Ten’s Australian Survivor achieves highest audience of season ahead of finale

Australian Survivor pulled in a metro audience of 793,000 last night, the highest audience of the season for Ten.

The first part of the grand finale appeared in the top three shows across all key advertising demographics – 16-39, 18-49s and 25-54s – but lost out to Nine’s The Block, which averaged 1.035m and led the ad demographics.

It climbed by more than 100,000 metro viewers from last week’s audience of 645,000. Nationally, the show grew to 1.023m, while The Block achieved 1.484m.

Australian Survivor will conclude tonight with the final immunity challenge followed by a reunion and jury episode. This week, Ten’s head of entertainment and factual programming, Stephen Tate, told Mumbrella he was confident the finale would be the highest in Ten’s history with the show.

On Seven in the same time slot was Emergency Call followed by Border Security: Australia’s Front, drawing metro audiences of 512,000 and 424,000 respectively. When including the regional figures, Emergency Call pull in an audience of 795,000 while Border Security raked in an audience of 627,000.

Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention led the later time slot, with 731,000 metro viewers from 8:40pm. It performed better than Nine’s Doctor Doctor, which had 642,000 metro viewers.

Seven’s The Accountant averaged just 408,000.

The ABC had a successful night, with Australian Story, Four Corners, Media Watch and the premiere of Doctor Who’s new season all making the top 20 shows, according to OzTAM’s overnight preliminary ratings.

ABC News was the biggest program for the broadcaster, at 787,000 metro viewers, but Australian Story averaged 717,000 and Four Corners achieved 632,000 metro viewers.

Media Watch, which runs just before 9:30pm, captured a metro audience of 552,000. The premiere of the new season of Doctor Who managed 431,000 at 5:55pm.

The 6pm news battle was won by Seven News last night, with a metro audience of 958,000 – defeating Nine in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Nine News achieved 890,000 across the five metro cities, but drew bigger audiences from Sydney and Melbourne.

Despite Ten’s efforts, Nine still won the night with a 20.9% share of audience for Monday evening. Behind Nine was Seven’s 17.6%, while the ABC beat Ten, on a share of 16.2%. Ten’s share was 14.7% and SBS had a share of 4.1%.

From a network perspective, Nine nabbed the win, at a 28.6% share thanks to a strong performance from 9Go, which took 3.4% of audience. Seven Network achieved a 25.2% share, while ABC Network’s share was 20.2%. Ten and SBS’ shares were 19.8% and 6.1% respectively.


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