After nine seasons on the air, there are changes in the works for So You Think You Can Dance.
The summer reality show has aired twice a week since its second season, back in 2006. Judge, creator, and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has now announced that “#FOX have cancelled the results show so I will have to change the format of #SYTYCD. At least we have another season at the end of MAY.”
Lythgoe followed that tweet up with, “Don’t worry #SYTYCD fans. I’m thrilled we have a new series. We’ll do our best to find some great talent starting next week in Atlanta.” and then, “I’m certainly not mad at FOX they have supported #SYTYCD FOR 9 seasons. With the help of Mike Darnell I think we have some great new ideas.”
One follower told Lythgoe, “let the judges decide the first couple of rounds, some of us never watch results.” He responded with, “[PROBABLY WHY THEY CANCELLED.].”
Last summer, the results episodes of So You Think You Can Dance averaged a 2.1 in the 18-49 demographic and 6.364 million total viewers. The performance episodes did just a bit better with a 2.3 in the demo and 6.39 million. Those aren’t very different from the Summer 2009 numbers.
What do you think? Do you think this change is a mistake? Do you think running only one episode of SYTYCD a week will help or hurt the ratings? Was two installments a week too much?
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