Nine wins Wednesday night despite a great night for the ABC

ABC has had one of its best nights of TV in recent weeks, with Utopia bringing in 711,000 metro viewers to win the 9pm slot and Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell hitting a series high of 683,000.

But despite the public broadcaster’s best efforts, Nine took the win overall, holding a 26.7% audience share as a network and a channel share of 20.2%, thanks mostly to the success of The Block which won the 7:30pm slot with 803,000 metro viewers.

Mad As Hell hit a series high on Wednesday night

Overall, the most-watched program for the night was Seven News with 1.029m viewers above Nine News’ 875,000. Home and Away was the most-watched entertainment program for Seven with 651,000, while 628,000 metro viewers tuned in to watch Sunrise’s David Koch and Sam Armytage battle it out on The Celebrity Chase. That figure rose significantly when regional numbers were adding in, with a total audience of 1.027m.

653,000 metro viewers tuned in for Ten’s The Bachelor, making it the most-watched show for the channel. It was also top of the youngest key advertising demographic – 16-39s – while Nine’s The Block took the top spot in the 18-39s and 25-54s. 382,000 metro viewers tuned in for Ten’s Lucy Lawless-fronted scripted drama My Life Is Murder.

Behind Nine, Seven held a primary channel share of 18.2%, ABC 14.1% and Ten 12.7%. Seven held a network audience share of 25.9% above Ten’s 19.7% and ABC’s 19.3%. Ten Bold was the most-watched multi-channel with 4.4%.


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