Ten’s So You Think You Can Dance Australia sinks to 365,000

Channel Ten has seen a disappointing return to the reality dance show format with ratings for So You Think You Can Dance Australia sinking to 365,000 last night, reminiscent to the averages for Everybody Dance Now just before it was cancelled.

The second outing of the show starring Paula Abdul as a judge launched to 466,000 on Sunday and failed to stack up against Seven’s My Kitchen Rules and Nine’s The Block last night as they averaged 1.948m and 1.068m viewers respectively in the 7.30pm timeslot, preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam show.

Ten has revived the dance competition format following a four year break, while its experiment with Everybody Dance Now ended after just a fortnight in 2012 as it was cancelled after poor ratings.

The show fronted by Sarah Murdoch and made by Fremantle Media, rated as low as 304,000 and averaged 385,000 just before it was cancelled. 

A Channel Ten spokesman said: “It is early days for So You Think You Can Dance Australia. The show is attracting a good following online, where it is generating strong buzz, and we are confident it will build on television when the live performance shows commence. There are more spectacular episodes – and some big name guests – coming up for So You Think You Can Dance Australia.”

The network will be hoping for strong time-shifted viewing figures when the consolidated numbers are revealed next Monday.

Meanwhile viewers grew tired of Nine’s extensive coverage of the Schapelle Corby saga, with the repeat of its telemovie Schapelle averaging just 241,000 after the Nine News Special Schapelle, Finally Free, averaged 627,000 from 8.55pm to 9.45pm.

Seven won the lion’s share of the audience as My Kitchen Rules dominated the 7.30pm as the top program of the night, with Tasmanian contestants Thalia and Bianca hosting a rustic dinner at their Hobart Home, The Market Kitchen.

And the strong audience for MKR helped Seven hold on to 1.186m for the second episode of Revenge, dropping just over 100,000 viewers on its launch last week.

The Winter Olympics in Sochi brought Ten 552,000 for the evening session, its highest rating, from 8.30pm to 10.30pm after So You Think You Can Dance Australia, however coverage of speed skating on its digital channel One helped the network win an 8.4 per cent audience share, just below the 11 per cent share of the audience on its main channel.

A spokesman for Channel Ten said the combined ratings for the Olympic Winter Games on Ten and One yesterday evening was 989,000 metro viewers.

Seven had a strong lead in audience share with 27.7 per cent as Nine had 17.6 per cent, and ABC1 averaged a 12.8 per cent share of the audience.

Monday’s top 15 shows:

  1. My Kitchen Rules Seven 1.948m
  2. Nine News Nine 1.206m
  3. Seven News Seven 1.197m
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight 1.114m
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 1.071m
  6. Revenge Seven 1.069m
  7. The Block: Fans v Faves Nine 1.068m
  8. Home and Away Seven 997,000
  9. A Current Affair Nine 990,000
  10. ABC News ABC1 865,000
  11. Revenge Ep 2 Seven 834,000
  12. Australian Story ABC1 777,000
  13. ABC News Update ABC1 756,000
  14. 7.30 ABC1 704,000
  15. Ten Eyewitness News Ten 691,000

Monday’s share:

  • Seven 27.7%
  • Nine 17.6%
  • ABC1 12.8%
  • TEN 11.0%
  • ONE 8.4%
  • 7TWO 3.1%
  • 7mate 2.9%
  • SBS ONE 2.9%
  • GO! 2.8%
  • Gem 2.6%
  • ELEVEN 2.6%
  • ABC2 2.5%
  • ABC News 24 1.3%
  • ABC3 1.2%
  • SBS 2 0.4%
  • NITV 0.1%

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2013. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs


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