Live to Dance: New Paula Abdul Reality Series; Cancel or Keep It?

Live to DanceCBS recently unveiled their Paula Abdul reality competition series, Live to Dance. Some have been waiting to see what Abdul would do ever since she left the judging table at American Idol. Will this new TV series be a big success like Idol or cancelled after on season, like so many others?

On Live to Dance, dancers from across the country and of all ages audition and then compete for the crown and a $500,000 prize. On the show, Abdul serves as lead judge as well as coach and mentor to the performers. At the judging table, she’s joined by choreographer Travis Payne and singer/dancer Kimberly Wyatt. The series is hosted by Andrew Gunsberg.

The reality series debuted on Tuesday, January 4th, with an okay showing — a 2.4 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic and 10.22 million viewers. The next night, viewership dropped nearly 25% to a 1.8 rating and 7.65 million viewers. Not a good sign. The third installment fell once again, to a 1.5 demo rating and 6.71 million. The most recent episode fell 33% in the demo to a truly horrible 1.0 rating and just 5.08 million.

Live to Dance is currently averaging a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and 7.41 million total viewers. In the CBS rankings, that puts it below low-rated Friday shows like CSI: NY and isn’t far above 48 Hours, the network’s little-watched Saturday night true-crime series.

In essence, Live to Dance is a ratings bomb and there would seem to be no reason for CBS to renew it for a second season. In fact, at this point, its very possible that the network could try to send it packing to Saturday nights — except reruns of crime dramas sometimes get better ratings than Live to Dance’s latest installment.

But, what do you think? Is Live to Dance worth saving or should it be cancelled? Can you think of any ways to fix it to attract more viewers?

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  1. Katie says

    I miss this show. Not only was it entertaining, and fun to watch, but it was a motivation and inspiration to aspiring dancers. Many people I’m friends with had planned on auditioning for the second season, but then it got canceled. For those dancers who were too young or too old to audition for So You Think You Can Dance, this show was the only alternative other than America’s Got Talent (which I don’t think is a very good show). I think they need to bring this show back!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Carleen says

    They didn’t advertise enough and I think they would get a better turn out of competitors now that people have seen the show

  3. Ron Liddle says

    In my opinion, “The Event” was the very best show of the season. Every Monday was a must!. PLEASE, PLEASE, bring back season 2.
    Thank you.

  4. Ph. says

    I tried watching it a few times and it wasn’t interesting enough to continue. I really hope they don’t replace 48 hours or CSI: NY with this show on Fridays and Sats because I love watching those crime shows, especially 48 hours!

  5. Leah says

    To be honest I never missed an episode of it! I love it. I was even thinking of maybe auditioning for the show myself. Really, I think Paula should move it to Monday night because of the fact that people have watched American Idol for all these years makes them want to watch that other than Live to Dance. Not me though, I actually hate American Idol now, Simon and Paula are gone so basically it sucks. Oh yeah, and before I forget I also think Simon should be an expert on Live to Dance and Paula should be a judge on The American X-Factor. Gotta love that SAULA!!! 😀 <33

  6. paul says

    what do want me to say……what were they thinking…..please end this show….maybe you might want to replace it….get 3 judges get some teenage contestants, do some bio’s we don’t care about..and lots of commercials….here’s some ideas, driving for dollars, drinking to get drunk, the biggest gainer, highest colestrol count, how about grandma’s that cheat…..i got 400 channels and can’t find something to watch………..

  7. Starla says

    I’m extremely sad to hear that CBS may cancel “Live to Dance!” All the judges were entertaining, professional, top notch. Paul especially was great! This show brought quality, good spirit, unpredictability. I would pay to see most of the dance acts. With so much crap on regular tv…can a family get one good live show?

  8. Waneta says

    I am so happy she is being cancelled She wants to be the whole show she is a has been Diva . I didn’t like her when she was young. She has some kind of problem she can’t sit still she has to get up and dance around like she did on American Idol. Get rid of her

  9. Karrie says

    The show was doing great, till she past a number with one red start the second week, and Twitch did make it that time, Twitch was the best number there.

  10. Chris Bennett says

    I enjoyed the show tremendously. Paula and the other judges were very professional. In addition, Paula did a great job with the dancers. The mature and younger contestants added flavor to the show. This is stage that all ages can participate.
    Scheduling the show for the same time with American Idol was not a very smart idea.

    This show will encourage youths and the mature contestants to have a positive forum. The contestants really seem to enjoy themselves.

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