“Dancing with the Stars” will be back at its old stomping grounds this fall. The long-running series will return to its usual Mondays-at-8 time slot for its 28th season, ABC announced Tuesday. It will lead into “The Good Doctor” at 10/9c as it’s done the last two seasons. An exact premiere date will be announced at a later time.
And despite Tom Bergeron‘s — and your — wish, the results show will not be back. That was all a pipe dream, really, since this is not shocking in the least; it’s been six years since we’ve had a “Dancing” results show, and dwindling ratings can’t really justify bringing it back, 30 minutes or not. ABC has also since launched a reliable second comedy block on Tuesday nights, which it’s continuing with next season with “The Conners,” “Bless This Mess” and “Black-ish” spin-off “Mixed-ish” leading into “Black-ish,” followed by new drama “Emergence.”
This will, of course, be “Dancing”‘s first outing since the controversial 27th season last fall, which may or may not have played a part in ABC sidelining the series this spring for the first time since it started its spring-fall rotation in March 2007 (“American Idol” is other reason). So needless to say, there will be lots of pressure for “Dancing” to come back with a bang in September.
It’s unclear if “Dancing” will be back on ABC’s spring 2020 schedule (“Idol” was renewed for its third go-around on ABC, which would air next spring), but in February, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said there had been “conversations” about “Dancing” returning to two seasons a year again.