Hughesy, We Have a Problem premieres with 632,000 metro viewers

The premiere of Ten’s new panel show Hughesy, We Have A Problem, premiered with 632,000 metro viewers last night.

Hughesy, We Have A Problem, is hosted by comedian and Hit Network’s drive show radio co-host Dave Hughes, and sees him and the panel give ‘advice’ to viewers.

The show ran just ahead of Seven’s popular American drama The Good Doctor, which had a metro audience of 1.014m. The Good Doctor was the most-watched drama on Australian television last year.

Meanwhile in the earlier time slot, the competition heated up between Nine’s Married at First Sight and Seven’s My Kitchen Rules, which reported metro audiences of 907,000 and 1.062m respectively.

A gap of 155,000 now sits between the two shows.

On Monday night when the shows premiered, My Kitchen Rules had 1.182m viewers, down from last year’s 1.309m. Nine’s Married had 912,000 metro viewers, up from 2017’s premiere episode which pulled 820,000.

However, looking at the key advertising demographics, Nine is taking the lead over Seven, with Married at First Sight topping all key advertising demographics (16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s).

My Kitchen Rules sat second across the key ad demographics, while Ten’s I’m A Celebrity placed third.

The biggest audiences for Married at First Sight and My Kitchen Rules comes from the 25-54s. The audiences were 470,000 and 455,000.

Bernard Tomic’s abrupt departure from Ten’s I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here saw the show pull 852,000 across the five metro cities.

On Monday night, the show had 858,000 metro viewers.

Looking at Video Player Measurement (VPM) numbers, Married at First Sight’s first episode is leading, at 55,000. Meanwhile the first episode of Ten’s I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here has attracted an additional audience of 30,000 and the first episode of My Kitchen Rules has attracted an additional 27,000.

In news, it was Seven which defeated Nine last night with 1.015m metro viewers tuning in at 6pm. It was the only news program with an audience above 1m. Nine News’ audience was 895,000. ABC News averaged 671,000 and Ten’s alternative news offering, The Project  managed 599,000 in its second half hour.

Over on the multi-channels ABC2’s Peter Rabbit won the day with 196,000 viewers.

With a strong total audience performance from My Kitchen Rules and The Good Doctor, Seven won the night with a main channel share of 25.4%. It was ahead of Nine’s 20%, Ten’s 16%, ABC’s 9.8% and SBS’ 3.6%.


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