‘Dancing With The Stars’ to take Spring hiatus for 2019

Is there trouble in the ballroom?

Dancing With The Stars is taking a break for the Spring 2019 season, a stark change from the usual two seasons per year. TVLine first reported the news and multiple outlets have confirmed the show is not on ABC’s Spring schedule but is expected to return in Fall 2019.

The news follows a controversial 27th season, which was won by radio DJ Bobby Bones. Several celebrities who were considered front-runners were given the boot early on in the competition. Meanwhile, Grocery Store Joe and Bones, who both struggled to get high scores, went deep into the semifinals.

Obviously, the news of a break raises a couple of questions – are they revamping the show? Or, has DWTS run its course? Ratings for Season 27 were down by 32 percent in the all-important 18-49 demo as well as down 23 percent from a year ago. The season finale attracted just 8.4 million viewers, a new low for a fall finale.

And both celebrities and fans alike called on the show for changes to the voting system and a general overhaul of sorts. Maybe the year off will give showrunners time to update and reinvigorate the show. Could that include changes to the judges, hosts, and format? Watch this space for updates as they come.

Meanwhile, there is no news yet about a second run of the spin-off Dancing With The Stars: Juniors, which just wrapped its inaugural season on Sunday.

What changes do want to see made to Dancing With The Stars? Tell us in the comments below!


  1. The show needs fixing and this is the new producers’ way of dealing with it? I think they’re tell us that this is the beginning of the end for DWTS and that they’re throwing all of their support to that tired old show American Idol. If I were the pros, I wouldn’t promise to come back in thefall. Screw abc. Maybe another network could pick up the show and make the necessary changes to revitalize DWTS. It’s still got a strong fan base.

    1. Thanks for reading! I do agree the show needs fixing and badly. This was one of the worst rated seasons with one of the worst casts, in my opinion. I actually found DTWS Jr. much more entertaining than the regular version.

      Personally, I don’t see DTWS Jr returning for season 2 but DWTS needs to fix things. I feel a new judging panel and new twists to the format might just do the trick.

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