The Greatest Dancer went live to more than 3 million viewers in last night’s (Saturday, February 22) TV ratings.
BBC One’s The Greatest Dancer, featuring a trio of dance captains – singer Cheryl, Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse and Broadway star Matthew Morrison – kicked off its live challenge shows this weekend.
Nine acts made it through to the live stages, competing to win £50,000, a chance to dance on Strictly Come Dancing and become The Greatest Dancer. Every week, each of the dancers are set a challenge which they must tackle with their Dance Captain to create an unforgettable performance.
Presented by Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo, this weekend saw the opening round of live challenges before the first Greatest Dancer results after the public voted.
Between 7:30PM and 9:20PM last night, an average audience of 3.4 million tuned in to The Greatest Dancer’s first live show. Based on overnight figures, the number is just below the 3.5 million who tuned in to last weekend’s final auditions and callback stages.
The Greatest Dancer live shows continue next Saturday at 7:35PM on BBC One where two acts will go home.
Meanwhile, The Voice UK went head to head with The Greatest Dancer yesterday, airing from 8PM with its fifth week of blind auditions.
Jennifer Hudson, Olly Murs, Will.i.am and Sir Tom Jones all return to the spinning red chairs for the eighth series of the singing show, once more fronted by Emma Willis.
The Voice UK was also down slightly week-on-week, falling from just over 5 million viewers to 4.8 million. The series continues at 8PM next Saturday with more from its auditions.
Neither talent show topped Saturday night’s ratings, with that title going to the Ireland and England Six Nations Rugby match on ITV which averaged just under 5.5 million viewers.
Between the rugby and The Voice UK, Dermot O’Leary’s new game show Small Fortune launched to just over 3 million viewers.