Australian Ninja Warrior drops to 879,000 metro viewers, still dominates key demographics

After premiering to 1.01m metro viewers on Monday night, Nine’s Australian Ninja Warrior has dipped for its second outing, bringing in 879,000 last night.

But Ninja Warrior was still the most-watched show in all three of the key advertising demographics, topping 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s, followed by Masterchef which held second place in all three.

The show is also still tracking higher than it did in 2018 when the second episode brought in 831,000 metro viewers. That night it was up against Masterchef which pulled 830,000 and House Rules on 768,000. Last night, in the same prime-time battle 12 months later, Masterchef brought in 630,000 metro viewers for Ten, while Seven’s House Rules delivered 552,000 – both significantly down on last year.

The strong performance of Ninja Warrior gave Nine the overall audience share win with metro audiences aged 25-54 and 16-39, with the channel holding a 25.1% and 25.0% audience share respectively.

Again it was Seven News that was the most-watched overall, bringing in 1.059m for the first half and 993,000 for the second, which airs as Today Tonight in some cities. Nine News delivered 883,000.

ABC News brought in 605,000 metro viewers for the broadcaster and 451,000 tuned in for 7.30.

344,000 metro viewers watched the ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final between India and New Zealand on 9Gem, while Seven’s Wimbledon coverage which aired at 10pm on 7Two brought in 150,000.

Andrew Denton’s Interview, in which the titular host interviewed 18-year-old explorer Jade Hameister, brought in 347,000 for Seven, and 278,000 tuned in for Todd Sampson’s Body Hack on Ten.

Nine took the audience share win overall as a channel, holding 22.7% over Seven’s 18.4%, Ten’s 11.3% and ABC’s 8.5%. Nine Network also held onto the top spot in the network audience share, taking a 31.1% slice of the pie, above Seven’s 28.4%, Ten’s 18.0% and ABC’s 13.1%. 7Two was the most-watched multi-channel with 4.0%.


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