According to the Washington Post, last fall’s Season 11 Results Show premiere nabbed 18.5 million viewers, thanks to rubber-necking fans hoping to see Sarah Palin in the audience. The producers even hired extra security for the set. That was the Results Show ratings record holder until this week. Before that, 14 million viewers watched the Season 10 premiere Results Show and Season 9’s first dumping got 13 million people to watch.
So DWTS is on fiyah with these steadily rising ratings. And no matter how upset fans get about the controversial stars on the show, this helps to prove that they only attract more eyeballs. And eyeballs = money.