen eventually, right? But it's not all doom and gloom, the show-producer-guys have plenty of options: They could try mixing up the judges' panel or try to bring in more relevant stars (yeah right, good luck with that) if this all-stars formula isn't working. They could stir up some fake drama or controversy, too. Or maybe the show's just getting really old and people are giving up on it and waiting for the next big thing.

And, with viewers rating the dancers based on likability over talent, plus a broadcast that certainly takes up a heck of a lot of one's time (you can't tell me they can't squeeze everything into a much shorter show), maybe this is the wake-up call producers need to give the contest a fresh take. Then again, 13.4 million viewers ain't too shabby, so it'll be interesting to see exactly what these "low" ratings mean to ABC and if they'll actually change anything at all.

As for now, we'll see who the ultimate "all-star" is at the end of this season and watch if the ratings continue to decline. Still, Tap-Dancing With the Stars, anyone? Or maybe just a show with Kate Gosselin, Kirstie Alley, and Bristol Palin ballroom dancing against each other? Hey, weirder things have happened ...

How do you think DWTS could reclaim its glory day ratings? Is it even possible?


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Carol-Ann LaMay Harvey

I haven't been as interested this year, because the dancing has gotten more vulgar and sexually suggestive. Peta and Gilles did a dance a couple of weeks ago that was embarassing. It just seems kind of predictable and boring to me. That's my opinion.

Donna Jane Green

i am watching....because of apolo...he is reason i got hooked on the show in the first place..

Rita Ann Serpa-Leid

We've been watching from day one this season; but, since dh's on nites, w/2nd job, we watch Tues. nite, then watch results!!  I ma getting a little tired of it though, so, depending on who dances next season, I'll watch, or maybe not!

It's been a fun ride, but, I think it's starting to lose some of it's "punch"!!  It's becoming more of a popularity contest, than a DANCE contest!!!!!  So, new 'stars' next season might jumpstart it!!

Lady Draven

i watch for the dancing i however do not like that the actual people who can dance are kicked off and those that can't still are on...i don't like all the drama that was one of the reasons i liked this show in first place...but i still watch...

Penny Breshears

IM A DIE HARD FAN OF DWTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I look forward to it all the time!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its exciting and entertaining!!!!!! I watch it over anything else, and DVr the rest! I too like the Voice but not as much as DANCING!!!!!!!!!!!

Lois Troutman

I am with Penny, I love the show no matter what!!!!! I love everything about the show!!!!I. I love the wonderful escape for a few weeks twice a year. I also love American Idol! I can't wait for the seasons of these two shows to begin! Those two shows are my two favorites. I hope there are many more seasons to come!

Norma Bergsted Luman

I also am a die hard fan of DWTS show. I also DVR The Voice, with today's technology there is no need to miss any TV show. I'm dissappointed with the judge choices made for Idol this year, but I will watch it for the first few weeks just to see how it goes. Keep up the Great work DWTS.

James Webster

I watch the show on HULU and am really enjoying the better dancing this season . I would like to see it broken into dancers and entertainers Where entainers like Kristie can preform and inspire and People who have tallent can display that . 

Go to circus sol a for talent 

nonmember avatar BJ

The Judges need to judge!!! Not the public who vote for their favorite celeb, NOT the best dancer. So it does get old watching the better dancers voted off. So Judges , do your jobs, change the voting process !!!!

nonmember avatar ladycb

Can be a lot of factors, personally I think this season could be affected by the election, people are worried or concentrating in the country oncoming elections. The voice is something new that people want to give it a try.

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