Ready For Takeoff fails to fly high on return as A-League fails to find big crowd on SBS

Qantas’ self-funded documentary series Ready For Takeoff failed to fire on the debut of its second season last night pulling an audience of 377,000 for Nine, coming third in its timeslot.


The absence of sport on the main commercial channels meant no program broke the 1m audience barrier, with Seven’s Better Homes & Gardens the most-watched non-news program of the evening with 814,000 viewers, according to OzTam overnight metro ratings.


Ten’s The Living Room, at 7.30pm was watched by 480,000, beating Qantas’ show on nine.

The return of the A-League on SBS2 will have failed to bolster the public broadcaster’s bid to keep the free-to-air rights for the football league, with just 118,000 tuning in at 7pm to see Brisbane Roar draw with Melbourne Victory.

Seven easily won the night with an audience share of 21.6%, ahead of Nine’s share of 14.3%. Ten claimed third place with a share of 12.1% while the ABC settled for a share of 10.6%.

At 8.30pm, Seven’s Martin Clunes: Islands of Australia was watched by 722,000 metro viewers, Ten’s The Graham Norton Show grabbed 409,000 metro viewers and Nine’s The Judge pulled in 234,000 across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

In the news battleground, Seven News at 6pm had an audience of 873,000, slipping to 849,000 from 6.30pm while Nine News at 6pm grabbed 811,000, sliding to 772,000 from 6.30pm.


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