One of the most popular shows on network television will soon have a new home. Dancing With the Stars has aired on ABC for 16 years. The show continues to bring in good ratings. Disney has decided to make a huge leap by moving DWTS to its streaming platform.
Deadline reported that DWTS will soon move to the Disney+ streaming platform. Seasons 31 and 32 will air exclusively this fall on Disney+ in the US and Canada. It will be the first live series on the service.
ABC affiliates were advised yesterday that Monday Night Football will take the time slot that DWTS has held for the past decade and a half. The time will also be used to develop and invest in future programming. ABC’s advisory might have come as a surprise to managers at affiliates across the country.
“After over 30 seasons of the program on ABC, including two spin-offs, Dancing with the Stars will move off of ABC this fall in order for the Network to showcase several Monday Night Football games as well as develop and invest in new and future programming.”
Monday Night Football will expand to three games in 2023. The game that will replace DWTS will be a network exclusive, while the others will air on the ESPN family of networks. The move follows an industry-wide trend of moving live programming to streaming networks.
Peacock recently added WWE. Apple TV+ is getting involved with football, as is Prime Video by Amazon. Moving a major hit show to Disney+ is intended to bring large numbers of subscribers to the service. Time will tell whether that effort is successful.
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