The series premiere of a British sitcom on Seven, Mrs Brown’s Boys, won its time slot on Wednesday night.
The show which was created, written and stars Brendan O’Carroll as a loud mouthed Irish matriarch named Agnes Brown, took 980,000 across the five city metro market according to preliminary results from OzTam.
Rating seventh in total viewers, the show narrowly beat out Ten’s Offspring on 918,000 in eighth spot; Nine’s The Mentalist on 574,000 in 19th spot; SBS’s highest rating show for the night Indian Ocean with Simone Reeve in 29th spot with 356,000; and the ABC’s Life’s Too Short on 297,000 in 36th spot overall.
In the key age demos the sitcom placed seventh in 16-39 and eighth in 18-49 and 25-54. However Offspring leapt ahead in the demos to second in 16-39 and third behind Masterchef in 18-49 and 25-54.
Masterchef was the second highest non-news or current affairs show with a total viewership of 1.099m.
The Block won the night in total viewers on 1.465m and across the key advertising demos.
In the battle for breakfast TV, Nine’s Today, 381,000 in 26th spot again beat Sunrise, 340,000 in 33rd spot.
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