The final of Dancing with the Stars was always going to do well for Seven, but it positively slammed Australian Idol into its own mosh pit last night.
Dancing took 1.57m viewers ahead of Domestic Blitz (1m), 60 Minutes (1.2m) and Rescue: Special Ops on Nine (910,000). Over on TEN Idol slumped to just 810,000 in its first top 12 sing-off and Rove just 777,000. On the ABC The Einstein Factor (585,000), Stephen Fry in America (986,000) and Midsomer Murders (1.17m) were also defeated while SBS had One Day Series on 311,000.
The loss for TEN was marked, finishing four behind the ABC. Rove and Idol won their 16-39 demos, but only Rove took 18-49. From next week it will be hard to find excuses as to having such tough competition. It will need to perform against the returning Sunday Night which no doubt has a big exclusive of some sort.
Wipeout was again GO’s top show on 205,000.
Of course Dancing remains a looooong way behind its glory day finales of about 2.4m but 1.57m is impressive for a ninth season.