Fans of the original Dancing with the Stars TV show on ABC have long had a love-hate reaction to athletes who compete as celebrities. Because of their physical prowess and the size of their fanbases, some viewers believe celebrated athletes have an unfair advantage when competing against garden-variety actors and other “stars.” This time out, the Alphabet Network is introducing a new twist on the format for season 26, where all the contestants come from the wide world of sports. Will it score or strike out? Should Dancing with the Stars: Athletes be renewed for another season or just trotted out as an occasional special stunt? Stay tuned.
A competitive ABC reality TV series, Dancing with the Stars is hosted by personalities Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, while Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Ann Inaba serve as judges. Jenna Johnson, Gleb Savchenko, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe, Emma Slater, Sharna Burgess, Lindsay Arnold, Sasha Farber, and Alan Bersten are the professional dancers partnering with the celebrity athletes.
The sports figures competing are Adam Rippon (with Johnson), Mirai Nagasu (Bersten), Tonya Harding (Farber), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (with Arnold), Arike Ogunbowale (with Savchenko), Chris Mazdzer (with Carson), Jamie Anderson (with Chigvintsev), Jennie Finch Daigle (with Motsepe), Johnny Damon (with Slater), and Josh Norman (with Burgess). Each week, dancers will be eliminated, based on judges’ scores and audience votes. The last pair standing will take home the “coveted” Mirrorball trophy.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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For comparisons: The 24th cycle of Dancing with the Stars (Spring 2017) averaged a 1.63 ratings in the 18-49 year old demo and 10.48 million viewers.
Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.