Nine’s 2018 ARIA Awards manages half a million viewers, but falls short of ABC’s Hard Quiz

Nine’s 2018 ARIA Awards coverage pulled in a metro audience of 500,000 last night, a slight dip from last year’s 515,000.

However, it was still a stronger result than 2016’s coverage, which had an audience of 461,000.

The ARIA Awards remained relatively stagnant compared to 2017

The Awards ran from 7:30pm last year, up against ABC’s 7:30 and Hard Quiz, Seven’s Emergency Call and Border Security, and Ten’s Jamie & the Nonnas. Nine’s offering came third in its time slot, ahead and topped the 16-39 and 18-49 demographics.

Nationally, the ARIA Awards pulled in 672,000.

However, the most watched entertainment show of Wednesday night was ABC’s Hard Quiz, with 742,000 metro viewers followed by ABC’s Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell, which achieved an audience of 719,000. The two programs were only beaten by news and current affairs, and helped boost ABC’s share to 14.6% – third place over Ten’s 8.7% and SBS’ 3.7%.

The most watched program, according to OzTAM’s overnight figures, was Seven News. Seven’s 6pm bulletin pulled in a metro audience of 996,000, beating Nine News’ 900,000.

That coupled with metro audiences of 550,000 and 613,000 for Emergency Call and Border Security respectively, helped Seven win the night with a 21.5% share of audience, over Nine’s 18.9%.

Seven’s lead extended when taking into account the multi-channels. It finished Wednesday night with a network share of 30.6%, beating Nine Network’s 27.4%, ABC Network’s 20.1%, Ten’s 15.3% and SBS Network’s 6.6%.

Ten’s biggest audience came from The Project 7pm last night, with a metro audience of 436,000. Ten’s 7:30 show, Jamie & the Nonnas captured just 330,000.


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