The So You Think You Can Dance series has been around since 2005 and its ratings have been in decline for many years. It appeared to be in danger of being cancelled at various times. Then, the pandemic hit, and this FOX show was off the air for nearly three years. Will the long hiatus or the changes at the judges’ table help renew viewer interest in the series or, will the numbers fall much lower? Will So You Think You Can Dance be cancelled or renewed for season 18? Stay tuned.
A dance competition reality TV series, the So You Think You Can Dance TV show is hosted by Cat Deeley. After a three-year absence, the show introduces a new judging panel with Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Matthew Morrison, and JoJo Siwa. The program features highly skilled dancers between the ages of 18 and 30, showcasing their talents in various dance styles, including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation, breaking, and more. Those who are selected to move on to the SYTYCD studio work with world-renowned choreographers and compete each week in a variety of styles, with new twists and turns introduced into the competition.
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For comparisons: Season 16 of So You Think You Can Dance on FOX (which aired in Summer 2019) averaged a 0.47 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 2.07 million viewers.
Note: These are the final national ratings, including all live+same day viewing and DVR playback (through 3:00 AM). Early fast affiliate ratings (estimates) are indicated with an “*”. While these numbers don’t include further delayed or streaming viewing, they are a very good indicator of how a show is performing, especially when compared to others on the same channel. There can be other economic factors involved in a show’s fate, but typically the higher-rated series are renewed and the lower-rated ones are cancelled.
What do you think? Do you like the So You Think You Can Dance TV series on FOX? Should it be cancelled or renewed for an 18th season?
I really didn’t like the voting format. The audience is too small.
Also the quality this year was lacking. Alexis and Keaton however were the best two dancers.
Was happy with the winner, she was outstanding. Not crazy about the fact that they made such a big deal about Keton being a straight male in dance (the other male contestants certainly had a sinking feeling inside at best). Jo Jo is too close in age and experience to be judging dancers at this level, and Leah, too much plastic surgery… You are physically unable to show any expression! Twitch is worth keeping around.
I hate the new season, I miss the old seasons, judges & format. This new season is rushed & sadly I don’t think the caliber of dancers is the same. I’d love to stream old seasons! I’m sure many fans would!
This season is TERRIBLE!! the format sucks and they were putting through dancers that was not good compared to other great dancers. JoJo’s judging is not up to par and alot of her comments are way too negative and not helpful. They should bring back Nigel and Mary, and bring back the original format so that the public has voting rights and we see more of the prior choreographers. If season 18 is like season 17, they’ll have one less viewer!
The contestants did not stand up to previous competition *at all*. I think it’s entirely plausible that 9 of the top 10 wouldn’t even make the top 10 in most if not all prior seasons. Maybe the judges felt compelled to be overly nice so conceal this fact, but it just made them look unqualified. I’m not one to rail against “woke” but at times it felt like the top 10 was chosen less on talent and more on inclusivity, which is totally unnecessary in a dance show. Like you, I won’t watch another season without improvement.
I also have always loved SYTYCD, this season was a huge disappointment. Keep Twitch and bring back Nigel along with anyone else but JoJo. She is knowledgable but lacks the maturity to be on a judging panel.
Bring back the ability for America to participate in the voting …hence the term “America’s favorite dancer!”
Also bring back some more of the experienced choreographers.
Make SYTYCD great again!!!!!
I have always loved SYTYCD, this season was lack luster. Leah Remani was a terrible choice for judge she knows nothing about dance! She is an actress who judged solely the emotion put into the performance instead the skill. Jojo siwa was very condescending to the contestants, she shows a very low level of maturity. I loved Twitch! Bring back sir Niles he knows what he is talking about. If the line up doesn’t change my family and I will not be watching season 18!
I have always loved sytycd. I think everything this season is so far below the standards of the past. Twitch is very knowledgeable and constantly shows the knowledge and skills he has gained since he first stepped on that stage, and how important experiening all aspects of dance are. I like Jojo, but not in the competition. That’s about as far as my positives can go. I don’t feel that the dancers are successfully being artistically stretched. I spot watch at best. I agree to bring in some young relevant judges, but tradition just seems to have been thrown out… Read more »
What in the name of PANDERING has this show become… seriously, no one went home tonight? No one mentions how horribly Beau performed. His technique was SO far below his partner and no one says a thing? I used to look forward to this show but I’m done.
If they are keeping this format it should be canceled the dancers are not very good, the choreography is mediocre, the judging is horrible and not having the home audience vote means who cares to watch.
Worse season EVER!2 I am so disappointed with the show this year. Jojo is just annoying. The show use to be about the dancers, guidance, support. Now all it is about is a fashion statement on judge row. No truth! no guidance! To me I find this year to be VERY FAKE!
Where are Nigel and Mary, Where are the good cinematographers? No no no! Out of shape dancers that gained the Covid 40!
Producers have accomplished the impossible: they’ve made SYTYCD boring. It’s gone from a unique, entertaining show to just another competition
Kinda like Regis Philbin hosting Hell’s Kitchen. I”m out.
WAS my favorite show-the changes are killing it-judges who lack credibility and dancers chosen for diversity instead of talent
My feelings exactly. I couldn’t have said it better myself.