Time for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ to Look in the Mirror(ball) Over Ratings Decline

On Monday, hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews split with the ABC series, which is going in “a new creative direction”

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” waved goodbye to hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews on Monday. That’s nothing compared to the number of viewers “DWTS” has bid farewell to over its remarkable run of 28 seasons — and counting.

When the dancing competition premiered in the summer of 2005, it averaged a massive 5.1 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and 16.799 million total viewers, according to Live + 7 Day Nielsen data. In comparison, last fall’s Season 28 averaged a 1.1 rating with 7.998 million total viewers.

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Tony Maglio

Tony Maglio

TV Editor • tony.maglio@thewrap.com • Twitter: @tonymaglio

Jennifer Maas

Jennifer Maas

TV Reporter • jennifer.maas@thewrap.com • @jmaas421