RATINGS WRAP | Outback Murder Special and strong AFL helps Seven win another week

Week 29 of the TV ratings year has now been run and won and for the sixth straight week, victory has been claimed by the Seven Network.

In what’s quickly becoming a familiar story, Seven was the Nb1 network and primary channel powered by its News, Multi-channels and AFL.

Seven got its week off to a massive start with the Sunday night Peter Falconio news special, Murder In The Outback achieving a national audience of 1.645 Million nationally (1.033)

As it approaches its finale, MasterChef Australia was the #1 entertainment franchise across the week with the Monday night episode watched by an average national audience of 1.35 million (1.05 million metro).

Have You Been Paying Attention? also continues to perform strongly with 1.12 million viewers nationally. (856k metro). The return of Hard Quiz on the ABC had a national audience of 999k (707k metro).

The Voice had its best night on Tuesday with an average national audience of 1.043 million (739k metro)

With MasterChef wrapping up for the year, 10’s hopes now sit with Bachelor In Paradise. After months of publicity, the series premiered on Wednesday night to a slightly underwhelming 640,000 viewers nationally (507k metro).

The second episode on Thursday night held steady at 633,000 viewers nationally (501k metro). Commenting on the launch, 10’s head of programming Daniel Monaghan stated:

“We’re pleased with how Australians have welcomed the launch of season three of Bachelor In Paradise. It was the #1 show last night among 16 to 39s, set social media ablaze and generated countless water-cooler moments – even if it’s the virtual water cooler this time around.

“This season will continue to captivate viewers, with cheeky fan favourites and plenty of drama finding its way onto the island. I’m confident Bachelor In Paradise will provide the fix of tropical escapism Australia needs right now.”

Thursday night’s Geelong v Collingwood AFL match was the top sport of the week, scoring a free-to-air audience of 898k national/ 695k metro on Seven/7mate.

The metro audience effectively doubled the NRL’s free-to-air audience for the Grand Final replay between Canberra and the Sydney Roosters (351,000 metro on Nine/9Gem).

It was a similar story on Friday night with an average metro audience of 619,000 tuning in for Western Bulldogs vs Essendon, a whopping 83 per cent more than the NRL’s free-to-air coverage (338,000).

Seven’s average audience in Melbourne topped 400,000 on both Thursday and Friday night, beating the NRL’s entire metro audience by 88,000 and 70,000 respectively. In contrast, no NRL market averaged more than 210,000 on either night.

The return of A-League football on Friday night would have been a significant disappointment for Fox Sports with just 12,000 viewers nationally tuning in.

7NEWS was the top show nationally every night, with Monday-Friday at 6.00 averaging 1.807m national/ 1.173m metro. Nine News was the winner in the key three East Coast metro markets

Sunrise continued its dominance at breakfast, winning every morning, with Monday-Friday averaging 459k national / 269k. ABC News Breakfast finished in second place (averaged across two channels) with Today in third.

Home and Away was the top Australian drama averaging 1.066m national / 667k metro Monday-Thursday.

Better Homes and Gardens was the top lifestyle show, with an audience of 934k national / 556k metro on Friday night, while The Living Room had an audience of 580,000 viewers nationally (418k metro)

Week 29 Network and Channel Shares

Seven Network – 29.5%

  • Seven – 21.1%
  • 7TWO – 3.3%
  • 7mate – 3.4%
  • 7flix – 1.8%

Nine Network – 27.4%

  • Nine – 19.1%
  • 9Go – 2.5%
  • 9Gem – 2.5%
  • 9Life – 2.1%
  • 9Rush – 1.1%

10 Network – 19.0%

  • 10 – 12.8%
  • 10Bold – 3.9%
  • 10Peach – 2.3%

ABC Network – 16.0%

  • ABC – 11.5%
  • Kids/Comedy – 2.2%
  • ABC Me 0.6%
  • ABC News – 1.7%

SBS Network – 9.4%

  • SBS – 5.8%
  • Viceland – 1.6%
  • SBS Food – 0.9%
  • NITV – 0.1%
  • World Movies 1.0%
Kevin Perry
Co-Creator and Editor of the TV Blackbox website, Kevin Perry is an experienced media commentator focused on TV Production, Consumer Tech, SVOD & Sports Broadcasting. | Call/Text 0428 275 111

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