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Viewers Cautiously Return to Post-DeLay "Dancing"

One week after fractured feet 86'd controversial former House majority leader Tom "The Hammer" DeLay from ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," viewers celebrated by flocking to the dance competition's Tuesday results show in season-best numbers.

The night before, the DeLay-less Monday performance broadcast also saw a noticeable week-to-week uptick in audience.

All this has to have relieved ABC suits, who had watched "DWTS" lose substantial number of viewers each week this season, putting this edition on track to be the show's lowest rated since it was first foisted on the American public in the summer of '05.

Before this season started, show executive producer Conrad Green had boasted to TV critics about having cast DeLay this season, explaining "We very much wanted someone who was a household name, someone people had opinions about."

Because Green is a Brit, he maybe is not aware of this country's somewhat unusual relationship with its national political figures. As in "complete ignorance of."

Too bad no one at ABC pointed Green in the direction of that Diageo/Hotline poll The Los Angeles Times cited Wednesday -- a poll that had been taken back in 2006 when DeLay was much more of a front-page figure than he is now, and in which 24 percent of respondents said they'd never heard of the guy.

Because Green was not aware a large swath of the country does not know of DeLay's existence, he mistakenly assured the press that "half the country" would want DeLay to "fall on his bum" and "half is going to root for him" adding, gleefully, "politicians always polarize."

Mixed Martial Artist and Ultimate Fighting Champion, Chuck Liddell was the fifth dancer to be eliminated from the competition this season. He's the one who, every week, danced like Peter Boyle in "Young Frankenstein."

While this week's numbers do not put the show in the clear, ratings-wise, it's now pointed in the right direction and it still has time to recover.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  October 14, 2009; 7:59 PM ET
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de Moraes is consumed with Tom Delay. She wants so much to be like the really important folks at the Post and wade into the political side of life.

Perhaps if she can ding a Republican in her TV comments, perhaps she will get to set at the "Grown Up Table" come the Post's "Winter Holiday While Celebrating Diversity Party."

It will be interesting if she still finds a way to work Delay into a story. Perhaps we will see a story about TV's coverage of football, where we can her an insight into her feelings about Rush having tried to buy the Rams.

Posted by: TiminPhoenix | October 15, 2009 4:48 AM | Report abuse

I watched DWTS for the first time this season on Tuesday night only because I wanted to see Shakira. My decision to watch had nothing to do with DeLay.

I won't be watching the show again unless there is another good guest performer.

Posted by: ZebraLover | October 15, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

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