Average viewing figures for Strictly Come Dancing’s first live show fall for the second year in a row, while peak audience is at the same level as in 2022
The first live show of the new series of Strictly Come Dancing was watched by an average of 6.6 million viewers on Saturday, according to overnight viewing figures.
The peak audience was over 7.2 million, on par with last year’s first night of competition.
The average for seeing couples hit the dance floor for the first time this weekend fell for the second year in a row after the 2021 show was watched by 6.8 million people and 7.9 million people tuned in in 2021.
It comes after last week’s pre-recorded launch, which saw the celebrities meet their professional partners and saw viewing figures soar to their highest level since 2021, with an average of 6.1 million viewers.
This was a jump from last year, which had averaged 5.4 million viewers, and 7.9 million in 2021.
Dip: The first live show of the new series of Strictly Come Dancing was watched by an average of 6.6 million viewers on Saturday, according to overnight viewing figures
Figures: Peak audience was over 7.2 million, on par with last year’s first night of competition
Last week’s launch attracted a peak of 6.7 million viewers, up from last year’s peak of 5.6 million.
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During the episode, Nigel Harman emerged as an early favorite to win the series as he topped the leaderboard in week one.
The 50-year-old actor was named ‘the one to beat’ by judge Shirley Ballas after performing an excellent pasodoble with dance partner Katya Jones.
The Casualty star danced to Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit and received rave reviews from all four judges, receiving a score of 32 out of 40.
“That was the dance of the night,” exclaimed Craig Revel Horwood, while Motsi Mabuse added: “This at the end of the night was spectacular, amazing.”
Anton Du Beke also praised the actor and reminded the audience that it is not easy for the star who has to close the show.
Meanwhile, Amanda Abbington once again dismissed reports of a feud with professional partner Giovanni Pernice as they took to the dance floor for the first time.
Dancing shoes: The average that saw the 15 couples hit the dance floor for the first time this weekend fell for the second year in a row after the 2021 show was watched by 6.8 million and in 2021 was watched by 7.9 million
Candidate: It comes after Nigel Harman emerged as an early favorite to win the series when he topped the leaderboard in the first week (pictured with pro Katya Jones)
Strictly speaking: week one rankings
Nigel Harman and Katya Jones – Paso Doble to Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana – 32 points out of 40
Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin – Samba to Touch by Little Mix – 29 points out of 40
Ellie Lelk and Vito Coppola – Jive to Can’t Tame Her by Zara Larsson – 29 points out of 40
Bobby Brazier and Diane Buswell – Foxtrot for All About You by McFly – 29 points out of 40
Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice – Viennese Waltz to Pointless by Lewis Capaldi – 29 points out of 40
Angela Rippon Kai Wrrington – Cha Cha to Get the Party Started by Shirley Bassey – 28 points out of 40
Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe – Cha Cha to Uptown Girl by Billy Joel – 28 points out of 40
Angela Scanlan and Carlos Gu – Tango to Prisoner by Miley Cyrus and Dua Lipa – 23 points out of 40
Eddie Kadi and Karen – Quickstep to Two Hearts by Phil Collins – 22 points out of 40
Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Lauren Oakley – Cha Cha to Boom Shack A Lack by Apache Indian – 22 points out of 40
Jody Cundy and Jowita Przystał – Quickstep to I’m On Top Of The World by Bobby Darin – 21 points out of 40
Adam Thomas and Luba Mushtuk – Cha Cha to Waffle House by Jonas Brothers – 19 points out of 40
Zara McDermott and Graziano Dr Fine – Cha Cha to Crush by Jennifer Page – 19 points out of 40
Nikita Kanda and Gorka Marquez – Waltz to Run To You by Whitney Houston – 18 points out of 40
Les Dennis and Nancy Xu – Tango to Don’t You Want Me by Human League – 16 points out of 40
The actress, 49, described the ballroom professional, 33, as “a little brother” in the pre-recorded VT and said she “loves him already” before admitting she hadn’t “picked things up as quickly as she wanted to.” during rehearsals.
Earlier on Saturday, Sherlock star Amanda shared a video on Instagram in which she dismissed rumors of clashes with Giovanni in a foul-mouthed rant.
It follows that she was ‘affected’ by his ‘militant and aggressive’ training style, with tensions between the pair escalating.
But Amanda hit back, saying she was ‘ignoring the bulls***’ as she insisted all was well between her and Giovanni.
Happy as Larry: Meanwhile, Amanda Abbington once again dismissed reports of a feud with professional partner Giovanni Pernice as they hit the dance floor for the first time
No sign of trouble: It follows she was ‘affected’ by his ‘militant and aggressive’ training style, escalating tensions between the pair
The duo then took to the floor as they performed an elegant Viennese waltz to Lewis Capaldi’s Pointless, which earned a respectable 29 points from the judges.
Shirley said: ‘Your fluidity, your sensitivity, your beautiful styling, you have beautiful chemistry, I loved it.’
Anton advised Amanda to relax a bit, saying: ‘It was all wonderful, emotionally wonderful. I want you to breathe. If there were thirty seconds left, I think you might have passed out.”
The actress was supported from the audience by fiancé Jonathan Goodwin and 17-year-old son Joe, whom she shares with ex-partner Martin Freeman.
Jonathan was paralyzed for life in a tragic accident in October 2021, following a stunt in which he tried to escape from a straitjacket while hanging upside down ten meters in the air.
Strictly Come Dancing 2023: Who are the couples?
Nigel Harman and Katya Jones
Bobby Brazier and Diane Buswell
Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe
Zara McDermott and Graziano Di Prima
Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice
Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington
Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Lauren Oakley
Angela Scanlon and Carlos Gu
Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola
Adam Thomas and Luba Mushtuk
Jody Cundy and Jowita Przystał
Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin
Nikita Kanda and Gorka Marquez
Les Dennis and Nancy Xu
Eddie Kadi and Karen Hauer