given that the folks on pbs were not celebrities...I think your analogy falls apart....
ABC made the modification to include B-list "celebrities" and have the audience participate because it was obvious that pure technical merit would not draw an audience for 6 weeks. That's all I'm saying. DWTS was a success largely because Kelly (and other modestly skilled celebrities) were there trying hard every week and people could vote for them. The ratings were NOT simply based on people's saying, "Oh you've gotta see John O'Hurley dance." :roll: