First Dates draws 738,000 for gay couple debut; Long Lost Family achieves 564,000

Last night’s episode of First Dates drew 738,000 metro viewers on Seven for the debut of the reality show’s first gay couple, psychic medium Harry and remedial massage therapist Ian.

Gay couple First DatesThat result was down on last week, when the show drew 754,000 viewers, but lifted as online viewers became aware that one of the show’s other participants, Jemma Clark, was a former Playboy model and convicted cocaine dealer.

The result came as Ten’s new family reunification show, Long Lost Family, drew an audience of 564,000 viewers on debut – down on the 775,000 viewers I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! drew last week. 

According to OzTAM Preliminary Ratings, My Kitchen Rules again won the 7:30pm time-slot with 1.307m, while The Embassy performed poorly with just 450,000 viewers to come fourth in the time-slot.

In the news race, Seven won both the 6:00pm and 6:30pm bulletins with 1.016m and 956,000, respectively, while Nine had 956,000 and 936,000 viewers.

In main channel audience, Seven won the night with 25.2%, Nine 15%, the ABC 11.8%, and Ten 11.7%.



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