Ratings: Is ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ in big trouble?

The more the ratings come in for “So You Think You Can Dance,”  the more we worry about the show’s actual chances of getting a landmark tenth season. It’s a shame, too, since there really is no professional dance competition like it on TV.

Really, the problems for Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley, and company can be best summer up in two ways:

1. The format – Early on this season, there was some actual hope that this once-a-week airing was actually going to be good for the show. However, we don’t feel that way anymore. Really, it is depriving us of the chance to get to know the contestants as well, and the show is more forgettable on the schedule because of it. There are fewer dances, shorter introductions, and it just pales in comparison to the epic showdown between Melanie Moore and Sasha Mallory last season.

2. The layoffs – First, we had a week off for the Fourth of July; then, we had two weeks off for the Olympics. These breaks have given viewers the chance to go and sample other programming, and not all of them have come back. This season has felt very short as a result, and it was really even last night that we really started to get a feel for Tiffany Maher, a young woman who may now be the favorite to be the female winner.

Wednesday night the show’s ratings continued their downward spiral, as the show scored only a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and just over 4.1 million viewers. Granted, it was up against NFL football, but there will heavy competition next week on Tuesday courtesy of “The Voice” airing on NBC. We hope that more people do come back on the show next week, and this series really does deserve it: it’s fun, professional, and judged better than the majority of the other singing / dancing shows on TV.

Are you worried that this is going to be the last season for the competition? We want to hear your thoughts below! If you want to check out our full review for Thursday night’s episode, you can do so by heading over to this link.

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