The Dancing With the Stars May 11 episode could be ratings gold for ABC. Dancing With the Stars was No. 1 in ratings several weeks already this season, displacing American Idol and every other show on television. The oddity always seems to be that the Dancing With the Stars performance shows get so many more viewers than the Dancing With the Stars results show. In fact, during the week of April 19-25, the performance show garnered 21.1 million viewers, while the results show only received 13.6 million viewers. That’s more than seven million viewers that wanted to watch the dancing on Monday, but didn’t really care about the results on Tuesday. That’s a huge difference in ratings numbers, and had the performance show as the No. 1 show, but the results show as the No. 5 show during the week.
What Dancing With the Stars May 11th episode will try to do is maintain its strong ratings with fewer cast members and a tougher schedule to go up against. A couple of the main draws to this season of Dancing With the Stars on ABC were thought to be Pamela Anderson and Kate Gosselin. Now that both of those celebrities have been voted off the show, it will be interesting if the ratings stay this strong, or if the show fizzles a bit and loses viewers in the coming weeks. The biggest question currently is whether Dancing With the Stars can hold off American Idol another week, or if American Idol is ready to reclaim the ratings victory for the full season. American Idol seems to eat away Dancing With the Stars ratings on Tuesday’s, and we will have to watch and see if the gap widens this week.
Dancing With the Stars is down to five couples on the 2010 edition of the show, and that leaves the likes of Evan Lysacek, Chad Ochocinco, and Nicole Scherzinger to bring in the ratings. Of the celebrities remaining, Evan Lysacek has to be the most famous for his recent gold medal win at the Winter Olympics, and not many people really know the other two competitors (Niecy Nash and Erin Andrews). The biggest question about this show may be answered Monday night, and that will be whether people are turning in for the celebrities or the dancing, because the star-power has all been voted off this season. Will Dancing With the Stars beat American Idol again? Or is American Idol ready to take the throne as most watched show in 2010?
DWTS May 4 Results
April 19-25 Ratings
EW May 7 Issue