House Rules sheds 87,000 viewers, but remains on top of Sunday night TV

Seven’s House Rules may have shed 10% of its audience from last week without the much-publicised Barnaby Joyce interview drawing viewers to the network, but it was still the most-watched entertainment program on Sunday night television.

The show had 795,000 metro viewers, according to OzTAM’s overnight preliminary metro ratings – down from last week’s 882,000 – and also topped the key advertising demographics of 16 to 39s, 18 to 49s and 25 to 54s.

Josh and Brandon on Seven’s chart-topping House Rules

Nine’s The Voice – which last night held its semi-final round with nine contestants slashed to four – was behind House Rules with 756,000. The Voice was also down 7% on last week’s audience of 816,000 metro viewers.

Ten’s Masterchef placed third in the reality franchise battle between the free-to-air commercial networks, drawing in 622,000 metro viewers – a significant 20% decline on last week’s 781,000.

Some of the audience declines could be attributed to the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, which gave all states and territories except Western Australia and Queensland a three-day break this weekend. Western Australia and Queensland celebrate later in the year.

In the nightly news battle, Seven News was on top with 1.064m across the five metro markets, ahead of Nine News’ 969,000.

The ABC’s most-watched program was ABC News with 679,000, while its most-popular entertainment offering was Mystery Road, which sat at 600,000.

Nine very narrowly won the night, with its primary channel securing 21.0% of the audience – marginally ahead of Seven’s 20.9%.

However, once the network’s multi-channel offerings were added to the mix – including Seven’s multi-channel-topping 7mate which had 6.0% of the audience – Seven Network was the clear leader with 32.9%. Nine Network had 29.6%.

Ten’s main channel was in third position with 11.5%, ahead of ABC’s 11.3%. However this too switched once multi-channels were factored in, with ABC Network jumping to 15.7% – up slightly on Ten Network’s 15.6%.

SBS’ main channel had 4.2%, while on a network level is had 6.1%.


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