Australian Survivor finale audience falls 300,000 on previous year

The finale of Ten’s Australian Survivor saw 787,000 metro viewers tune in to see Victoria’s Jericho Malabonga win the title of sole survivor, down nearly 300,000 metro viewers on last year’s finale.

In 2016, the announcement of Sydney’s Kristie Bennett as the winner attracted 1.082m metro viewers, defeating rival reality show The Block.

But this year neither the Survivor winner announcement, or the rest of the episode which was coded separately for the ratings system and drew 720,000 viewers, could beat The Block’s 1.192m audience.

However, according to the national figures Australian Survivor hit 1.010m viewers, while Nine’s the Block climbed to 1.766m.

The Survivor winner announcement was second for the night second across the 16-39 and 18-49 advertising demographics, while The Block placed first across all key demographics – 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s.

The disappointing result for Ten will lead to speculation on whether it will recommission a third series of the show. Last year, the network announced there would be another series before the finale had been aired. This year there has been no announcement on the series’ future.

Survivor was also hurt by competition from the do-or-die World Cup qualifier match on Nine’s digital channel Go, which saw the Socceroos snatch victory from Syria. The game averaged 497,000 metro viewers, one of the biggest audiences of the year for a secondary channel. 9Go’s share was 10.1% as a result, beating the ABC.

Nationally, the match managed 667,000.

However Australian Survivor did see off Seven’s First Dates Australia which ran in the same time slot with 482,000 metro viewers, and 796,000 national viewers.

Later in the evening was Seven’s 800 Words, which was down more than 20% from the 2016 series average – 730,000 – with a metro audience of 580,000.

Nationally the show attracted 1.024m.

It ran at the same time as The Big Bang Theory on Nine, which had 747,000 metro viewers and 1.097m.

The 6pm news battle saw Seven win the night with 925,000 metro viewers ahead of Nine’s metro audience of 855,000.

Seven News had 1.518m viewers ahead of Nine News’ 868,000, according to the national figures.

Nine won the night with an average audience share of 21.1%, beating Ten’s 15.5% and Seven’s 15.4%. ABC’s share was 9.6% while SBS had a share of 5.1%.


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