Seven’s House Rules premieres with 679,000 metro viewers

Seven’s House Rules has returned for its 2020 season with 679,000 metro viewers tuning in for the first half of the episode – a 13% drop on last year.

The program was coded into two portions – 679,000 viewers watched the ‘launch’ half, from 7pm to 7:30pm, while 660,000 tuned in for the second half. Nationally, an average of 1.012m viewers watched – the lowest national launch to date for the program.

In 2018, the program premiered to 607,000 metro viewers, but it climbed to 782,000 last year.

In the same timeslot, 746,000 metro viewers watched A Current Affair on Nine and 615,000 The Project’s 7pm slot on Ten. ABC News drew 1.012m metro viewers.

News again dominated the night with 1.293m metro viewers watching Seven News and 1.238m Nine News, making them the two most-watched programs of the night. Nationally, Seven News just overtook 2m viewers and Nine News 1.608m.

Nine News also took the top two spots in the three key advertising demographics – 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s.

It was a good night for ABC with 885,000 watching 7.30, 783,000 Australian Story and 687,000 Media Watch. 685,000 tuned in for Four Corners.

Nine’s RBT drew 510,000 metro viewers and Ten’s 2019 Montreal Comedy Festival 281,000.

Even without Married at First Sight to drive it, Nine took the win in the audience shares, holding 18.1% as a channel and 27.3% as a network. In the channel shares, ABC beat Seven, holding 17.7% to Seven’s 17.5%. As a network, Seven slipped ahead with 26.7% and 22.7% for ABC. Ten held fourth place with a channel share of 9.2% and 15.8% as a network. 7Two was the most-watched multi-channel with 4.2%.


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