The Voice wins Celebrity Splash battle round

2013-04-30_0959It was a battle of gargantuan reality proportions, but in the end Australia chose singing semi-professionals over diving celebrities.

The Voice won the first round with 2.02m viewers compared to Seven’s 1.31m for Celebrity Splash (NB: both shows were head to head for around 70 minutes).

Those aren’t bad numbers for Seven at all, but the trend overseas has been for high numbers which drop away swiftly.

Nine network won with a 34.4% share then Seven 31.8%, ABC 17.1%, TEN 12.6% and SBS 4.0%.

Nine News (1.36m) was next best for Nine then ACA (1.2m), House Husbands (1.16m), Hot Seat (721,000) and Person of Interest (377,000). Footy Classified was 288,000 in 3 cities.

Seven News was Seven’s top show with 1.35m. After Celebrity Splash it was Today Tonight (1.17m), Revenge (1.03m), Home and Away (963,000), Deal or no Deal (585,000) and Grey’s Anatomy (453,000).

While commercial networks were hooked on Reality, ABC gave us some meaty news stories last night. ABC News (890,000) led ABC1 then Australian Story (811,000), 7:30 (706,000), Media Watch (649,000), Four Corners (645,000), Q & A (513,000) and Grand Designs Revisited (373,000).

TEN still couldn’t improve its Mondays, with TEN News (721,000) its best performer. The Biggest Loser was 526,000, The Project was 503,000, The Simpsons was 368,000, Can of Worms was 344,000 and Hawaii Five-0 was 222,000.

On SBS ONE it was Do I Drink Too Much? (218,000), World News Australia (198,000), Mythbusters (197,000) and Canal Walks (123,000).

Bananas in Pyjamas skinned the multichannels with 375,000.

Sunrise: 386,000
Today: 369,000
ABC News Breakfast: 40,000 / 31,000

OzTAM Overnights: Monday 29 April 2013


  1. Celebrity Splash is only going to have a four week run, I think, so even if it settles sub 1M, around 800K or so, I think Seven can consider it a success. I thought it was going to get absolutely creamed by TV, not even get to 1M on debut, but I was proved wrong as it got 1.3M and still got above 1M last night.

  2. I had tickets to go to the taping yesterday but couldn’t attend as I was ill. The only reason I wanted to go was to see Josh as I’m a big fan of his so it’s a bummer he went out first episode. It really is a dreadful show, will not be watching again now Josh is out!

  3. Four of us at the dog park this morning.
    One admitted watching 5 minutes of Splash out of curiosity. Other 3 incredulous at this admission.
    General agreement on lack of actual programs to watch on commercial FTA, with ABC & SBS not that much better.
    Two already have Foxtel, the other two starting to realise they will have to cave in and PAY for decent programming.
    Or give up TV.

  4. Watched a little of Celebrity Splash then switched back to The Voice. Celebrity Splash can only be described as trash TV whereas The Voice, even with the padding, is all style and professionalism and definitely the top reality TV program in Australia. I expect CS to drop below 1M tonight.

  5. Surely Ten cannot keep screening The Biggest Loser with those numbers? They must be losing a packet on advertising. Given they have such a wide suite of programs available to them cancelling The Biggest Loser would not be a problem as it is easily replaceable.

    As for Celebrity Splash – these shows only work if the A-List of the A-List type celebrities are involved. A bunch of people with low name recognition is not the way to go.

  6. Even 7TWO beat The Whole SBS Network on Monday, Ten’s Entire Lineup after the 5:00 News Bulletins Got Thrashed in every place And lastt night’s Emotional Ending of Revenge on Seven did OK although it started just after 9:30.

  7. I can’t believe they show thios awful show and yet relegate Amazing Race to awful time slots…What a bunch of average contestants..I haven’t heard of half of them, and the other half couldn’t care less about.

  8. I watched the first half hour, just to check it was as awful as it sounded. And it pretty much was. All the usual suspects – screaming crowds, loud music, disco lighting, dancing girls – just like every other ‘lifestyle’ program on television. They’re all pretty much interchangeable.

    And tonight? More of the same crap. The Voice, Celebrity Apprentice, Biggest Loser, Celebrity(?!) Splash – all on at much the same time. I’m so fed up with this idiocy. Or maybe I’m just getting old and grumpy.

    Thank heavens for the ABC and SBS.

  9. Happy to shed a few IQ points to enjoy a TV show like Splash which isn’t about instant fame, bigger royalty cheques for judges or a marketing tool for a record company. Brynne was a delight. I think Josh was hard by and what’s with the skinny jokes, I didn’t see anyone saying anything derogatory about the larger contestants other than that they were large, Josh seemed to become a running gag which was not acceptable.

  10. I really enjoyed celebrity splash. It was more serious than it sounds. Although diving off a 3 metre board should have scored 3 for courage and 10 for the 10 metres. I loved how Brynne dived in with full make up, earrings an
    and head band

  11. Splash was terrible … watched only a few min … Seven should get rid of it and bring back Amazing Race AUS or even Dancing with Stars … why did they get rid of AGT? sigh

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