Spring in her step! Fresh-faced Bindi Irwin strikes a pose as she leaves DWTS …

17 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘American Ninja Warrior’ finale up in ratings; ‘Dancing With the Stars’ premiere steady.

The popular ABC reality competition “Dancing With the Stars” returned on Sept. 14, with celebrity contestants such as Bindi Irwin doing particularly well during the season premiere. The night also saw a good finish to the season for NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” and a soft landing for Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” ESPN was expected to win the night overall with its return of “Monday Night Football.” The opening game of the doubleheader (Philadelphia-Atlanta) averaged a 9.8 overnight household rating in the metered-market overnights, and the nightcap (Minnesota-San Francisco) pulled a 9.5. That’s the dream scenario Bindi Irwin, the 17-year-old daughter and figurehead of the Irwin family wildlife and entertainment empire, has allegedly shared with New Idea – albeit via one of the magazine’s much-loved “inside sources”. According to the source, Dancing With the Stars contestant Bindi “really wants Hugh Jackman to play Steve” because “she thinks Hugh is just like her dad in many ways – loved, dependable and internationally renowned.” Bindi’s mother Terri, who runs the Australia Zoo business on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in far north Queensland, as well as steering the media careers of both Bindi and 12-year-old son Robert, is reportedly in favour of the idea of making a biopic on the life of the man known around the world as the Crocodile Hunter.

Former Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter and his partner, Sharna Burgess, also received a score of 24 after they performed a cha-cha. “Braxton Family Values” star Tamar Braxton and her partner, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, were close behind with a score of 23 after performing a quickstep, as were “Big Time Rush” actor Carlos PenaVega and his celebrity partner, Witney Carson, with the same score for their performance of a jive. Next September 4 will mark the 10th anniversary of Irwin’s death from heart failure after being hit by a stingray barb while filming near Port Douglas. Crowe, who counted Irwin as a friend, reacted angrily to such talk, calling it “appalling” that he was being “accused of doing commerce over his grave … it absolutely disgusts me”. Bana had reportedly been approached by Irwin himself just months before his death, with the wildlife activist (and, some would say, tormenter) insisting that the star of Chopper should play him in any movie about him.

John Stainton, who directed much of Irwin’s TV work and his 2002 feature film The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, was quoted in November 2006 as saying that Irwin had approached Bana at an industry event in Los Angeles in January of that year with a proposal. “Instead of being sad every day of my life [over his death], I’m going to revel in the times we had together and celebrate Dad’s life and make sure his legacy continues.” Originals of CW’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall), “Whose Line Is It Anyway” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall) and “Significant Mother” (0.2/0 in 18-49, 0.5 million viewers overall) all matched last week’s repeat scores. Former judge Len Goodman departed before this season, so the remaining judges on the show are former contestant Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli. The show has often aired on both Mondays and Tuesdays, but this year, the second episode will not always happen and the second show of the week will not always center on the results of the competition. Tonight’s episode will reportedly expand on the Sept. 14 episode, going behind the scenes to see what happened as the contestants prepared to make their debut.

Ratings have stayed mostly steady for the reality competition over the last few years, though the season finale for the last season, which aired in spring 2015, was down in total viewers from the spring 2014 season finale and behind the spring 2013 season finale as well. Singers have also often done well, and Carter’s former band, the Backstreet Boys, often performed dance routines on tour and in music videos, so learning steps isn’t a new task for him.

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