Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi became the third woman in a row to get ousted from 'Dancing With the Stars" Monday night.
The "Jersey Shore" star finished a respectable eighth place but like Christina Millan a week earlier, she probably should have finished higher. But apparently, Bill Engvall's Blue Collar fans are keeping him in the running despite the fact he is by far the weakest dancer remaining.
Snooki did well, averaging a 25 score from the judges over eight dances, tying her with Millan and ahead of survivors Leah Remini and Engvall. She received 9s across the board from the judges for her samba last night but that didn't keep her from going home.
Currently, the top three dancers from the judges' scores alone have been Amber Riley of "Glee" with actors Corbin Bleu and Elizabeth Berkeley not far behind. All three have dance experience prior to the show, which is clearly helping them. Both Riley and Bleu pulled in 29s last night.
When I handicapped the show early in the season, I thought the guys would all go quickly save for Bleu but I have been gravely mistaken. Perhaps the older female skew of the audience may also mean they have been throwing more votes to the men.
The show itself is holding up over the weeks, averaging about 13 million viewers with a 2 share 18-49. It has the oldest average viewer among all the reality competition shows at 62.1 years old, according to Nielsen data compiled by Brad Adgate of Horizon Media. In comparison, the average age of "The X Factor" is 49.8, "The Amazing Race" is 56.3, "The Voice" is 49.5, "The Biggest Loser" 50.2 is and "Survivor" is 54.4.
In fact, 'Dancing With the Stars" is the second oldest skewing show on broadcast TV this fall, just barely ahead of "Blue Bloods" on CBS.