600,000 metro viewers watch final leaders’ debate on ABC

Exactly 600,000 metro viewers tuned into the final debate between current Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and Prime Ministerial hopeful Bill Shorten which went to air on the ABC at 7:30pm last night, according to OzTAM’s preliminary overnight ratings.

This was ahead of Seven’s prime-time offering of House Rules, which collected 586,000 metro viewers, but behind Ten’s Masterchef, which had 664,000, and Nine’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation’s 628,000.

Once national figures were added to the mix, House Rules won the prime-time battle with 975,000, followed by the Leaders’ Debate (882,000), Masterchef (880,000), and Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation (856,000).

Masterchef also won against Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation in the 16-39 and 18-49 demographics. However, in the 25-54 demographic, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation came out on top, just pulling ahead of Masterchef’s 336,000 metro viewers with 339,000.

The most-watched program in both the cities and nationally was Seven News, which drew 1.020m in the metro markets and 1.617m overall.

Nine’s news offering had 946,000 metro viewers and 1.255m nationally. Nine’s A Current Affair had 786,000 metro viewers.

Ten’s Masterchef won the 7:30 slot in the metro markets

Masterchef’s performance wasn’t enough to make Ten competitive in the audience share battle, coming in with 18.8%. The performance of ABC programs such as the Leaders’ Debate and You Can’t Ask That saw the public broadcaster pull ahead of Ten with 19.3% audience share.

Overall, Seven won the evening with a primary channel share of 19.6%, ahead of Nine’s 19.0%.

10 Bold was the most-watched multi-channel, with 4.7% – ahead of SBS’ primary channel share of 4.4% – helping Network Ten to an overall 18.8% network share.

This, however, didn’t change the rankings, with Seven Network winning on 27.8%, ahead of Nine Network’s 27.6% and ABC’s 19.3%. SBS Network had 6.5%.


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