635,000 metro viewers tune in to see the Dancing With The Stars winner crowned

After it was revealed last week the Dancing With The Stars finale would be brought forward amid coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, 635,000 metro viewers have tuned in for the final moments which saw the winner announced – the highest audience for the show in 2020.

623,000 metro viewers watched the episode leading up to the announcement of the winner. Nationally, 921,000 metro viewers tuned in for the end of the episode and 866,000 for the rest of the program.

ViacomCBS Networks ANZ chief content officer and EVP, Beverley McGarvey, said the network was happy with the outcome, especially given the difficulties the show has faced.

“This season of Dancing With The Stars has been like no other. The brilliant team have been exceptionally inventive in delivering a safe, world-class season with minimal disruption and lots of creative innovation,” said McGarvey.

“I’d like to extend my thanks to the incredible team at Warner Bros, the BBC and our own team here at Ten for their tireless efforts in bringing this brilliant season to life each and every week. It was not easy, but your determination was phenomenal.

“Thank you also to our talented judges, Craig, Sharna and Tristan, and to the professional dancers for the expertise and guidance given to our celebrities – we are so lucky to have you all.

“To our brilliant hosts, Amanda and Grant, thank you for setting the tone of the show each week and bringing some much-needed fun to our weekends, and handling with grace and humour all the curveballs thrown your way.

“And to our talented celebrities, we have loved watching you across the season. Thank you for your passion and commitment and mainly, thank you for the exceptional entertainment.”

The finale went up against Married At First Sight on Nine which brought in 1.161m metro viewers and 1.585m nationally and also topped all three of the key advertising demographics – 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s.

On Seven, a Seven News special – Ben Cousins: Coming Clean – drew 791,000 metro viewers and 1.156m nationally.

News was again the big winner for the night with 1.372m metro viewers tuning in for Nine News and 1.332m for Seven News. Nationally, Seven News drew 2.038m and Nine News 1.811m. Nine News also held second spot in all three of the key advertising demographics. The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, addressed the public at 6.30pm which landed in the middle of the news bulletins.

On the ABC, Grand Designs New Zealand delivered 527,000 metro viewers and 789,000 nationally in the primetime 7.30pm slot. ABC News brought in just over 1m metro viewers and 1.422m nationally and Stateless delivered 409,000 metro viewers and 602,000 nationally.

The night was Nine’s in the audience shares. The network held a 35.1% audience share and 26.8% for its main channel. Seven held a network audience share of 25.6% and 19.2%, followed by ABC with a network audience share of 17.3% and 10.9% for its main channel. Ten held 16.4% and a channel share of 11.7%. ABC NEWS was the most-watched multi-channel with 3.8%.


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