Bachelor in Paradise and Dancing With The Stars scrapped by Ten for next year

Ten’s Dancing With The Stars and Bachelor in Paradise – a spin off series which sees former The Bachelor and The Bachelorette contestants holiday in Fiji and attempt to find love –  will not air next year.

The formats were not mentioned in the TV network’s upfronts releases or presentation, with a spokesperson consequently confirming Dancing With The Stars, hosted by Ten personalities Amanda Keller and Grant Denyer, has not been renewed, and Bachelor in Paradise will be ‘rested’ next year but brought back for 2022.

Dancing With the Stars has been removed from Ten’s lineup

“We have decided to hang up our dancing shoes, lycra pants and sequinned jackets for the time being,” a Ten spokesperson said regarding Dancing With the Stars.

“We would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to all those involved in the show, in particular Amanda Keller and Grant Denyer, who were fabulous hosts, as well as all the judges, dancers, the stars and of course the crew.”

The show premiered to 593,000 metro viewers in February, and 635,000 tuned in for the winner’s announcement, with the finale brought forward amid COVID-19 restrictions. The finale competed against Nine’s Married At First Sight which had 1.161m metro viewers topped all three of the key advertising demographics – 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s.

On Bachelor in Paradise’s future, meanwhile, the spokesperson added: “We love all the excitement, drama and of course love that Bachelor In Paradise brings, but we have decided to rest it in 2021.”

Bachelor in Paradise won’t be seen on screens in 2021

Bachelor in Paradise’s third season premiered to 507,000 metro viewers in July, it’s lowest-ever launch, but head of programming Daniel Monaghan said he was “pleased” with the ratings because the episode “set social media ablaze and generated countless water cooler moments”.

In 2019, it premiered to 553,000 metro viewers, but rated best in the first season’s opener, which had 750,000 in 2018. The show usually airs earlier in the year, but was pushed back in 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19 on production.

The final moments of the finale, which aired just a few weeks later in early August, pulled 480,000 metro viewers, also the lowest finale result of the three seasons. The drama didn’t end at the finale though, with contestant Jamie Doran announcing plans to commence legal action against the network during the show’s run.

The Bachelor and Bachelorette will both return to Ten in 2021. As part of today’s upfronts presentation, the broadcaster also unveiled three new shows on next year’s slate: Making It, The Dog House, and First Inventors.

Ten boss Beverley McGarvey told Mumbrella the priority is a “consistent, fun schedule that our audience and our clients want”.


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