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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Will No Longer Air on the ABC Network

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes about various topics including celebrities and entertainment.

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Disney announced on Friday, April 8, 2022 that Dancing With the Stars, the popular dance competition show will no longer be aired on the ABC network. When the reality show returns for Season 31, viewers will be able to see it only on a streaming service.

The show will be seen exclusively on Disney+ in the US and Canada. It’s the first live series to debut on that streaming service.

Kareem Daniel, chairman of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, says the move will help Disney+ “expand our demographic reach.”

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Disney+ is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. The streaming service distributes films and television series produced by The Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Television.

The paid streaming service has about 129.8 million subscribers. That is a tremendous increase in subscribers because it once had only 2 million subscribers. Now the service expects to get more subscribers after it announced that Dancing With the Stars can only be seen on that network when it returns for Season 31.

Reason "Dancing With the Stars" Is Leaving ABC

Dancing With the Stars has been on ABC for 30 seasons from 2005 to 2021.

The change is coming so ABC can offer some Monday Night Football games produced by ESPN in what used to be the Monday night time slot for the dance competition show. Disney owns a controlling stake in ESPN, with Hearst Television owning a minority stake in the network. Therefore, it's their choice.

ESPN-produced Monday Night Football games will be televised nationally starting later in 2022.

Payment Required to Watch "Dancing With the Stars"

It is good news for fans of Dancing With the Stars to know that the Walt Disney Company has announced that its popular reality-based competition show has been renewed for two more seasons.

The bad news for many longtime viewers is that viewers will have to pay if they want to continue watching their favorite professional dancers and their celebrity partners.

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So, how much will viewers have to pay to watch Dancing With the Stars?

It will cost $8 a month or $80 a year for Disney+ to be streamed on your television or smartphone. Those who subscribe will be able to see more than Dancing With the Stars. The service will also offer a large catalog of other film and television shows from Walt Disney Studios as well as from Pixar Animation, Marvel Studios, and 21st Century Fox. The streaming service can be bundled with Hulu and ESPN Plus, starting at $14 a month.

Will "Dancing With the Stars" Lose Viewers?

Fans have been hoping that Tyra Banks would not return to host Dancing With the Stars, but this latest news is even worse and costly.

Some people don't enjoy paying for streaming services when there are thousands of free shows available to watch on television. Besides, a lot of longtime fans of Dancing With the Stars had stopped watching the series after the firing of Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews in July 2020 and replaced with Tyra Banks as the solo host.

People who continued watching the show when Tyra Banks became the host are less likely to pay to watch when it airs later this year on a streaming service. Now they will have two good reasons not to watch.

In the short time since the news broke, the general consensus on social media is that people say they are not paying. Not one person so far has said it is a good idea. It is just the opposite. Almost all the commenters say they will not be watching the series on Disney+ because they think it is a bad idea.

One person says The Masked Singer will be her go-to entertainment instead of watching the streaming channel.

Besides, some of the favorite professional dancers are no longer with Dancing With the Stars. Ukrainian Maksim (Maks) Chmerkovskiy left the show after Season 25, and his younger brother Valentin (Val) Chmerkovskiy is thinking about leaving. Val was thinking about leaving before the war started in Ukraine. Now he and Maks are helping the refugees as much as they can.

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It is unbelievable that officials of ABC and Dancing With the Stars would make this drastic change. It is as if they don't want viewers to continue watching the show.

The rating for Season 1 was 22.36 million viewers. For Season 30, the rating had plummeted to just 5.64 million viewers. So, how does Disney+ think it can pick up more viewers? It might lose some of the 5.64 million viewers they still had at the end of Season 30.

This writer has watched the series since it debuted on June 1, 2005. She struggled to watch it the last two seasons with host Tyra Banks. She has decided that the show is not worth paying to watch.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

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