It was hard to find locations and conductors in the last few years. I was thinking too of how many KHs have 2 or more congregations meeting in them. This might free up time. But now when Thursday night rolls around, I'll be missing 3 meetings in one night. I think the attention span of the average jw has decreased too. That means that fewer people will have any opportunity to "participate."
Some jws will just interpret this as "the end is near."