Australian Survivor premieres to 807,000 metro viewers, a 13% increase on 2018

The tribe has spoken and Australian Survivor has returned to 2019 with a 13% increase on 2018’s premiere figure. Drawing 807,000 metro viewers, it was the most-watched entertainment program for Wednesday night, and helped Ten to a 16.6% audience share.

The show also topped all three of the key advertising demographics – 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s. It was Ten’s biggest Australian Survivor launch of all time, as 2018 itself was an increase on 2017.

“Last night’s Australian Survivor launch was a fantastic start to what we believe is the best season yet,” said Ten’s chief content officer Beverley McGarvey.

“A huge thanks and congratulations to the all the competitors, Jonathan and the brilliant team behind the scenes who have put together yet another amazing season. These contestants really are here to play and we can’t wait to share more of what’s to come.”

Despite success for the show, which again is running the Champions vs Contenders setup that saw former-Olympian Shane Gould win in 2018, Seven took the biggest audience share overall, holding 19.3% as a channel and 25.9% as a network.

That was partly due to the ongoing success of Seven News, which was again the most-watched program with 1.084m metro viewers tuning in. Home and Away was its most-watched entertainment program with 652,000 metro viewers, and in the 7.30pm primetime slot it ran Britain’s Got Talent for 652,000 metro viewers.

Nine News drew in 902,000 metro viewers, making it the most-watched for the network, with Hot Seat the biggest entertainment program on 556,000. The second most popular entertainment show for the night was ABC’s Anh’s Brush With Fame. 722,000 metro viewers tuned in to watch the comedian paint Seachange actor David Wenham.

Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell, which broadcast the correct episode this week after a snafu last week saw ABC air the episode from the week prior, brought in 607,000 metro viewers.

Ten was the most-watched channel overall by metro audiences in the 25-54 bracket, holding a 23.2% audience share. The channel also held a significant lead in the 16-39 bracket with 29.3%.

Overall in audience share, Nine held the second spot behind Seven, edging just ahead of Ten with a 16.8% share over Ten’s 16.6%. ABC held 12.2%. In the networks, Ten pushed past Nine, holding 24.2% over Nine’s 24.0%, but both were behind Seven’s 25.9%. ABC Network held 16.8%. The most-watched multi-channel was Ten Bold with 4.9%.


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