I Will Survive bows out quietly

I Will Survive winner Mike Snell

Ten’s I Will Survive took its final bow last night with contestant Michael Snell winning the Broadway competition.

Based on Australian film The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, the show has suffered from low ratings – which have ranged  between 400,000 and 300,000 viewers – and been shifted around Ten’s schedule.

Last night, the show rated 321,000 and ranked 32nd in total viewers in its 7.30pm time slot, according to preliminary ratings from OzTam.

The show faired better in the demographics placing 28th in 16-39, 24th in 18-49 and 27th in 25-54.

Snell has since gone on to be cast as Kyle, the UPS Guy in musical Legally Blonde at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre.

The show was fourth in its time slot, just ahead of SBS’s Who Do you Think You Are? on 305,000.

The show debuted for Ten with 506,000 average viewers on August 21.

Winning the 7.30 time slot, and the entire night in total viewers was The X Factor, rating 1.441m.

The X Factor was also the top show across the key advertising demographics for its time slot, but not for the entire night.

A new episode of The Big Bang Theory at 8.30pm was the top show, while Seven’s Winners and Losers was third across all three  placing second behind Nine’s Big Bang Theory in all three.

In the battle for breakfast television, Nine’s Today beat Seven’s Sunrise, 360,000 to 353,000 while Ten’s Breakfast rated 47,000.

In channel share Seven won the night on 25.3%, beating out Nine on 20.8%. ABC1 was 12.7% in third place followed by Ten’s 11.7%. SBS1 was fifth with 4.6% share.

Tuesday’s top 15 shows:
1. The X Factor – Seven 1.441m
2. The Big Bang Theory – Nine 1.204m
3. Winners and Losers – Seven 1.114m
4. Seven News – Seven 1.097m
5. ABC News – ABC 1.030m
6. Nine News – Nine 1.000m
7. Today Tonight – Seven 0.982m
8. Home and Away – Seven 0.946m
9. Big Brother – Nine 0.916m
10. The Big Bang Theory – Episode 2 – Nine 0.901m
11. A Current Affair – Nine 0.888m
12. 2 Broke Girls – Nine 0.819m
13. 7:30 – ABC 0.802m
14. Two and a Half Men – Nine 0.702m
15. NCIS – Ten 0.632m

Tuesday’s channel share:
Seven: 25.3%
Nine: 20.8%
ABC1: 12.7%
Ten: 11.7%
SBS1: 4.6%
7TWO: 3.6%
7mate: 3.4%
Eleven: 3.0%
GO!: 2.9%
Gem: 2.9%
ABC2: 2.8%
One: 2.7%
ABC3: 1.1%
ABC News 24: 0.9%


  1. rachel
    24 Oct 12
    1:42 pm

  2. It may not have rated but what a shameful final episode. They literally crashed out after announcing Mike as the winner.

  3. M
    24 Oct 12
    2:05 pm

  4. Even a blind man would have seen this coming!

  5. spoilers
    25 Oct 12
    10:14 am

  6. gee thanks. For weeks I have managed to watch the repeat of I will survive on Saturday without encountering any spoilers. To come so far and now have it ruined for me… can’t read this website any longer! thanks a lot…

  7. mumbrella
    25 Oct 12
    11:10 am

  8. Hi Spoilers,

    Unfortunately, I can’t promise that we won’t talk about things that have been broadcast on network television.

    Sorry your enjoyment was spoilt though.

    Best wishes,

    Tim – Mumbrella

  9. spoilers
    26 Oct 12
    6:44 pm

  10. when something is broadcast twice a week you could be sensitive to viewers. The viewing environment has changed and shows are often repeated to a different audience in the same week. The Australian ran a similar ratings story to yours but without photos or mention of the winner. Stories on your website are generally about ratings or media issues – not announcements and photos of who won the latest reality show. Why you did it in this case i have no idea. I will survive was not a high rating show worthy of such attention – i read mainstream media widely and have not read the announcement elsewhere. Your website, your choice, but it’s not for me anymore.