Seven’s House Rules finale down 200,000 viewers from last year

Seven’s House Rules was down more than 200,000 viewers on last year’s winner announcement, pulling just 915,000 viewers in the final moment when Toad Heffernan and Mandy Stone were crowned winners of the season.

Last year, Seven’s House Rules grand finale – which competed against Nine’s Australian Ninja Warrior premiere – captured 1.007m and the winner announcement achieved 1.142m across the metro cities.

This year, the episode managed 853,000 metro viewers, falling short of Ten’s Masterchef Australia and Nine’s Australian Ninja Warrior’s metro audiences in the same time slot.

But when combined with regional figures, Seven’s House Rules winner announcement rose to 1.511m while the episode had a total of 1.399m viewers. The national figures show House Rules as the most watched entertainment show of the evening.

According to metro figures, Ten’s Masterchef Australia’s grand finale part one dominated entertainment with 961,000 metro viewers, beating both House Rules’ winner announcement and Nine’s Australian Ninja Warrior, which had an audience 906,000. Nationally, Ten’s Masterchef grew to 1.242m while Ninja Warrior pulled in 1.249m. Both programs conclude this evening.

Overall, Seven News was the most watched program of the evening, with an average metro audience of 1.054m. It had a slight lead over Nine News’ 1.015m metro viewers.

In the later time slot, the majority of Australians tuned in to Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention, which had a metro audience of 856,000 for the evening. Across the key advertising demographics – 16-39s, 18-49s, 25-54s – Ten also took the lead, with Have You Been Paying Attention topping the 18-49s and 25-54s, while Masterchef Australia’s episode led the 16-39s.

On the ABC the most watched program was ABC News, which had 750,000 metro viewers while Media Watch, which ran later in the night, pulled in 522,000.

According to OzTAM’s overnight preliminary ratings, Seven had the biggest main channel and network shares – 19.4% and 27.7%. The result was just ahead of Nine’s 19% main channel share and network share of 27.3%.

Ten’s main channel share was 18.3% while the ABC and SBS had shares of 11.8% and 4.3%. The biggest multi-channel last night was 9Go – a 4.2% share. 9Go was boosted by Big Bang Theory repeats, which ran from 7pm until 9pm.


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