First Dates steals the night from ARIA Awards despite 30th anniversary ratings boost

Ten’s 2016 ARIA Awards enjoyed a ratings surge last night for its 30th anniversary broadcast with 586,000 people tuning in to watch the Australian music awards, an improvement on last year’s 461,000.aria-awards-30th-anniversary-logo-2016

Airing at 7:30pm the ARIA’s was Wednesday night’s 10th most watched show, enjoying its biggest audience since 2010. The rise was not enough to beat Seven’s First Dates, airing in the same time slot, which beat the ARIA’s with 663,000 viewers, down on last week’s 758,000.

First Dates was also the most watched program across all metro main demographics, according to OzTAM overnight metro ratings.

Nine’s RBT positioned at number 12 managed 559,000 in the same time slot.

In the 7:00pm time slot Seven’s Home and Away was the most watched non-news program with 673,000 viewers tuning in.

Also at 7:00pm, Ten’s The Project achieved 622,000 while Nine’s A Current Affair attracted 686,000.

In the news battle ground Seven’s News was the most watched program for the night, recording an audience of 1.009m at 6:00pm – up on last week’s 949,000. Nine News saw 817,000 tune in at 6:00pm, falling off to 803,000 at 6:30pm.

Seven took total audience share with 18.3%, ahead of Ten at 16%, Nine at 15.4%, ABC at 11.7% and SBS at 5.1%.


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