After airing for 30 seasons from 2005 to 2021 on ABC, Dancing with the Stars will officially be moving from broadcast television to exclusive streaming as it finds a new home on Disney+. The streamer has renewed the long-running competition show for two more seasons, making it the first live series to debut on a streaming service. It is expected to premiere in the U.S. and Canada sometime this fall, exclusively on Disney+.
Dancing with the Stars is a variety show that pairs celebrities with trained ballroom dancers to compete in themed choreographed dance routines. It is produced for a live audience by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm.
“Dancing with the Stars has entertained fans for 16 years on ABC, and we are excited to bring this beloved show exclusively to Disney+ as the platform’s first-ever live series,” Chairman of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, Kareem Daniel said in a statement. “The show’s broad appeal, as well as the overwhelming popularity of its Disney-themed competition nights, make Disney+ the perfect home for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ while continuing to expand our demographic reach.”
The show first premiered on ABC in 2005 and has grown into an international phenomenon. During its fall 2021 run, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars ranked among the top five unscripted series with Adults 18-49.