Ninja Warrior launches to 795,000 metro viewers after Seven wins another week

Australian Ninja Warrior returned to Nine on Sunday night, with the 2021 premiere bringing in an average of 795,000 metro viewers and 1.087 million nationally.

Numbers were down on the 2020 launch, which brought in 1.040 million metro viewers. In 2019, 1.01 million tuned in, while 929,000 watched in 2018 and a massive 1.61 million viewed the premiere in 2017.

Ninja Warrior also won the 18-49 advertising demographic, but Nine News Sunday won 15-54 and Ten’s MasterChef Australia won 16-39.

Nine News Sunday was the top-rating program on Sunday night, with 1.064 million metro viewers, and together with Ninja Warrior helped Nine to a 31.4% network share win. Seven had 26%, ahead of Ten with 20.1% and ABC with 15.4%.

Among other non-news programming on Sunday, MasterChef Australia aired to 617,000 metro viewers, while 554,000 tuned in to ABC’s Spicks And Specks.

Meanwhile, Seven’s 7News Spotlight on Johnny Ruffo brought in 627,000 metro viewers, and Nine’s 60 Minutes had 451,000 metro viewers, the same number who watched Seven’s The Sunday Project. Nine’s Sunday Afternoon NRL Live had 268,000 metro viewers.

Looking back at the TV ratings week ending June 19, Seven celebrated yet another win, its eighth network share victory so far in 2021.

Seven had a network share of 29.7% ahead of Nine with 27.0%, Ten on 18.3% and ABC with 17.2%. Seven’s primary channel share of 20.0% across the week was enough to win that metric as well.

7mate was the top-rating multi-channel across the week with a 4.1% share, and Seven won every night of the week except for Wednesday, which was taken by Nine.


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