First Contact grabs decent audience for SBS as Dancing with the Stars tops entertainment

SBS One enjoyed an audience boost last night thanks to its new documentary First Contact, which pulled in a respectable audience of 433,000 at 8.30pm for the network on yet another night where no show broke the 1m viewer mark.

Seven won the night with an audience share of 20.3 per cent courtesy of Dancing with the Stars which was the evening’s most watched non-news program with 908,000 viewers tuning in for the two-hour show from 7.30pm according to OzTam’s metro overnight ratings.

The reality show boosted its audience from last week’s 886,000 and trumped Nine’s offering of David Attenborough’s Life in the 7.30pm timeslot which was watched by 643,000. Both shows out-rated Ten’s Recipe to Riches which saw its audience tumble to 466,000 from 523,000 last week.

Seven was also well ahead of Nine in terms of audience share, with Nine settling for a share of 16.6 per cent, ahead of Ten’s share of 14.6 per cent while the ABC settled for an audience share of 11.2 per cent.

Meanwhile SBS One boosted its share from 4.7 last week to 5.6 per cent, thanks largely to the Ray Martin fronted show which immerses a group of six non-Indigenous Australians with strong opinions about Indigenous people into Aboriginal Australia for the first time.  Last night also saw the final ever Dateline under host of 20 years Anjali Rao, which got 156,000 viewers, with the show set to undergo a format over next year.

In the 8.30pm timeslot, Big Brother grabbed an audience of 525,000 and was the most watched show amongst people aged 16 – 39. Ten’s NCIS beat the reality show, pulling an audience of 764,000.

Mrs Brown’s Boys, on Seven at 9.30pm, was watched by 475,000 viewers but was out-rated by Ten’s NCIS: Los Angeles which had an audience of 563,000.

Meanwhile on the ABC, 7.30 had an audience of 637,000, Kitchen Cabinet at 8pm was watched by 468,000 and a repeat of Family Confidential at 8.30pm grabbed an audience of 293,000.

In news, Nine won the night, with Nine News from 6.30pm the most watched show of the evening with an audience of 968,000 having built upon its 6pm audience of 958,000. Nine News at 6.30pm was the most watched show amongst the 18 – 49 and 25 – 54 demographics.

Seven News at 6pm was watched by 965,000 with the second half at 6.30pm or Today Tonight dropping to 928,000 viewers.

Top 15 Shows

1 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 968,000
2 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 965,000
3 NINE NEWS Network 9 958,000
4 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 928,000
5 DANCING WITH THE STARS Network 7 908,000
6 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 830,000
7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 809,000
8 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 782,000
9 NCIS Network TEN 674,000
10 DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S LIFE Network 9 643,000
11 7.30-EV Network ABC 637,000
12 NCIS: LOS ANGELES Network TEN 563,000
13 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 548,000
14 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 529,000
15 BIG BROTHER -TUE Network 9 525,000

Daily Share

Network 7 20.3%
Network 9 16.6%
Network TEN 14.6%
Network ABC 11.2%
Network SBS ONE 5.6%
Network GO! 5.2%
Network Gem 5.1%
Network 7TWO 5.0%
Network 7mate 3.5%
Network ELEVEN 3.5%
Network ABC2 2.9%
Network ONE 2.7%
Network ABC News 24 1.3%
Network SBS 2 0.9%
Network ABC3 0.8%
Network NITV 0.7%

Total Audience Share

Network 7 TTL 28.8%
Network 9 TTL 26.9%
Network TEN TTL 20.8%
Network ABC TTL 16.2%
Network SBS TTL 7.3%

Ratings data is copyright OzTAM and may not be reproduced, published or communicated without the prior written consent of OzTAM.


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