Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:31 am
ABC’s three longest-running unscripted shows — along with one newcomer — will all be back for the 2018-19 season
The network on Tuesday picked up additional seasons of veterans “The Bachelor” (Season 23), “Dancing With the Stars” (Season 27) and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (Season 29). A second season of game show “Child Support” is also on the way.
Not on the list: “Shark Tank,” which wrapped its season two weeks ago. ABC hasn’t officially announced a renewal, but the show is holding open casting calls in the coming weeks, so a 10th season is pretty likely.
Ratings for “The Bachelor” were down considerably this season, falling by about 30 percent year to year to a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49. Nonetheless, it will finish the season as no worse than ABC’s second highest-rated unscripted show, depending how “American Idol” plays out. It’s also a top 5 show on the network as a whole.
The fall cycle of “Dancing With the Stars” averaged 1.3 in the 18-49 demographic; it returns for its spring run April 30. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” draws a 1.0 on Sundays and is the top network show for family co-viewing (parents and kids or teens together). “Child Support” earned a 0.7 in its Friday-night spot in January and February.