Seven’s The Real Dirty Dancing premieres to 580,000 metro viewers

Another Seven reality format has premiered with a fizzle, with the much-hyped The Real Dirty Dancing bringing in just 580,000 metro viewers for its first outing. The show sees eight celebrities recreate iconic scenes from the classic 1987 movie Dirty Dancing.

Jamie Durie, Hugh Sheridan, Firass Dirani and Jude Bolton are the four men while Jessica Rowe, Anne Edmonds, Stephanie Rice and Anna Heinrich are matched with them. Todd McKenney and Kym Johnson-Herjavec are in the choreography role.

The Real Dirty Dancing sees eight celebrities recreate scenes from the iconic Dirty Dancing film

The competition will take part over four episodes and was followed on Monday night by the second episode of Seven Studios’ scripted drama Secret Bridesmaids Business which brought in 317,000 metro viewers, down from 426,000 for Sunday’s premiere.

The Real Dirty Dancing went up against Ten’s quirky hit The Masked Singer which maintained its momentum from last week. It delivered 1.063m metro viewers for the reveal and 835,000 for the episode leading up to it, making the reveal the most-watched program of the evening and giving Ten the top three entertainment programs for the night with the inclusion of Have You Been Paying Attention?

Ten also nabbed the top three spots in the key advertising demographics – 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54 – with the three shows. Have You Been Paying Attention? brought in 819,000 metro viewers overall. Ten was the most-watched channel with metro audiences 25-54 overall (26.0%) and metro audiences 16-39 (29.5%).

Seven News was still the most-watched news offering on 1.016m metro viewers, while Nine News delivered 870,000. 806,000 tuned into Nine for The Block, and 437,000 watched Karl Stefanovic’s This Time Next Year.

Once regional figures were added to the metro numbers, Seven News became the most-watched program for the night (1.576m viewers), but The Masked Singer reveal was still the most popular entertainment program (1.380m). The Block just skipped ahead of The Masked Singer before the reveal (1.111m to 1.109m viewers respectively).

The most-watched on ABC was the ABC News (652,000 metro viewers), followed by 7.30 (596,000).

Nine very narrowly took the win overall, holding a 19.2% share above Seven’s 18.2%, Ten’s 17.6% and ABC’s 12.9%. In the networks, the hierarchy stayed the same – Nine (26.2%), Seven (26.0%), Ten (23.1%) and ABC (17.1%). The most-watched multi-channel was Ten Bold with 3.5%.


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