Seven’s SAS Australia brings in 834,000 metro viewers for first episode

834,000 metro viewers tuned in on Monday night for the premiere of Seven’s SAS Australia, starring Schapelle Corby, Roxy Jacenko and Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins.

Nationally, 1.194m viewers watched the episode. It was also the third most-watched program in the three key advertising demographics of 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s.

Seven’s director of programming, Angus Ross, said the show was living up to its purpose.

“With SAS Australia we’ve put the real back in reality television – it’s disruptive, different and packs an emotional punch – and the audience loved it. We look forward to sharing the journey of our killer cast of recruits over the coming weeks to see who’s got what it takes to pass the toughest test. Trust me – you’ve never seen anything like this before.”

SAS Australia was the top entertainment program on Monday, followed by Nine’s The Block with 783,000 metro viewers and Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention with 735,000. HYBPA was also the top program with the key advertising demographics, followed by The Block.

Also on Ten, Junior Masterchef slipped to 454,000 metro viewers. Drunk History Australia brought in 288,000 after HYBPA.

It was a tight battle between Nine and Seven for the win of the night, with Nine taking the title of most-watched channel (19.5%), but Seven ultimately taking the win with 27.4% network share. Seven held 19.3% for its main channel and Nine held a network share of 27.1%.

Ten secured 14.0% for its main channel and 20.4% as a network, which ABC held 13.8% and 18.4% as a network. 10 Bold was the most-watched multi-channel with 4.1%.


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