Someone go back and check, but when I was ranting about Kim Kardashian being on DWTS, I seem to recall saying she wouldn't last long, and she didn't. As a person who never watches the show, I must plead some ignorance, but from what I understand the viewing audience calling in decides whether or not someone stays or goes for the most part. So, why on earth would you think Kim Kardashian would get votes from people when her claim to fame is doing porn and an awful reality show that is on a cable network that not every person in the US even gets.
DWTS demographic is skewed way north of American Idol and as a consequence much more of the viewers know Cloris Leachman than Kim Kardashian. They watch figure skating, but have no idea on earth who Mario is. From what I can tell, it is a popularity contest until the last few dancers and then it seems to be skill. Until then though, people are going to vote for who they know and who they like.
Every magazine and blog post I have read today talks about how shocking it is because she was one of the better dancers. Who gives a f**k? If it was solely about skill, then the judges would vote. It is a popularity contest and I don't think the average 35-54 person in the US is going to say they like Kim. And, even if they kind of like her, there is no way they are going to like her more than most of the other contestants on the show.
Lets say that Robert Redford came on the show and got the worst scores each and every week. Didn't even bother to dance sometimes. Just stood there and gave his squint and aloof look. My guess is that with the demographic of the show he would still finish in the top 2 or 3. She shouldn't be surprised. She should also be eternally grateful to the people at Disney who overlooked her bad acting porn past and put her on a top rated show. They bought her another 15 minutes which she is going to need since the first 15 is about gone. Now, instead of her reality show at the top of her resume she can put this show, and the porn gets pushed a little more under the rug.