1.04m metro viewers tune in to see Australian Survivor crown its winner for 2019

Ten has had its best Survivor finale since 2016 with 1.04m metro viewers tuning in to watch Looking For Alibrandi actor Pia Miranda crowned the winner of Australian Survivor: Champions vs Contenders for 2019.

2018 saw 877,000 metro viewers tune in to see Shane Gould crowned, in 2017 787,000 watched Jericho Malabonga receive the crown and in 2016 – the first season since 2005 – Kristie Bennett was crowned to 1.082m metro viewers.

923,000 metro viewers watched the episode prior to the final moments, giving Ten the win in the timeslot over Nine’s The Block (857,000) and Seven’s Border Security: Australia’s Front Line (458,000) and The Force – Behind the Line (449,000).

Network 10’s chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said: “From the gameplay to the blindsides, the contestants to the challenges, we’ve really enjoyed bringing this season to audiences.

“The contestants gave it their all, right until the end. The final endurance challenge was the longest we’ve had across all seasons – six hours and 40 minutes. Congratulations to Baden Gilbert who secured his place in the final two after winning the challenge. And congratulations to our 2019 winner, Pia Miranda, for outwitting, outplaying and outlasting our phenomenal group of contestants.

“Pia played an incredible and understated game which ultimately won her the title of sole survivor in a unanimous vote. A very deserving winner.

“I’d like to extend thanks to our contestants who put everything on the line during the game, our brilliant production partners Endemol Shine Australia, excellent host Jonathan LaPaglia and everyone at 10 who worked tirelessly on sharing the Survivor story with the rest of Australia.”

The Survivor grand final winner announcement and final episode also topped the key advertising demographics – 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s – taking the top two spots in all three, followed by The Block. The Project also got a boost, with top four Survivor contestant Luke Toki appearing, and slipped into fourth position for the 16-39s and 18-49s.

Ten was overall the most-watched channel by metro audiences 25-54 (23.8% audience share), and 16-39 (27.5% share).

Seven News was still the most-watched program for the evening, bringing in 1.053m metro viewers, while 953,000 tuned in for Nine News. Home and Away was Seven’s most-watched entertainment program with 633,000 metro viewers.

ABC’s Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds brought 546,000 metro viewers to the broadcaster, beaten only by ABC News with 658,000.

Seven’s latest attempt at a reality dating show, The Proposal, fell to 185,000 metro viewers last night, down from 252,000 metro viewers last week and 307,000 for its premiere. The show has been moved to the 9:30pm slot after previously airing at 8:30pm.

Nine’s Seachange reboot is also suffering, dropping to 494,000 metro viewers last night. The show was a hit when it aired on the ABC in 1998 but has failed to maintain momentum in 2019, premiering to 787,000 in August and falling steadily since.

In the total audience share it was Nine’s night. It held a 19.9% share as a channel and had a 28.3% network audience share. Ten landed in second place as a channel (16.7%), narrowly beating Seven (16.3%) and topping ABC (12.5%). Seven managed to slip above Ten in the network audience shares, holding 24.9% above Ten’s 22.6% and ABC’s 17.0%.

Ten Bold was the most-watched multi-channel, holding a 3.5% share.


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