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ABC Acknowledges 'Dancing With the Stars' Voting Problems

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 24th 2010 5:45AM
Jennifer Grey and Derek HoughSo many viewers voted after Monday's 'Dancing With the Stars' finale that they temporarily overwhelmed the show's voting system.

ABC has acknowledged that "a record amount of activity" had overloaded its online and telephone voting systems after Monday's show. In a statement, the network said that "Some viewers reported experiencing difficulties registering their votes for the 'Dancing With the Stars' finale, which affected each finalist equally."

The statement went on to say that as the issue was "promptly addressed," voting times were not extended. Viewer votes accounted for half of the contestants' overall scores toward the title.

There hasn't been this much attention surrounding the finale of a reality series since the debut season of 'Survivor' aired on CBS in 2000. Early seasons of Fox's 'American Idol' also led to huge numbers of viewers voting after performance episodes. According to deadline.com, the final Nielsen ratings for Monday show that 'Dancing With The Stars' posted the strongest results for a 'Dancing' performance finale in six seasons.

Almost 24 million viewers tuned in to watch the final performances (up 3.3 million from last year), and the show scored a high 4.9 rating in the coveted age 18-49 demographic. By contrast, the premiere episode of 'Skating With the Stars,' which aired right after 'Dancing,' hemorraghed viewers, ending up with 9.4 million and a steadily declining rating that sank from 4.4 in the first 30 minutes, to 1.4 in the last 30.

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Chicago

O-M-G!!! Why was Ricky's samba rated higher than JR's Argentine tango?!? That tango was the 'best' of them all! And no way was Rob K. and Cheryl better than Ricky and JR! What the heck is going on?!?

November 14 2011 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leah Schaefer

I thought DWTS was a DANCING competition, not a popularity contest. The voting system should be changed to give the professional judges more clout. It was ridiculous that Kyle and Sarah ended up in the finals when some much better dancers were eliminated earlier. How about 80/20 and 75/25?

December 01 2010 at 7:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hjhain

Voting irregularites have been common since DWTS debut. All of a sudden its flawed, blah-blah-blah.
The liberal progressive media cant handle the truth. EOS. BRISTOL should of won. She was the only non dancer. Jennifer grey/Brandy/even kevin from the disney channel have danced before. in one word GARBAGE

November 27 2010 at 11:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

Will you please give up the phony argument of Jennifer being an experienced or professional dancer? Almost 25 years ago, she danced in one movie. That does not make her a professional.

November 25 2010 at 10:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pat

I really enjoy the show but it is not very fair. The name of the show is dancing with the stars. Jennifer was a good great dancer but she danced before, while Bristle never did anything like that. I feel that if you are going to have 2 stars together then people who was never in show biz show not be on there. I other words it should be 1 dancer and a non performer

November 24 2010 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MMc

Jennifer should not have even been in the DWTS competition as she was ahead of the others by having been in Dirty Dancing and had to learn and practice for her part. It was not fair to the others. From the beginning you could see she was almost as good as the professionals. There was no contest!

November 24 2010 at 8:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Me Me

The general public should NEVER vote again since ABC will allow people like the Palins and their followers to step up and hijack the show and
make it go their way! The winners should be determined by the judges on the set and perhaps a small group of public judges.

November 24 2010 at 7:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
badass

Jen was the best, Kyle was a close 2nd, and yes Bristol was 3rd. you have to remember, this is the fans show, just like Idol and other shows. the judges are just there to give their opinion. all shows stay on cause of ratings. it really should have nothing to do with outside stuff. now, I'm having a BBQ, everyone is invited except Jen and Kyle, lol, kidding, just kidding. you all have a great Thanksgiving, yes everyone.

November 24 2010 at 6:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
badass

well, who can we democrats hate on now? it's not fair, we didn't have enough time to hate on Bristol, her baby, Sarah, tea party, etc. it's not fair.

November 24 2010 at 6:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kate

In the end talent won out over some people voting their politics so all is well that ends well. It would have been a disaster if the Palin girl won because she clearly wasn't in the same class as the winners, pun intended.

November 24 2010 at 6:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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