According to overnight ratings, the first live show of the TV series Serious To Dancing was watched by an average of 6.8 million viewers.
His show fell in viewing figures compared to its first live show in 2021, with an average of 7.9 million viewers.
Saturday marked the first night of the popular show, with 15 couples fighting on the dance floor, which peaked at 7.2 million viewers, the BBC said.
Views also dropped for the show’s premiere episode on Friday, which saw celebrity contestants pairing up with their professional counterparts.
It was viewed by an average of 5.4 million viewers, with a peak audience of 5.6 million.
While the series that debuted last year received an average of 7.0 million viewers, peaking at 7.3 million.
This year’s premiere was scheduled to air on Saturday September 17 but was postponed due to a schedule change ahead of the Queen’s funeral. Instead, the BBC showed the premiere just a day before the first live show.
Saturday’s show saw actor Will Mellor and wildlife host Hamza Yassin top the charts together, both achieving an impressive score of 34 in its first week.
The Two Pints Of Lager and A Packet Of Crisps star Mellor performed the electric hit to Ricky Martin’s Livin’ La Vida Loca alongside her dance partner Nancy Xu, which impressed judges Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas so much that they gave him a standing ovation.
Yassin and his partner Jowita Przystal also beamed with playful foxtrot to Islands In The Stream by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers to secure their top spot.
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Britain’s Got Talent finalist Molly Rainford and professional rookie Carlos Gu came in third with a score of 31 for their energetic samba.
Following their practice with Anne Marie and Little Mix’s Kiss My (Uh Oh), Mabuse described the singer-actress as a “shooting star”.
New professional singers Fleur East and professional Vito Coppola took fourth place, with a score of 29, for their electric track cha cha cha in Jennifer Lopez’s Let’s Get Loud, closing the show.
The 20th series also featured two same-sex couples, among them defending champion Giovanni Pernice and BBC Radio 2’s Richie Anderson, who brought an energetic cha-cha to Wham’s I’m Your Man! for their first routine.
Comedian and actress Jayde Adams and professional Karen Hauer are the show’s second same-sex couple, following in the footsteps of Katya Jones and Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams, who paired in 2020 .
Adams and Hauer received a standing ovation from judges Mabuse and Ballas after they performed a vibrant samba in Christina Aguilera’s Dirrty featuring Redman, knocking them out with a score of 23.
Seriously come dancing continues on BBC One.
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