Live to Dance dies off with dismal ratings as kids ages 10 and 11 win $500,000

Paula Abdul’s CBS reality competition Live to Dance aired its season–and, let’s hope, series–finale last night, and the ratings were dismal: Just 4.81 million viewers watched, and the show had a .9 rating and 3 share among viewers 18 to 49, according to TV By the Numbers. That means less than one percent of people that age were watching; by comparison, American Idol had 23.67 million viewers and a 8.3 rating and 23 share in 18-49.

I won’t even pretend to have watched, but the Hartford Courant’s Roger Catlin did and reprots that the $500,000 prize went to a 10-year-old and a 11-year-old: D’Angelo Castro and Amanda Carbajales. They beat another 10-year-old, Kendall Glover, who got second place. But this wasn’t a kid competition; adult ballet dancers White Tree Fine Art came in third.

Correction: This story initially misstated the winners’ ages as a result of an incorrect report elsewhere; they are 10 and 11 years old.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.