Last night’s season one finale of Lifetime’s hit docu-series Dance Moms ended with a big finish, becoming the most watched episode of the season with 1.8 million Total Viewers, according to Nielsen Research.
Based on its season one success and growing demand among viewers, next Wednesday, October 12, at 10:00pm ET/PT Lifetime will air Dance Moms: Most Outrageous Moments, a one-hour special hosted by the series’ infamous dance instructor Abby Lee Miller re-visiting this season’s most talked-about highlights.
The most talked-about series this summer and Lifetime’s fastest-growing show, over the past four weeks, Dance Moms has averaged 1.7 million Total Viewers (up 70% vs. its debut week), 816,000 Adults 25-54 (+42%), 965,000 Adults 18-49 (+82%), 751,000 Women 18-49 (+81%) and 642,000 Women 25-54 (+47%). With a median age of 37, Dance Moms is Lifetime’s youngest skewing original program. Online, the Dance Moms site on myLifetime.com has attracted 1.25 million unique visitors, 2.5 million visits, 9 million page views and 9 million video views season-to-date, according to Omniture. Since its July 13th premiere, Dance Moms has been viewed by more than 60 million viewers across all platforms, including linear, online and VOD.
Last week Lifetime renewed Dance Moms for a second season, ordering 13 new episodes that will feature Miller, her world-class students, their mothers and all of the sequins, costumes and fiery catfights among themselves as they begin a new season of frenetic dance competitions.
Watch Episode 12 (There's Only One Star) here
Season 1: Episode 12 (There's Only One Star) Original air date: 10/5/11. Abby's dancers go from amateurs to professionals after being cast to perform in a Hollywood music video.
Dance Moms: Set in Pittsburgh’s renowned Abby Lee Dance Company, owned and operated by notoriously demanding and passionate instructor Abby Lee Miller, “Dance Moms” follows children’s early steps on the road to stardom, and their doting mothers who are there for every rehearsal, performance and bow … all under the discerning eye of Miller. About Dance MomsPresenting a powerful cast of characters sure to raise eyebrows, the series immerses itself in the highs and lows surrounding competition season to deliver an intriguing and dramatic look at the cast’s frantic pursuit of the ultimate National Dance title. Centered on the devoted Miller, who runs her school with an iron tap shoe as she instructs her young, talented students while also dealing with over-the-top mothers who go to great lengths to help their children’s dreams come true, “Dance Moms” will pose the tough questions many ask about what really goes on behind the scenes in the fast-growing and controversial sport of competitive dance.
Is Miller’s in-your-face approach good for her students, or is it too much? At what point does she cross the line, and who has the guts to stand up to her if she does? Are these “Dance Moms” living vicariously by pushing their kids too far? How happy are the students in this unusually competitive sport? What happens when they and their moms become competitive with each other? And, ultimately, who has what it takes?
Constantly on edge from Miller’s strict discipline and at times harsh “my way or the highway” style of teaching, her students and their mothers are pushed to the limit emotionally, physically, socially and, in some cases, financially as they tirelessly rehearse every day for weekly dance competitions throughout the U.S. Some students and mothers in Miller’s universe buy in to her methods, while others crack under the pressure. Either way, “Dance Moms” uniquely captures this outrageous and dynamic interplay among teacher, student and parent as Miller commits herself to bring out the best in those students — and mothers — willing to dedicate themselves to be part of one of the best dance teams in the nation.
“Dance Moms” is produced by Collins Avenue, with Jeff Collins (“Fly Girls,” “Outrageous Kids Parties”), Bryan Stinson (“High Society”) and John R. Corella (“Dance Flick”) executive producing, along with Rob Sharenow, Gena McCarthy and Kimberly Chessler of Lifetime Television.