Dancing With the Stars did its best to deliver a strong season finale this week, but it still came up short of ratingsexpectations.
Dancing With the Stars just closed out its 27th season on the air, and its age is beginning to show. The series seems to have lost ground with viewers, who did not feel the need to tune in for this year’s competition. According to a report by The Wrap, Monday night’s finale was the lowest-rated season finale in the show’s history.
The episode managed a meager 1.3 Nielsen rating in the key demographics of adults ages 18 to 49. It had a totally of 8.6 million viewers — far below the hopes for big events like season finales and competition conclusions. By comparison, last season’s finale had also set a record low at the time, with a 1.4 rating and 9.2 million total viewers.
The show did tie ABC with its competition on NBC.
Well, well. The world now knows how Neil Patrick Harris feels about Dancing With the Stars. (Spoiler: not a fan). The 45-year-old issued a tart verdict following Bobby Bones’ win: “Dancing With the Stars just confirmed why I don’t watch Dancing With the Stars.”
It seems the DJ and his partner Sharna Burgess were just as surprised as viewers (they didn’t receive the highest scores from the judges), telling Entertainment Tonight: “We were shocked. You have to think about it, [when] we started the show, I had never danced before… I cannot believe we won.”
Bones was up against Alexis Ren, Evanna Lynch, and Milo Manheim, among others.
While some concurred with Harris’ assessment, including Andy Cohen, who wrote that “Milo got robbed!” others pointed out that it was “never” about “talent,” and that Bones was the fan favorite from the beginning.
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