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1.34m metro viewers tune in to see Australian Ninja Warrior crown its 2019 champion

1.34m metro viewers were watching Nine last night when Australian Ninja Warrior’s grand final saw gymnast and golfer Charlie Robbins take home $100,000 and the win the title for 2019.

The winner’s announcement came at the end of the episode which kicked off at 7:30pm and brought in 1.22m viewers. 2018’s final episode brought in 1.14m, a fall from 2017 when the finale pulled a significant 2.14m metro viewers. 

Previous seasons have caused some frustrations with viewers, after no contenders made it to the top of Mount Midoriyama to claim the ultimate prize. This left 2017 and 2018’s seasons without winners. This year, Nine advertised that this season would indeed see a final winner.

Robbins, however, didn’t actually make it to the end of the course – which would have seen him win $300,000 instead – causing some viewers to question the process.

Nine promised a winner for 2019’s season and there has been some debate about whether that was misleading as Mount Midoriyama was not conquered

There will still be another episode of Ninja Warrior tonight, with Nine airing Ninja Warrior Australia vs the World which will see how Australia’s champions fare against those from around the world. It will go up against The All New Monty on Seven and Australian Survivor on Ten.

Nine took the top two spots in the key advertising demographics of 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s with both the winner announcement and the Ninja Warrior episode, while Australian Survivor took third in the younger two demographics, and Have You Been Paying Attention? took third spot in the older.

Have You Been Paying Attention? brought in 673,000 metro viewers overall while 655,000 tuned in to Australian Survivor, a jump back up from a low of 562,000 on Sunday night.

Nine held top spot in the metro audiences 25-54 with a commanding 27.5% audience share, while Ten edged ahead in the 16-39 metro audiences with 27.3%.

Australia’s Got Talent fell to 630,000 from Sunday night’s premiere of 814,000, behind even Home and Away, which was the most-watched entertainment program for Seven, bringing in 707,000 metro viewers.

But it was Seven News that took the top spot for the channel overall, drawing in 1.10m metro viewers for the first half and 1.02m for the second, which airs as Today Tonight in some cities. Nine News brought in 953,000, while ABC News drew 678,000.

The ABC’s other winner was Back Roads which brought in 637,000 metro viewers.

With the success of Australian Ninja Warrior it’s no surprise Nine took the biggest audience share for the night overall, holding 25.0% of the viewership over Seven’s 17.6%, Ten’s 14.4% and ABC’s 12.3%.

In the network shares it was the same story with Nine holding 31.8% above Seven’s 25.4%, Ten’s 18.9% and ABC’s 16.0%. 7Mate was the most-watched multi-channel on 3.3%.

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