After struggling with mixed ratings last year, Downton Abbey returned to Seven last night for its final season, attracting 842,000 viewers despite the fact the series finished in the UK last year.
Last year the show battled to perform as live ratings slipped, but the series performed well with catch-up audiences where it managed to build on its initial showings, and its return to screens this year at 9:00pm saw it improve on its debut last year when it drew 772,000, well down from the previous year’s debut of 1.125m.
My Kitchen Rules dominated the night for Seven at 7:30pm, drawing 1.687m viewers as the chefs headed to Bali to try their hands cooking with spice.
Over on Nine, Australia’s Got Talent at 7:35pm lost more than 100,000 viewers, slipping from 851,000 last week to 736,000, while I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! on Ten at 7:30pm also lost viewers, down from 735,000 to 682,000, despite the continuing rants of cricketer Shane Warne.
Nine’s The Farmer Wants a Wife at 8:53pm also struggled, dropping t0 557,000 from 668,000 the previous week, outperformed by shows such as Media Watch on the ABC at 9:15pm (655,000) and The Project on Ten at 7:00pm (652,000).
Both Seven and Nine’s news programming, including Today Tonight, drew audiences in excess of 1 million.
Overall, Seven won the night with 28.4% ahead of Nine at 16.9%, The ABC at 14.5%, Ten at 13.3% and SBS at 3%.