ABC revealed in December 2018 Dancing with the Stars would unfortunately not be returning in early 2019, but network executive Karey Burke has confirmed the series will definitely be back later this year, Entertainment Tonight reported.
The network's decision to delay the next season of Dancing with the Starsseemingly stemmed from the fact Season 27 of the reality dancing competition averaged about 20 percent fewer viewers than the previous year's average.
The hiatus for 2019 also didn't come as much of a surprise given ABC is faced with the same issue they had in Spring 2018, when the network chose to air an abbreviated four-week "athletes edition" due to The Bachelor and American Idol's heavy broadcast schedule.
The Bachelor is currently airing its 23rd season in Dancing with Stars' usual Monday-night time period through March 11, and Deadline previously reported American Idol will air episodes on both Sunday and Monday nights once The Bachelor concludes. (American Idolpremieres Sunday, March 3 on ABC).