Australia’s Perfect Couple drags Nine down but Eddie nearly gets his first Hotseat win

Pressure is increasing on Nine to axe or move its reality show Australia’s Perfect Couple after its ratings declined again on Wednesday night.  

Australia's Perfect CoupleUntil Australia’s Perfect Couple came on, the network had performed solidly with audiences of 1.2m, 1.1m and 1.2m for Nine News, A Current Affair, and Two And A Half Men, according to preliminary ratings from OzTam.

But for the Jules Lund-hosted Australia’s Perfect Couple, the ratings fell off a cliff, virtually halving during the one hour show to an average 672,000. Once the programme – featuring couples taking part in challenges to decide who’s best – ended, much of the audience returned with RPA pulling in 1.1m.

The ratings for Australia’s Pefect Couple were the worst yet for the show, following an opening of 798,000 and 762,000 in its second outing.

There was one bright spot for Nine though. Eddie McGuire’s Millionnaire Hotseat (710,000) came within just 6000 viewers of Andrew O’Keefe on Deal Or No Deal (716,000), the closest the two games show have yet been

Ten also suffered on Wednesday, with weak ratings through the night. Not a single show on Ten rated more than a million, with the 8pm episode of the Simpsons coming closest with 999,000.

The network was beaten into fourth place by The ABC, driven by strong performances from Spicks & Specks, The Librarians and Toni Collette in United States of Tara.

But Seven was the best performer on Wednesday, with World’s Strictest Parents easily winning its timeslot and the network winning the night.

Last night’s share: Seven 28.6%; Nine 23.6%; ABC 21.8%; Ten 19.4%; SBS 6.6%

Wednesday’s top shows:

  1. Seven News Seven 1.5m
  2. Spicks and Specks ABC 1.5m
  3. World’s Strictest Parents Seven 1.5m
  4. Today Tonight Seven 1.3m
  5. Home and Away Seven 1.2m
  6. Two and a Half Men Nine 1.2m
  7. Nine News Nine 1.2m
  8. A Current Affair Nine 1.1m
  9. United States of Tara ABC 1.1m
  10. RPA Nine 1.1m
  11. The Librarians ABC 1.1m
  12. Criminal Minds Seven 1m
  13. ABC News ABC 1m
  14. The Simpsons 8pm Ten 1m
  15. The Simpsons 7:30pm Ten 1m

Seven already appears to have the week sewn up, with a share to date of 30.5%. Nine and Ten are languishing on 22.9% and 22.8%.


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