Sara Evan’s Dancing with the Stars goodbye was the highest-rated regular episode yet

More people tuned in to Tuesday’s episode of Dancing with the Stars 3 than any other episode of the show ever, except for the season finales. The draw, of course, was the interview with Sara Evans, who quit the show last week.

The Washington Post’s always-entertaining and insightful Lisa de Moraes walks through the episode and its endless teasing of the interview with Evans, in which Evans said that she’d been working on problems with her husband, but said, “something happened. It was something personal and traumatic and hard for my children. Things went drastically downhill — 100 miles an hour.”

“By the time Bergeron got around to “interviewing” Evans, the crowd had grown to more than 23 million,” de Moraes writes. “That’s the show’s biggest night ever, excepting the Seasons 1 and 2 finales. The first-season finale edged it out by only 1 million viewers. And DeLay says ‘smut has no place on television’ — ha!”

Viewers Lap Up ‘Dancing’s’ Off-Screen Drama [The Washington Post]

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