Danc­ing With the Stars takes a tum­ble

Calgary Herald - - YOU - DAVID BAUDER

NEW YORK The dance floor is thin­ning over at ABC.

The Nielsen com­pany, which mea­sures tele­vi­sion rat­ings in the U.S., says view­er­ship is down for ABC’s Danc­ing With the Stars fran­chise. The se­ries wrapped up its fall sea­son on Mon­day, with coun­try ra­dio host Bobby Bones beat­ing Dis­ney star Milo Man­heim, ac­tress Evanna Lynch and model Alexis Ren.

Each episode av­er­aged 8.2 mil­lion U.S. view­ers the night that it aired and dur­ing the week af­ter­ward, down 22 per cent from last year’s av­er­age of 10.4 mil­lion, Nielsen said. The show was once a rou­tine top 10 per­former for ABC, but last week’s semi­fi­nals fin­ished out of the top 20. A fig­ure for Mon­day ’s fi­nale was not im­me­di­ately avail­able. In Canada, Danc­ing With the Stars has gen­er­ally per­formed out­side the top 30 for broad­caster City.

In bet­ter news for ABC, the Roseanne Barr-less sit­com The Con­ners has turned into a solid prime­time per­former. Its rat­ings don’t mea­sure up to last year’s Roseanne re­vival, but last week’s episode was the third most-watched com­edy on Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion, be­hind CBS’s The Big Bang The­ory and its spinoff, Young Shel­don.

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