Just when we thought that reality competition shows might be slowly swirling down the drain in terms of popularity, in stepped NBC's toe-tapping World of Dance to prove any and all pessimistic assumptions wrong. Having just launched its big premiere last month, the Jennifer Lopez-produced series made an immediate splash, and NBC has not only recognized the success in the numbers game, but is also rewarding it by way of giving World of Dance a Season 2 renewal after just five episodes have aired.
Coming in the (heavily diagrammed) footsteps of such shows as So You Think You Can Dance? and Dancing with the Stars, NBC's World of Dance keeps its celebs behind the judges' table and shines the spotlight on the extremely talented contestants that signed on from around the country. And the wide variety of music and dances that get showcased likely plays a big part in why viewers are so eager to keep tuning in, as it's hard to know what to expect. The way the competition breaks down, there's a junior category for those under 17, there's a category for adults in sets of 1-4, and then a final category for larger groups. And within those, viewers will see performances embracing everything from pop-and-lock to ballroom to tap to rhythmic stomping.
And there are definitely enough viewers tuning in. World of Dance is currently averaging an amazing 2.8 rating in the key 18-49 age group demographic, and over 11 million people are tuning in weekly, when Live+7 delayed statistics are factored in. Considering the summer is the worst time of year for new TV, NBC is undoubtedly amped, since World of Dance's numbers easily make it the top new show of this mini-season. It's on top in total viewers and in the demo (for that 10 p.m. timeslot), and it's currently only behind America's Got Talent on the list of top entertainment series this summer.
You know the all-star judges likely have a bit to do with that. With Jennifer Lopez as the most notable name in the bunch both behind and before the cameras, World of Dance also boasts occasional Dancing with the Stars pro Derek Hough and R&B star Ne-Yo as the other two judges. Hosting is dancer and actress Jenna Dewan Tatum of Step Up fame.
NBC obviously hasn't set up a future premiere date for World of Dance Season 2 just yet, seeing as how Season 1 still isn't even half-over yet. And while we'll almost definitely see it returning in May 2018, it's entirely possible that NBC will decide to go two-cycles-a-year with World of Dance like it does with The Voice. So if the weekly ratings and viewership remains consistent, we might expect to see another batch of contestants showing up in November.
While waiting to hear more about World of Dance and the rest of your favorite reality shows, head to our summer TV premiere schedule to see what else is on the way.
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