Love Child wins 1.35m as Seven’s Revenge falls to 862,000

Love ChildNine’s anticipated new drama Love Child won 1.354m metro viewers for the first episode last night finishing the second most watched show of the night as My Kitchen Rules continued to lead the ratings with over 1.9m viewers.

The drama, first launched on Nine’s online channel Jump-in last week, knocked over 300,000 viewers off of Seven’s Revenge in the 8.40pm timeslot and was second in the network’s key demographic of people 25-54, preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam show.

The series created by Playmaker Media stars Jessica Marais as a midwife who returns from London to Kings Cross Hospital in Sydney in 1969, and her story intersects with that of the hospital’s head of obstetrics Dr Patrick McNaughton, played by Jonathan LaPalgia, and matron Frances Bolton, played by Mandy McElhinney, who runs the adjacent home for unwed pregnant young women.

Nine made the first four episodes of the series available to stream from February 9 before the first episode went to air last night against Seven’s Revenge which dropped from 1.184m for the first episode to 862,000.

Meanwhile the Sochi Winter Olympics stalled as heavy fog postponed the snowboard cross men’s final competition featuring favourite Aussie Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin until 5.30pm this evening, and Ten won 362,000 viewers for the scheduled competition in all cities but Perth, and 312,000 for the simulcast on One.

My Kitchen Rules had an easy win in the 6.30pm timeslot with 1.925m viewers, and was the most popular show in people 25-54, as The Block: Fans vs Faves had 1.198m, proving the third most popular show of the night and third in 25-54s. Meanwhile the evening session at Sochi averaged 417,000 for Ten and 272,000 on One.

However, Nine won the evening news battle with 1.162 for the first half hour and 1.134m for the second as Seven had 1.117m from 6pm to 6.30pm and 1.117m for the second half hour of news on the east coast, and Today Tonight in Perth and Adelaide.

Seven’s Sunrise was the most watched breakfast show with 314,000, as Today had 299,000 on Channel Nine.

Nine and Seven had an almost equal audience share, with Seven just winning with 24.9 per cent as Nine had 24.7 per cent. Ten’s share dropped to 9 per cent, with 6.4 per cent on One, as ABC1 held a 13.1 per cent share of the audience for its lineup of current affairs programming including Australian Story, Media Watch and Q&A.

Monday’s top 15 shows:

  1. My Kitchen Rules Seven 1,925,000
  2. Love Child Nine 1,354,000
  3. The Block: Fans v Faves Nine 1,198,000
  4. Nine News Nine 1,162,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 1,134,000
  6. A Current Affair Nine 1,132,000
  7. Seven News Seven 1,121,000
  8. Seven News Today Tonight Seven 1,117,000
  9. Home and Away Seven 939,000
  10. ABC News ABC1 875,000
  11. Revenge Seven 862,000
  12. Four Corners ABC1 717,000
  13. ABC News Update ABC1 665,000
  14. Hot Seat Nine 632,000
  15. Australian Story ABC1 629,000

Monday’s share:

  • Seven 24.9%
  • Nine 24.7%
  • ABC1 13.1%
  • TEN 9.0%
  • ONE 6.4%
  • GO! 3.2%
  • SBS ONE 2.9%
  • ELEVEN 2.8%
  • 7TWO 2.8%
  • 7mate 2.8%
  • Gem 2.4%
  • ABC2 2.2%
  • ABC News 24 1.3%
  • ABC3 1.0%
  • SBS 2 0.4%
  • NITV 0.1%

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