Australia’s Got Talent launches to 814,000, but is unable to topple Australian Ninja Warrior

Australia’s Got Talent returned to Seven on Sunday night with a new lineup of hosts including My Kitchen Rules’ Manu Feildel, actor and Full Monty host Shane Jacobson, US singer Nicole Scherzinger, and performer Lucy Durack. The show drew 814,000 metro viewers for its premiere, meaning it was the second most-watched entertainment show of the evening.

The top spot, both in the entertainment category and overall, went to Australian Ninja Warrior on Nine. It brought in 1.15m metro viewers, higher than its premiere of 1.01m at the beginning of July and the biggest episode for the show so far this season.

In the same prime-time slot, Australian Survivor was watched by 562,000 metro viewers for Ten, a 150,000 drop from the second episode which aired to 712,000 metro viewers. However, Survivor did well in the three key advertising demographics, taking second spot in the 16-39s and 18-49s behind Ninja Warrior. Nine News held second place in the 25-54s, again behind Ninja which nabbed the top spot.

Nine held the top spot overall in metro audiences 25-54, sitting on a 28.2% audience share. The channel also topped 18-49 metro audiences with 26.7%.

While the 7:30pm prime-time slot was the most-watched for Nine and Ten, Seven’s biggest drawcard was Seven News with 1.106m viewers. Nine News brought in 976,000 and ABC News 637,000.

The Planets delivered 489,000 metro viewer to ABCs.

Seven’s Sunday AFL coverage of the Sydney Swans vs the Geelong Cats which aired on Seven in Melbourne and Adelaide, and 7Mate in Sydney, the Gold Coast Suns vs the Essendon Bombers which aired on 7Mate in Brisbane, and the Western Bulldogs vs the Fremantle Dockers which aired on Seven in Perth, brought in a collective 331,000 metro viewers, 191,000 of whom were from Melbourne.

Over on Nine it was the NRL, with the Penrith Panthers taking on the Canberra Raiders which aired in Sydney and Brisbane to 283,000 metro viewers.

Australian Ninja Warrior helped Nine to an overall audience share win for the evening. The channel held 25.1%, sitting above Seven’s 21.8%, ABC’s 12.4% and Ten’s 9.6%. In the network audience share, Nine held 33.7%, Seven 29.2%, ABC 16.9% and Ten 14.1%.

Nine’s Go was the most-watched secondary channel with a 4.0% share.


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