Karl Stefanovic’s TV return delivers 686,000 metro viewers

After being ousted from the Today show at the end of 2018, Karl Stefanovic’s This Time Next Year has seen him return to screens on Nine, with 686,000 metro viewers tuning in for the premiere.

That’s a significant drop from 2017’s launch episode which brought in 1.282m metro viewers. The show, which kicked off at 8.40pm last night, landed in second place for the timeslot, coming in behind Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention? which delivered 735,000.

Ten’s comedy panel show also helped the network to a win across the three key advertising demographics. It was the most-watched by the 16-39s, the 18-49s and the 25-54s, while Australian Survivor held the second spot in the younger two also. Nine’s The Block held second place in the 25-54s.

This Time Next Year is based on a British show of the same title and sees Australians vow to change their lives over the course of a year. It ran for eight episodes in 2017, closing out to 803,000 viewers, and didn’t return for 2018.

Leading in to the episode, 842,000 metro viewers watched The Block, which followed 819,000 for A Current Affair.

Taking into account regional viewing too, This Time Last Year attracted an average overnight audience of 951,000.

Nine took the primary channel win for the evening, holding 21.4% of the audience above Seven’s 19.4%, Ten’s 14.6% and ABC’s 13.5%.

Overall, again, the most-watched show of the evening was Seven News with 1.063m metro viewers against Nine News’ 964,000.

The 7.30pm battle saw Nine lead with The Block which went up against Australian Survivor, with 711,000 metro viewers, and Australia’s Got Talent on Seven with 679,000. ABC’s 7.30 brought in 618,000 while Four Corners, which aired against Have You Been Paying Attention? and This Time Next Year delivered 593,000. In the same slot, Seven’s The Rookie brought in 428,000.

The overall network audience shares also saw Nine take the win on 28.5%, followed by Seven Network with 27.3%, Ten with 19.7% and 17.6% for ABC. 7mate was the most-watched multi-channel with 3.3%.


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