Viewers slam The Wall, but can't stop watching

The internet has not been kind to the Seven Network's new show The Wall.

Social media punters have slammed the family-friendly game show and questioned why they turned on the telly to watch - in their own words - people screaming at a series of balls being dropped from the ceiling.

But the ice-cold response didn't stop almost 1 million Australians from tuning in on Monday, with The Wall's debut winning its primetime slot to become the most-watched non-news program of the day. Around 970,000 people tuned in across Australia's major cities, beating Nine's Family Food Fight by more than 300,000 sets of eyes.

The show was also a hit outside of the major cities, with a combined average metro and regional audience of 1.55 million people.

The original format, produced by NBA superstar LeBron James, was also a hit when it made its United States debut last year. An average 6.77 million viewers tuned in, with French, Canadian, German and Spanish versions currently in the works.

Seven bought the rights to the Australian iteration earlier this year in the hope of bolstering its quiz show offerings after the success of The Chase Australia, which is a consistent ratings winner.

While Seven execs will be happy with the numbers The Wall has managed to pull so far, some people were harder to please.

"This show is so lacklustre my eight-year-old voluntarily went to bed for the first time ever," one dissatisfied viewer wrote.

"Times are tough when we're watching balls drop for evening entertainment," wrote another.

A positive social media response isn't key to a TV show's success, however. Despite Seven's Yummy Mummies having a dedicated online following, the first season effectively crashed and burned in the ratings - leaving the network to admit it was disappointed.

This story Viewers slam The Wall, but can't stop watching first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.