There is still more news from ABC Thursday evening, this time of the no-brainer variety: Its flagship unscripted shows “Dancing With the Stars,” “The Bachelor” and “Shark Tank” will all be back in 2017-18.
There is a bit of previously unknown information in the announcement: “DWTS” will have two cycles next season, which likely means that it and “American Idol” will be on ABC concurrently in spring 2018. There had been some speculation that “Idol” might allow “Dancing With the Stars” to cut back to one cycle per season, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
The two “Dancing” cycles will be the show’s 25th and 26th. “The Bachelor” will be back for its 22nd attempt to find a well-matched couple and a few more stars to feed the larger BCU (Bachelor Cinematic Universe), and Friday anchor “Shark Tank” will enter its ninth season in the fall.
“The Bachelor” was ABC’s highest-rated series this season in overnight ratings with a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49. (It’s third in Live +7 ratings with a 3.1, behind “Modern Family’s” 3.8 and “Grey’s Anatomy’s” 3.5.) “Dancing With the Stars” draws a solid 1.7 when it airs on Mondays, and “Shark Tank’s” 1.2 makes it the top returning show on Fridays in the 18-49 demographic.
The three shows join this list of series renewed for 2017-18 and beyond.