Seven is backing its variety reality series Dancing with the Stars for 2016 despite underperforming numbers this season.
A Seven spokesperson tells News Corp, “Another series of Dancing With The Stars was never in doubt — of course it is back next year.
“It is a reliable rater and it has a legion of fans. The US version is up to its 21st season and that is where we see the Australian series heading.”
The early renewal contrasts the show not worthy of a mention in last year’s 2015 Upfronts.
The US version of course has run twice a year since it began in 2005. The Australian series is actually older, having been the very first Dancing with the Stars in 2004, renamed from the UK’s Strictly Come Dancing.
The 2015 season has drawn its lowest ever ratings and attracted some comment surrounding new host Shane Bourne, moving the Live band from centrestage and the annual questions about the celebrity status of its cast. But it has also had to contend with The Voice and a later starting time.
Next week Seven has its first ever Monday grand final 6 days earlier than originally planned.