ARIAs down on last year’s anniversary special as the awards return to Nine

The first ARIA Awards aired on Nine in more than seven years fell slightly from last year’s 30th anniversary performance, with 515,000 metro viewers tuning in last night.

It was announced in July this year the 31st annual ARIA Awards would return to Nine after six consecutive years with commercial rival, Channel Ten.

Last year the Australian music awards attracted 586,000 metro viewers. However, last night’s awards were up on the year prior – which had an audience of 461,000.

Looking to the combined regional and metro figures, the ARIA Awards attracted 708,000.

Seven’s Instant Hotel, which ran in an earlier time slot against the ARIAs, had 608,000 metro viewers and 1.012m nationally, and Ten’s Jamie’s Night Before Christmas repeat averaged 401,000 metro viewers and 568,000 across Australia.

The later time slot was won by Seven’s The Good Doctor, which was the highest ratings program of Tuesday night with 1.047m metro viewers. It topped the key advertising demographics – 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54, and beat Ten’s NCIS which had 359,000 metro viewers.

Nationally, The Good Doctor attracted 1.622m.

Seven also won the 6pm news battle, averaging 927,000 metro viewers over Nine News’ 868,000 metro viewers.

ABC’s highest rated program was ABC News, with 728,000 metro viewers.

With the help of its news offering and The Good Doctor, Seven won the night with a 23% main channel average audience share over Nine’s 17%.

Ten had a share of 11.7% while the ABC and SBS reported shares of 9.9% and 6.5% respectively.


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