Ninja Warrior beats Masterchef by 1,000 viewers, with 831,000 tuning in for episode two

Ninja Warrior achieved 831,000 metro viewers for Nine on Monday night, according to OzTAM’s preliminary overnight metro ratings. The result is the lowest in the show’s history.

The show was a whisker away from Ten’s Masterchef, which achieved 830,000 viewers.

Last year, the first Monday night edition of Australian Ninja Warrior post-premiere pulled in 1.604m metro viewers – making this year’s episode a 48% decline. Sunday night’s premiere was down 45% on last year, defying expectations that the show would yet again be a ratings phenomenon.

Also competing in the same time slot was Seven’s House Rules, which drew a metro audience of 768,000 people.

Seven News, which was the most-watched show of the night with 1.118m people tuning in. Nine News came in a close second with 1.072m metro viewers.

Ninja Warrior came third in key advertising demographics 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54, beaten in each category by Ten’s Masterchef and Have You Been Paying Attention?

It was also the season final of the revived Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation on Nine, which this week ran after Ninja Warrior. It had a metro audience of 396,000, after debuting earlier this year with 678,000.

Nevertheless, Nine still achieved Monday’s highest main channel and networks shares, with 20.2% and 29.1% respectively. In main channel share, Seven pulled in 18.8%, while Ten managed 14.6%.

ABC won 12.5% of the audience on its main channel, while SBS managed 4.7%. ABC’s most-watched show of the night was its news program, with 795,000 metro viewers.

On a network level, Seven came in just behind Nine with a 27.7% share, Ten had 20.2%, compared to ABC’s 16.7% and SBS’ 6.2%.


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