Disney has just shaken up the streaming world once again. In a stunning move, the company has decided to move its popular show Dancing With the Stars to Disney+ for seasons 31 and 32. The new season will debut this fall on Disney+ on both its US and Canadian platforms. It will be the first show to live-stream on Disney+ since the streaming service launched in 2019.
When the news was announced, Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution Chairman, Kareem Daniel, made the following statement.
“Dancing with the Stars has entertained fans for 16 years on ABC, and we are excited to bring this beloved show exclusively to Disney+ as the platform’s first-ever live series. The show’s broad appeal, as well as the overwhelming popularity of its Disney-themed competition nights, make Disney+ the perfect home for Dancing with the Stars while continuing to expand our demographic reach.”
For years, Dancing With the Stars has been filmed in front of a live studio audience by BBC Studios. Even though the show is moving to Disney+, BBC Studios will still be producing the show. After the announcement, the company made the following statement.
“The fact that our iconic global format Dancing with the Stars will now set the record as the first live series on Disney+ represents a major growth opportunity and a bold next step forward in the evolution of the franchise. This unprecedented move, combined with our two season pick-up, is a testament to the proven power of Dancing with the Stars and a resounding vote of confidence from our great, supportive partners at Disney, showing how much they value and believe in the brand.”
At this time, Disney has shared that in place of Dancing With the Stars, ABC would begin to air Monday Night Football games. The games originally aired on ESPN — which is owned by ABC. Disney also said that they would invest in future programming that will eventually fill the Monday evening time slot.
Dancing With the Stars has been struggling to maintain the high viewership numbers it once had, but it still typically ranks in the top 5 for unscripted series with adults aged 18 to 49. This past season saw the removal of long-time hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews — who were replaced by Tyra Banks. The move caused a lot of commotion since fans loved Bergeron and Andrews. Banks’ hosting has not gone over extremely well, but now that she is familiar with what the show needs, her second season could be more successful.
Disney has not yet announced a launch date for Dancing With the Stars on Disney+.