Australia’s Perfect Couple stinks up Nine’s Wednesday ratings

Nine appears to have another reality contest turkey on its hands after the second week of Australia’s Perfect Couple saw its ratings sink lower.  

The show’s audience fell from 798,000 viewers last week to 762,000 viewers on Wednesday night, according to preliminary ratings from OzTam.

It was beaten in its timeslot by Seven’s World’s Strictest Parents (1.6m); and Ten’s double episodes of the Simpsons (around 1m). The flop follows Nine’s dalliance with renovation contest Home Made and even more shortlived Dance Your Ass Off.

However, it wasn’t the only show giving programmers headaches. Ten’s The 7pm Project slumped to 701,000 – down on the previous night’s 786,000 and its second worst audience to date.

Meanwhile, the ABC offered stiff competition for the commercial networks last night. The final episode of The Chaser’s War on Everything and Spicks And Specks both pulled in just under 1.5m, while The United States of Tara – featuring Toni Collette as a housewife with multiple personalities – reached an average of 1.3m.

In Sydney, both Ten and Nine finished the night behind the ABC.

Wednesday night’s five city share: Seven 28.6%; Nine 24.4%; ABC 22.4%; Ten 19.1%; SBS 5.5%.

Wednesday’s most watched TV shows:

  1. Seven News Seven 1.6m
  2. World’s Strictest Parents Seven 1.6m
  3. Spicks and Specks ABC 1.5m
  4. The Chaser’s War on Everything ABC 1.5m
  5. Today Tonight Seven 1.4m
  6. Home and Away Seven 1.3m
  7. United States of Tara ABC 1.3m
  8. Two and a Half Men Nine 1.3m
  9. Nine News Nine 1.2m
  10. A Current Affair Nine 1.1m

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