Hoping to end any lingering questions over the show’s voting methodology, ABC will air reality smash “Dancing With the Stars” two times a week when it returns next season.
Dancers — each couple pairs a celeb and a pro — will continue to compete in the weekly hourlong skein. But now, the week’s elimination won’t be held until the second episode of the week, a 30-minute “results” show.
Change in format will allow viewers to vote on their favorite dancers and for those audience tallies to be combined with the judges’ scores.
Questions over the show’s voting system dominated ABC’s TV Critics Assn. press tour session Tuesday featuring entertainment president Steve McPherson. Some viewers and reporters had expressed frustration that audience votes determining the show’s winner were tallied from the previous week’s performances.
“We heard their frustrations loud and clear about the voting process, so we’re adding the results show, letting them have the fullest possible participation,” McPherson said.
Addition of a second weekly episode is also a no-brainer for the net, given the show’s ratings. “Dancing” averaged a 5.1 rating/15 share among adults 18-49 during its summer run, as well as 16.8 million viewers — making it the most-viewed summer series since “Survivor” in 2000.