'Dancing with the Stars': Ratings down with Kate Gosselin gone

gosselin-papersImage Credit: Adam Larkey/ABCLove her or hate her, Kate Gosselin certainly helped to jack up Dancing with the Stars’ stellar ratings this season. Now the question is whether her absence could help to bring those numbers down. Last night’s telecast provided some indication that viewers are definitely drifting from the dance floor: The performance show posted its lowest ratings of the spring among adults 18-49 (4.3 rating/12 share), down 10 percent from last week and down 20 percent from its prior average (5.4/15). To be fair, the performance shows had already been posting week-to-week losses in the demographic since the show kicked off earlier this year with a 6.4/17. So typical erosion, not just Gosselin’s departure, may be partly to blame for last night’s lows.

DWTS still won its time period from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in total viewers (20.2 million) and adults 18-49. It was Monday’s most-watched TV series for the sixth week in a row. ABC also won the night in viewers (14.5 million).

Meanwhile, the second outing of ABC’s Romantically Challenged (2.7/7 in 18-49) dropped 7 percent from its premiere last week. Averaging 10 million viewers, the sitcom starring Alyssa Milano still boosted ABC’s performance in the time slot by 11 percent in total viewers and 23 percent among adults 18-49 compared to last year’s Surviving Suburbia.

Fox won the night among adults 18-49 and key male demos, thanks to originals of House (10.6 million) and 24 (9.2 million). CBS aired mostly repeats of its comedies, while an episode of Rules of Engagement posted its lowest ratings ever among adults 18-49 (2.4/7). On NBC, an original episode of Chuck only garnered a 2.1/6 in the demo (5.98 million viewers) while the season finale of Trauma trailed with a 1.6/4 (5.3 million).

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  • firstie


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  • orville

    I’m liking it a lot more now that she’s not there to, as Len would say, “muck things up.”

  • dgh

    Wow you want a cookie for being first???

    • Ceballos

      firstie can have one of Niecy and Louis’ cookies.

  • Lola

    I was so hoping that the ratings would be higher this week. Hating her is not going to make her go away. It’s when people stop caring about her that she will finally lose her stranglehold on those 15 minutes.

  • cndn610

    okay, so there’s no way to say it has anything to do with Kate, rather it’s a typical erosion in the ratings. Why is this then news? All I know is I enjoyed it more as a fan of the show, not Kate, now that she is no longer “dancing” and she has taken all her drama back to Pennsylvania.

    • marie

      It probably has more to do with people like myself are watching House which is back with new shows rather then watching DWTS. Although I’m sure Kate will think it’s because of her if someone like EW thinks it. lol

  • Sarah

    Can you please post actual viewers for Chuck instead of this 2.1/6? I have no idea what that means.

  • dt

    maybe no one wants to watch now cause the show has a professional dancer and ice skater(dancer on ice) competing and we know who the last two standing will be…big shocker…

    • Jeanne

      I totally agree!!

      • EP Sato

        100% agreed. Two professional dancers on the same season’s a bit lame. Meanwhile, Chad Ochocinco works his kiester off every week and gets the hate from the judges. In a normal season he and Erin Andrews would be aces. This season they are in the middle of the pack.

        BTW, anyone else annoyed when the announcer says “Carrie Anne Anaba”?


      dt, you need to get your facts straight. First of all, figure skating is not ice dancing. Completely different skill sets and maneuvers. Secondly, Evan is an amateur, not a professional.

  • Bibi

    I’m only watch for Evan. The rest bore me and the judges love fest for Nicole is ridiculous. Reading that Derek was being tacky again just made me glad I didn’t stick around to watch.

  • Angie

    What about FOX??? What did House get???

    • guest

      “Fox won the night among adults 18-49 and key male demos, thanks to originals of House (10.6 million) and 24 (9.2 million)”<— got directly from the article

  • susie

    I am so glad she is gone…she was horrible…she was miserable, I hated that she was crying all the time “oh poor me” she always acted like she was a poor victim. Good riddance, I enjoyed it so much last night!

  • Glory

    I tried to watch this season (after sitting the past couple out. And I WILL say I tuned back in because of Kate.) But after Nicole got 10’s in the SECOND episode, I remembered why I had given up on DWTS. The show used to be about watching “celebrities” (and I use the term loosely….hence the “quotes”.) gradually gain confidence in their ability to dance and get better week after week. Now they throw in people who actually dance for a living and call them amateurs.

    • Ella

      Although I have kept watching the show, I agree with you. I said at the beginning that if they wanted to do a season with more experience dancers, that would be cool. But to have Niecy and Kate on with Nicole is unfair. It doesn’t help that I think Nicole is a diva…

  • nikkido

    The dip had nothing to do with kate, but had to be because a new episode of Chuck was on. A much better choice.

  • Rich

    The best show yet was when she got the boot. All this woman does is use her poor children as a way to gain fame and fortune. How can you even call her a “star”?

  • Pat

    A lot of people watched the show waiting for her to leave. They were not fans of the show or of her. GOOD BYE!!!

  • B

    Pat- I dont think people were watching waiting for her to leave… that doesnt make any sense.. If they werent fans they wouldnt watch

    • Pat

      Not true.

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