ABC’s line-up of 7.30, Australian Story and Four Corners beats Hell’s Kitchen and Australian Survivor

The national broadcaster’s news and current affairs line-up last night trumped Seven’s struggling reality franchise Hell’s Kitchen and Ten’s Australian Survivor.

Last night Four Corners investigated Australia’s ‘housing bubble’

It was also a strong showing for Nine – which easily won the night with a 23.2% audience share – with The Block, Nine News, A Current Affair and Karl Stefanovic’s This Time Next Year all appearing in the top 10 programs list.

The most-watched program on Monday evening was The Block with 1.139m metro viewers, according to OzTAM’s overnight preliminary metro ratings, however its main competitors – Ten’s Australian Survivor and Seven’s Hell’s Kitchen were much further down the list.

Australian Survivor placed 16th for the night with a metro audience of 611,000. Hell’s Kitchen was in 19th with 529,000.

Whilst this isn’t the lowest audience yet for Hell’s Kitchen, according to the overnight preliminary metro ratings, after last Tuesday 15 August’s episode pulled 527,000 metro viewers – it is the lowest Monday night audience.

Seven’s Hell’s Kitchen has struggled to compete with Nine’s The Block

Monday 7 August, its second episode, had 615,000 and last week’s Monday night epiosde had 607,000.

Both franchises were beaten by the ABC’s news and current affairs line-up. Four Corners at 8:30pm, with an exploration of Australia’s real estate obsession and whether the ‘bubble’ is about to burst, was ninth on the ratings ladder with 739,000. Australian Story at 8pm was 11th with 671,000 (just behind Seven’s most-watched entertainment show for the evening, Home & Away, which had 725,000) and 7.30 was 12th with 665,000.

ABC’s Media Watch also pulled more viewers than Hell’s Kitchen – although they screened at different times. The show came in at 17th on the ladder with 594,000 metro viewers.

Ten’s shows however, performed well across the key advertising demographics.The Block topped 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-542, but Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention? – which was Ten’s most-watched show for the evening in 14th with 641,000 viewers – was second in 16-39 and 18-49. The comedy quiz show was third in 25-54s.

Australian Survivor was third in 16-39 and fourth in 18-49. It did not appear in the top five for 25-54s.

Ten’s Australian Survivor cast

Nine’s This Time Next Year was the second-most-watched non-news program of the evening, placing seventh overall with 800,000 metro viewers, fifth across the 18-49 demographic and fourth in 25-54s.

Overall, thanks largely to Seven News and Home & Away, Seven placed second for the night in terms of overall audience share with 17.2%, ahead of ABC’s 14.1% and Ten’s 12.7%. SBS has 4.5%


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