TV audiences down but Dancing with the Stars back to 946,000 as Mark Holden meltdown sparks complaints

Seven’s reality show Dancing with the Stars has stabilised its audience modestly, after its audience dropped away last week. The show, which aired from 7.30pm to 9.30pm saw 946,000 viewers tune in, up from last week’s 882,000 but still down on its debut audience of 1.04m.

The show saw viewers last night take to social media following contestant, and former Australian Idol judge, Mark Holden’s performance questioning if he was drunk, with many viewers angry when he was not eliminated from the contest.

On a night when audiences were down across the board, with no audiences over a million, DWTS was the most watched non-news program of the night, helping Seven to win the night with an audience share of 20.3 per cent, compared to Nine’s 18.9 per cent.

Nine’s Big Brother, was placed in the 7.30pm timeslot for the first time, saw its audience drop away slightly to 628,000 compared to 677,000 last week when it was in the later 8.30pm timeslot.

It was the most watched show amongst the 16-39 and 18-49 demographics, and the second most popular show amongst people aged 25-54 but is being moved around from 7.30pm to 8.40pm depending on the day.

Home and Away, on Seven at 7pm, was the most popular show for the 25-54 demographic, grabbing an audience of 928,000.

Meanwhile on Ten, Jamie’s Comfort Food, which went head to head with DWTS and Big Brother, was watched by 589,000 up from last week’s audience of 495,000.  The result helped Ten to an audience share of 14.9 per cent.

NCIS at 8.30pm drew an audience of 691,000 with the audience dropping away at 9.30pm for NCIS: Los Angeles with the show only attracting 498,000 viewers.

In news, Nine was the winner at 6pm with an audience of 983,000 compared to Seven News’ audience of 970,000. Seven held onto more of its audience at 6.30pm for the second half hour of the news or Today Tonight with an audience of 967,000 while Nine News at 6.30pm was watched by 951,000.

Over on the ABC, which managed an audience share of 12.8 per cent, 7.30 was its best performer with an audience of 743,000 while Foreign Correspondent was watched by 708,000.

While Seven won the night based on its primary channel result, when looking at the digital channels Nine managed to grab the lead with strong performances on Go and Gem with both stations posting 5 per cent audience shares. It meant Nine overall had an audience share of 29 per cent compared to Seven’s 28.3 per cent. On Go an episode of The Big Bang Theory was the most watched, drawing an audience of 244,000 while on Gem Midsomer Murders attracted 238,000 viewers and Poirot was watched by 231,000.

Top 15 shows

1 NINE NEWS Network 9 983,000
2 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 970,000
3 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 967,000
4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 951,000
5 DANCING WITH THE STARS Network 7 946,000
6 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 928,000
7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 821,000
8 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC1 750,000
9 7.30-EV Network ABC1 743,000
10 ABC NEWS UPDATE-EV Network ABC1 735,000
12 NCIS Network TEN 691,000
13 FLYING MINERS-EV Network ABC1 640,000
14 BIG BROTHER -TUE Network 9 628,000
15 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 620,000

Audience Share

Network 7 20.3%
Network 9 18.9%
Network ABC1 12.8%
Network TEN 14.9%
Network GO! 5.0%
Network Gem 5.0%
Network 7TWO 4.5%
Network SBS ONE 4.3%
Network 7mate 3.5%
Network ONE 3.1%
Network ELEVEN 2.8%
Network ABC2 2.7%
Network ABC News 24 1.0%
Network ABC3 0.7%
Network SBS 2 0.5%
Network NITV 0.1% 0.2%

Total Audience Share
Network 9 TTL 29.0%
Network 7 TTL 28.3%
Network TEN TTL 20.8%
Network ABC TTL 17.1%
Network SBS TTL 4.9%



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