Did Donny Osmond Cause 'Dancing with the Stars' Ratings Stumble?

"For one week at least, Donny Osmond was a big-time television star again," says a report from the Associated Press. The episode where Donny competed against Mya and Kelly Osbourne one last time on Dancing with the Stars' ninth season was the most watched show on Thanksgiving week, narrowly beating out new ratings powerhouse NCIS. The results show, where Donny took home the mirror ball trophy, came in third.

Of course, the necessary implication of the statement was that Donny Osmond is no longer a big-time television star. But other than this, it is that Donny helped boost ratings for Dancing with the Stars, something categorically contradicted by this season's finale ratings, the lowest in the show's nine-season history.

This is in stark contrast with last season, when jilted Bachelor star Melissa Rycroft brought along her much-hyped saga en route to the show's highest rated premiere in the show's history so far.

Did more people, then, tune in to see Melissa Rycroft then Donny Osmond?

The two's incomparable, but judging from the composition of the final three last season - a group of virtual unknowns (gymnast Shawn Johnson, actor Gilles Marini, and Rycroft) - and this season's relatively more recognizable names and surnames (reality personality Kelly Osbourne, singer Mya, and Osmond), it's easy to say that Osmond's charm and celebrity didn't do the trick.

Also, everything has been going up for Dancing with the Stars since Kristi Yamaguchi's season 6, with the ratings for Brooke Burke's season increasing by at least half a mil, a trend that continued to last season. So a stumble with such stable a star as Donny is hard to understand.

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