I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here pulls 1.098m viewers for opening night

Ten has secured its first big ratings win of the year, with 1.098m metro viewers tuning in for the ‘Opening Night’ segment of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, and 1.014m watching ‘Welcome to the Jungle’.

The segments are down on last year’s Opening Night which had 1.274m, and Welcome to the Jungle’s 1.108m, however the shows did top the ratings ladder last night and help Ten to a winning 20.8% audience share. 

Despite being down on last year, the viewing figures were up on 2017’s 1.103m for Opening Night and 963,000 for Welcome to the Jungle. In 2017, the show’s premiere was up against the Australian Open men’s final. This year, Ten brought the premiere of I’m A Celebrity forward.

The cast of I’m A Celebrity for 2019

With the addition of regional viewers, Opening Night for I’m A Celebrity had 1.441m, according to OzTAM’s preliminary overnight figures, and Welcome to the Jungle had 1.347m.

Ten said the launch exceeded expectations.

“We’re really happy with how I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here launched last night,” chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said. “A big thanks to the whole team, to Chris [Brown] and to Julia [Morris] and to our brave celebs for bringing us all the jungle fun so early.

“We really had to redefine [the] landscape for summer viewing this year, and early indications show there is a market for first-run entertainment now most of the country is back at work. We now it is early days, but we have lots more twists and turns, fun and frightening challenges and a few brilliant surprises coming in the next few weeks.”

Over on Seven, the most-watched show was Seven News, with 778,000 metro viewers and 1.154m across the country. News was also the most-watched show for Nine (882,000 metro and 1.099m nationally), and the ABC (614,000 metro and 916,000 total).

Seven’s broadcast of the Big Bash League clash between Melbourne Renegades and Brisbane Heat had 409,000 metro viewers for session one, 421,000 for the innings break, and 476,000 for session two.

The Perth Scorchers versus the Sydney Sixers had 463,000 for session one, 323,000 for the innings break, and 294,000 for session two.

Seven’s primary channel placed second to Ten, with an 18.4% audience share. Seven – which has four multi-channel’s compared to Ten’s two – did, however, manage to win on a network basis with 26.7%, over Network Ten’s 25.6%.

Nine’s primary channel had 14.9%, and the network finished on 24.6%. ABC had 10.9% and 15.0%, while SBS was on 5.6% and 8.1%.

Nine will be banking on bigger ratings today, with the launch of the Today Show’s new line-up, and the broadcast of day one of the Australian Open.


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