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'Dancing With the Stars' no longer hopping for ABC

NEW YORK — The dance floor is thinning over at ABC.

Viewership is down for ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” franchise, which concluded its fall season on Monday with country radio host Bobby Bones as the new champion. He beat Disney star Milo Manheim, actress Evanna Lynch and model Alexis Ren.

The Nielsen company says that each episode this fall averaged 8.2 million viewers the night that it aired and for the week afterward, down 22 per cent from last year. The show was once a routine top 10 performer for ABC, but last week’s semi-finals finished out of the top 20.

In better news for ABC, the Rosanne Barr-less sitcom “The Conners” has turned into a solid prime-time performer.

The Associated Press