When Season 21 of Dancing With the Stars premieres tonight, it will feature three celebrity contestants 60 or older. It’s another smart casting call by ABC execs, who are well aware that last year’s median age for DWTS viewers was 61.6.
Tom Bergeron loves hosting live TV shows. No surprise, then, to hear him rhapsodize about his upcoming emcee duties for A Capitol Fourth on PBS; it's a super-sized version of his thrill of choice.
When my daughter was a toddler, Barney the purple dinosaur was a hit. He seemed charming, at first - but years of all that gooey sweetness took a toll. By the time she was five, I started to crack, and one day, the "I Love You" song came on and I had to leave the room. Nowadays, it's Randy Jackson's "Yo" and that tired American Idol bit of the judges making like a contestant is going to get the axe, but then they don't really mean it - ha ha - giving me that old Barneyfied feeling. Is it Idol specific, or part of a general reality competition show malaise?
For years, I reckoned that those who longed for the so-called Golden Age of Television were really just yearning for a less complicated time, when there were two or three broadcast networks, everybody watched the same shows, and life was, well, as simple as black and white.
There's no getting around it - Dancing With the Stars' all-star season tripped on its way out onto the floor in its premiere week last week, with ratings for Monday night down 32 percent from last year, and a Tuesday night results show that was clobbered by NCIS (11.79 million total viewers compared with 20.48 million), despite the presence of heartthrob Justin Bieber. Add to this former contestant Hope Solo's accusation that the competition is rigged and it was a tough start for season 15.
"Dancing With the Stars" has stepped past NBC's "The Voice" in a big way, as last Monday's show averaged 17.6 million viewers compared to "The Voice's" 11.8. That's good news for DWTS fans, who may have been dismayed by headlines about the ABC dance competition opening to lower numbers than last season. It did, but no tears. The season-opener was still the second most-watched show of the week, behind only "NCIS." That is largely thanks to Grownup viewers. Of DWTS' total viewer number of 18.5 million for that premiere, 11 million were in the 55+ Nielsen category.
Imagine you were suffering from a terminal illness and a treatment could boost your immune system to help fight the disease. The drug would not be a cure, may extend your life by about 4 months and costs $93,000 per patient.
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