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The beat goes on: ABC renews 'Dancing With the Stars' for a 19th season
ABC dives back into 'Shark Tank' for a 6th season.
'The Bachelor' gets another rose from ABC, will return for a 19th season.

ABC renewed four reality series Friday, ordering additional seasons of "Dancing With the Stars," "The Bachelor," "America's Funniest Home Videos" and "Shark Tank." 

None of the renewals comes as a particular surprise. "Dancing With the Stars" will be back for a 19th season. Though it skews old and has seen its ratings dim in recent cycles, prompting ABC to reduce it to just one episode a week last year, the competition series remains a reliable performer for the network on Monday nights. Its most recent episode brought in 13.1 million viewers, and in terms of overall audience it regularly outperforms other non-scripted shows like Fox's "American Idol" and NBC's "The Voice."

Another reality stalwart, "The Bachelor," has earned another rose and will be returning for a 19th season. Though its most recent star, Juan Pablo Galvais, was anything but popular with fans, the series remains a hit with ABC's target female demographic, with the most recent season finale reeling in 11 million viewers.

The long-running clip show "America's Funniest Home Videos," hosted by Tom Bergeron, will be back for a 25th season. Returning for a sixth season is "Shark Tank," whose renewal was a guarantee. The business-themed reality competition continues to bring its ratings bite for the network. Its most recent episode brought in 5.84 million viewers in its 8 p.m. Friday slot, winning the hour with a 1.5 rating in the advertiser-prized 18-49 demographic. 

The shows join previously announced returning series "Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy," "The Middle," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Resurrection, "Once Upon a Time," "Revenge," "Castle," "The Goldbergs" and "Modern Family." 

Yvonne Villarreal contributed to this report.

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