Saturday Night Rove tumbles to 138,000 metro viewers in its second outing

The viewership of Saturday Night Rove has dramatically dropped to just 138,000 metro viewers, or 202,000 when combined with the regional markets.

Ten’s primary channel share on Saturday evening was just 5.5%, falling behind Seven’s multi-channel 7Flix on 5.6%, which broadcast the 1984 film Romancing the Stone, followed by its sequel Jewel in the Nile.

Saturday Night Rove lost more than 100,000 metro viewers in its second outing

Saturday Night Rove premiered to 244,000 metro viewers. During its Pilot Week outing last year – when it was known as Bring Back Saturday Night – it had 203,000 metro viewers.

The Seven Network narrowly took out the night with a 30.4% audience share. Its primary channel broadcast the animated film The Lego Batman Movie, which received 168,000 metro viewers, and live-action Batman Begins at 9:10pm attracting 157,000 metro viewers.

Tentpole program Seven News was the highest rated program for the evening with 751,000 metro viewers, but was pipped at the post in the key advertising demographics of the 18 to 49s and 25 to 54s by Nine News at the same time.

Nine’s network share for Saturday night came in at 30.1% with its primary channel topping the night with 17.9%. Nine’s broadcast of the Sydney Roosters and Penrith Panthers NRL match had 233,000 metro viewers. In Sydney, 135,000 viewers tuned into the game and, 76,000 viewers watching in Brisbane on Nine. Just 12,000, 3,000 and 6,000 viewers tuned in from Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth on 9Gem, respectively.

In Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, 180,000 viewers tuned into to the 1996 film Twister on Nine, as the alternative program to the NRL. The film, which stars Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton as tornado hunters, also aired on 9Gem in Sydney and Brisbane, receiving 30,000 and 20,000 viewers respectively.

The ABC had an 11.3% primary channel share. ABC News was the third highest rated program for the night with 609,000 metro viewers. Deep Water, which follows ABC news, attracted 364,000 metro viewers, and period drama Poldark rated had 272,000 metro viewers.


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