Time to dust off the sequins and polish up that hardwood floor – Dancing With The Stars is back! The new cast was announced today, and it’s an interesting bunch, including singers (Gavin DeGraw, Gladys Knight), TV hosts (Sherri Shepherd, Maria Menounos), and former child stars (Jaleel White, Melissa Gilbert). Oh yeah. It’s gonna be a good season.
As this fan favorite enters its 14th season (has it been that long already?!), we wanted to check in and see how it has fared over the years. We know people love it (that’s a no-brainer), but are they still watching? According to TiVo data for the last five seasons, yes! In fact, DWTS has been (more or less) climbing in our season pass rankings since season nine, when it was number 20, to its current ranking of 14. As for our program rankings, the show has, for the most part, stayed steady. The show is ranked number five based on the premiere day of DWTS, as it was three years ago in season 9. In the years in between, it alternated between the top three spots. Not bad!
If that info wasn’t enough, our Twitter feeds tell a similar story, maybe even picking up a few new viewers? @Anthony_J: “Now that Donald Driver is dancing I guess I better add #DWTS to my TiVo lineup…” What about you? Will you be watching? Or are you all danced out?
Here’s a complete list of stars set to compete for the mirror ball trophy:
Jack Wagner, star of “Melrose Place” (pro partner: Anna Trebunskaya)
Melissa Gilbert, star of “Little House on the Prairie” (pro partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy)
Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers all-time leading receiver (pro partner: Peta Murgatroyd)
William Levy, telenovela star (pro partner: Cheryl Burke)
Sherri Shepherd, co-host of “The View” (pro partner: Valentin Chmerkovskiy)
Katherine Jenkins, opera star (pro partner: Mark Ballas)
Gavin DeGraw, singer (pro partner: Karina Smirnoff)
Martina Navratilova, tennis star (pro partner: Tony Dovolani)
Roshon Fegan, Disney star (pro partner: Chelsie Hightower)
Maria Menounos, TV host (pro partner: Derek Hough)
Jaleel White, URKEL! Star of “Family Matters” (pro partner: Kym Johnson)
Gladys Knight, music legend (pro partner: (pro partner: Tristan MacManus)