Audience comes from the latin audire: to hear; nonetheless it is used in film, theatre and performance to describe what might naturally be called the spectators, as it is sight we tend to prioritise in these media.
One or more (typically more) individual(s) experiencing something that is presented to them. Typically, a group of individuals experiencing together, each having their own experience and also sharing a collective experience, at a performance of theatre, music, dance, etc, or the screening of a film. It is also used as a collective noun to refer to the remote and dispersed experiencers of television, ad campaigns etc. It can also be applied to the readership of a book, newspaper etc.edited 23 September, 2015 by Patricia Austin