Everybody Dance Now rates just 598,000

got to danceTen’s first shot in the post-Olympic TV battle was something of a disappointment for the network with Everybody Dance Now’s two-hour opening rating only 598,000 according to overnight ratings from OzTam.

The Fremantle Media-produced show – featuring dancing duels – is presented by Sarah Murdoch, who is married to Ten’s chairman Lachlan Murdoch.

The show was up against the final night of The Olympics on Nine and Seven’s Once Upon A Time.

Preliminary ratings put the audience at 572,000 – this rose to 598,000 after being corrected for the exact time of airing.

The early evening Olympics session averaged 1.457m while the later session averaged 1.307m. Once Upon A Time rated 883,000.

It was also outrated by ABC1’s Grand Designs Revisited which had an average audience of 944,000.

The Olympics dominated throughout the weekend, attracting audiences of around 1.2m on Friday night and an early evening audience of nearly 1.4m on Saturday.

Ten’s Masterchef All Stars rated 779,000 according to OzTam’s data.

Everybody Dance Now was 13th for the night in all people. It rose to seventh in 16-39, and eighth in the 18-49 and 25-54 demographics. Ten says that in 16-39 and 18-49, EDN rated second during its own timeslot. Its peak all people audience was 928,000, Ten said.

Nine will attempt to maintain momentum by launching Big Brother and Underbelly: Badness tonight. Seven is airing the series final episode of Once Upon A Time, while Ten has Masterchef All Stars and another 90 minutes of Everybody Dance Now.

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  1. Comic-Book-Store Guy
    13 Aug 12
    9:38 am

  2. Worst. Show. Everrrr!

  3. Viewer
    13 Aug 12
    9:39 am

  4. What a let down. It was the dancing VOICE without the production values. Sarah Murdoch was a wooden host – sorry, but clearly out of her depth- and the entire show was clunky. Freemantle has done a very poor job. Lost me.

  5. Elbogrease
    13 Aug 12
    9:46 am

  6. More dancing contests? Please NOOO

  7. JDB
    13 Aug 12
    10:08 am

  8. Sadly I watched, I saw what they were trying to do, but it just never worked. I liked the instant vote idea, but in todays world, the pre-record format meant that viewers were not involved in the decision. So if I can’t vote, why should I care.
    Then please fire the genius who thought it was a good idea to let the team leaders speak utter rubiish for a minute in order to gain audience votes for their respective dancers. Instant turn off, which is what I did after 10 minutes.

  9. You should be dancing
    13 Aug 12
    10:14 am

  10. “Let’s launch a reality TV show about dancing on a Sunday night, up against the final night of the Olympics!”

  11. richie
    13 Aug 12
    10:52 am

  12. why can’t Australia make good TV?

  13. Red
    13 Aug 12
    10:52 am

  14. Unwatchable.

  15. vici
    13 Aug 12
    11:00 am

  16. i started watching with high hopes but decided it was total rubbish and switched off. wont bother watching it again!

  17. everybody stop dancing
    13 Aug 12
    11:11 am

  18. horrible format, terrible host, lacked substance, all over the place tacky show.
    wth is going on at channel 10?

  19. zumabeach
    13 Aug 12
    11:33 am

  20. Another dancing show … snore. Singing, renovating, cooking, unfunny panel shows and,worst of all, Big Bother, umh, Brother … who gives a you know what. Free to air television, especially the commercials, has lost the plot and the only idea it has is to repeat the past again … and again. Nine’s endless promoting of its supposedly great upcoming shows during its lame Olympics coverage – Eddie Everywhere should be renamed Eddie Nowhere and not be let outside of Melbourne ever again – was enough to drive you mad. There are also very serious doubts around the Kerry Packer World Series Cricket thing – a bit of in house veneration of Nine’s godfather – and yet more highly unlikeable gangsters shooting one another in Underbelly … is this mark four, five, six? I’ve lost count. And Charlie Sheen’s got a new show where he plays a self-centred dolt, again. Or is that just Charlie being Charlie? Spare us.

  21. June
    13 Aug 12
    12:06 pm

  22. Personally I don’t understand why they didn’t bring back So You Think You Can Dance. I thought it had consistently good ratings? At the very least I was watching :)

  23. Ally
    13 Aug 12
    12:54 pm

  24. It looked like a set of an after school game show and where was the atmosphere?
    So bad, bring back So You Think You Can Dance.

  25. Viewer
    13 Aug 12
    12:57 pm

  26. Why oh why do we indulge Sarah Murdoch. Get her off the TV

  27. Uki Fierce
    13 Aug 12
    1:08 pm

  28. I started to watch it, but stopped halfway through the first dance. Firstly why not locals? Why Kelly Rowland? It seemed forced and edited really badly….

  29. JG
    13 Aug 12
    1:14 pm

  30. So will James have to fire his own wife? He will be in the dog house for a while after that…

  31. rob
    13 Aug 12
    1:27 pm

  32. Of all the new Aussie shows launching around now, this one had the least chance of being successful.
    People are over dance shows. Simple as that.
    It’s three or four years too late.

    Big Brother will go OK.
    Watch I Will Survive tank also, but not to the extent of EDN.
    The weddings one with Kate R might go okay.

  33. Disappointed
    13 Aug 12
    1:36 pm

  34. I was so looking forward to this show – I’m a self confessed ‘dreamed of being a professional dancer without ever doing anything about it’ kinda gal – but was utterly disappointed. Sadly I watched the entire show, but as I’d paused it before the ballet dancer came on so my sister could watch, I got the pleasure of fast forwarding through all the other nonsense like Kelly and Jason trying to drum up votes for their act before the audience voted. Also, I thought there was only one $10,000 winner at the end of the night, and then there were two. And…why did we not get to see the tap dancing duo or the African dance group. It wasn’t explained very well. Ok, I better stop now.

  35. David12
    13 Aug 12
    2:05 pm

  36. What a let down ! Appalling set, lighting, host, – what else can I say.

    Another failure – add YTT, Lara Bingle, The Shire, Breakfast, Everybody Dance Now – wonderful commissioning and execution.

    Who survives this one ?

  37. TV Trader
    13 Aug 12
    3:46 pm

  38. So, FremantleMedia are on a roll right now. Everybody Dance Now, Excess Baggage, and Got Talent.

  39. carol
    13 Aug 12
    3:52 pm

  40. i love to watch dance shows but that was terrible ,sarah Murdoch not good at all ,i agree with Ally bring back so you think you can dance that was brillant

  41. Tim
    13 Aug 12
    5:45 pm

  42. It didnt rate? What a suprise. Given the opportunity I’d prefer to watch a dog scratch at fleas for an evening rather than submit to this drivel.

  43. I wonder
    13 Aug 12
    8:52 pm

  44. I watched most of this. Woeful.

    Pinocchio wondered why his girlfriend wasn’t home. Mrs Murdoch was that wooden it wasn’t funny.

  45. Sam
    13 Aug 12
    9:07 pm

  46. The set reminds me of “Its a knockout”. Feel so sorry for the sponsors of the show who may have thought this was a good invesntment – hope they can get their money back. Didnt Channel 10 get a new TV programming genius from Channel 7?

  47. jo
    15 Aug 12
    1:25 pm

  48. Why did the promo have such high production values, and the actual show looks so tacky? The set looked cheap and empty, the host was so uncomfortable, it was like a high school media studies production. I have also heard that many production crew have walked off the show. Did anyone notice how they re-recorded the promo to redo the delivery of Sarah’s lines? They must have realised that she looked so uncomfortable in the first promo that went to air, so they re-shot it. Such a shame – I was really looking forward to watching this.