Australian Ninja Warrior continues ratings dominance with 1.527m metro viewers

Nine continues to benefit from its investment in the Ninja Warrior franchise, once again topping the ratings ladder on Monday night.

Former star of The Bachelor Tim Robards crashed out and was unable to make the semi finals | Source: 9Now

The final episode of the initial heats, which saw former star of The Bachelor Tim Robards compete for a place in the semi-finals, was the most-watched program of the night with 1.527m metro viewers, according to OzTAM’s overnight preliminary metro ratings. 

The show also pulled 2.171m national viewers and was also the most-watched program across the key advertising demographics 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.

The success of the episode, combined with Nine’s news offerings, gave it an average audience share for the night of 26.8%. Seven was in second place with 16.9%, ahead of Ten’s 14.2%, ABC’s 13.0% and SBS’ 3.5%.

Tonight will see Nine broadcast the first of Australian Ninja Warrior’s semi-finals, as the show heads towards the middle of its concentrated three-week run.

Ten’s most-watched program for the evening was Masterchef Australia, which is also barrelling towards its finale. The episode had 853,000 metro viewers, putting it in seventh overall, and placed third across the demographics. Nationally, Masterchef had 1.170m.

Despite placing eighth overall on the ratings ladder, thanks to a metro audience of 779,000, Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention? was second behind Ninja Warrior in the 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s. The show was in ninth nationally with 1.072m viewers.

Seven had a number of shows in the top 10. Seven News was second (1.116m metro), Seven News/Today Tonight at 6:30pm in third (1.083m), and Home & Away in 10th (759,000).  Home & Away jumped to fifth on the national ladder, which also factors in numbers from affiliate broadcasters, with 1.254m.

In 28th place for the night was Foxtel’s Game of Thrones, which had a metro audience of 323,000. The subscription television platform was slammed overnight as viewers reacted to its new streaming service Foxtel Now crashing as they tried to access the show.


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