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Ninja Warrior premiere down 45% on last year, with 929,000 tuning in

Nine was unable to repeat its record-breaking ratings with Australian Ninja Warrior this time around, with season two premiering to an audience of 929,000, according to OzTAM’s preliminary overnight metro ratings.

Last year, the show was a ratings phenomenon, pulling in 1.68m for the premiere, and 2.145m for the last moments of the final episode three weeks later, which was, at the time, the only entertainment show of the year to crack the 2m mark. 

The show’s 45% premiere decline, however, wasn’t enough to totally destabilise Nine, which won the evening with a main channel share of 21.7%. When Ninja Warrior premiered last year, the channel secured 28.7% of the audience.

Seven, with a main channel audience share of 20.7%, was unable to beat Nine, but it did have the most-watched show of the evening. Seven News topped the ratings ladder with a metro audience of 1.171m, ahead of Nine News’ 1.034m.

Seven’s reality franchise House Rules, which went head to head with Ninja Warrior, had 835,000, down from last week’s 915,000.

Ten’s Masterchef had 748,000, up from last week’s 718,000.

Its Sunday night current affairs offering, The Sunday Project, however, had just 233,000 for the first half hour, which jumped to 421,000 at 7pm leading into Masterchef.

Ten finished the night with a 12.3% audience share, ahead of ABC’s 11.7%.

The key advertising demographics were split, with Australian Ninja Warrior topping the 18 to 49s and 25 to 54s, but Masterchef taking out the younger 16 to 39s.

The ABC’s most-watched program was Jack Irish, which pulled an audience of 723,000, while its news offering had 717,000.

SBS finished the night on 6.1%.

The rankings slightly shifted however, once multi-channels were added to the mix.

Nine Network remained in first place (30.1%), and Seven in second (29.5%), however the ABC jumped to third with 16.7%, ahead of Ten Network’s 16.1%.

7mate was the most-watched multi-channel, with 4.4% of the audience, but the most-watched program on the multi-channels was ABC Kids’ Bananas In Pyjamas, which had 189,000. 7mate’s most-watched offering was Iron Man with 177,000.

SBS Network finished with 7.7%.

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