Comic book superheroes are replacing the superheroes of the ballroom! That’s right, glitter fans: ABC decided to drop-kick the lower-rated results show of Dancing with the Stars on Tuesdays to make room for the new Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this fall.
Next week’s DWTS finale will mark the last Tuesday results show of the aging franchise, now in its 16th cycle. The results show has never been as strong as Monday’s performance show: This season versus last, the results show is down 11 percent in viewers to 13.68 million and 17% in adults 18-49 to a 2.4 rating/6 share.
“It doesn’t get more aggressive than that,” ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee told the press about opening up Tuesdays. “We want to focus (DWTS) in by taking the results show and building it into the two-hour block on Mondays to really drive viewership. We had very, very strong development this year so this allowed us to put S.H.I.E.L.D. on Tuesdays, which we think is a perfect place for that show.”
Sadly, Lee was mum with reporters about how the two-hour performance show was actually going to work as a results show, too. He wouldn’t address, for example, whether there will be fewer contestants or whether viewers will see a (much-needed) change with the co-hosting situation. But it’s not like the show will be flying blind: DWTS, which is produced by BBC Worldwide, started as a once-a-week show in the summer of 2005.
“I don’t want to jump the gun,” Lee said about the pending changes. “There are a number of great ideas.”
Lee did say that viewers will continue to play a role in the show, and that he’ll keep working on making the show more appealing to youths. “The critical thing is to nail down the casting,” Lee admitted. “We aged Bachelor down this year with spectacular casting, so as we focus on Monday we will focusing down Dancing with the Stars.”