Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention pulls 778,000 metro viewers as international agreement is announced

Ten’s late evening game show Have You Been Paying Attention pulled in a metro audience of 778,000 last night, the same night it was revealed the show’s production house, Working Dog Productions, has signed with CBS Studios International for worldwide format rights.

The program is currently in its sixth season, and was the top show in its time slot, slightly up on last week’s 769,000 viewers. Have You Been Paying Attention also topped the 16-39 demographic. It placed second across the 18-49s and 25-54s and when including regional figures, climbed to 1.019m.

Paul Gilbert, senior vice president of international formats, CBS Studios International, said the agreement was an example of the synergies CBS had with Australia since the Network Ten acquisition.

“HYBPA? joins CBS’ portfolio of the biggest formats on television; from Wheel of Fortune to America’s Next Top Model,” Gilbert said.

Ten’s chief content boss Beverly McGarvey was thrilled by the opportunity to bring the show to a broader audience.

“We love bringing Have You Been Paying Attention? to Australians every week. The show has continued to get bigger each year since it debuted on Ten in 2013, with this current season being the most successful to date,” McGarvey said.

It proved a much better success than Ten’s 7:30pm show, Blind Date, which averaged just 377,000 metro viewers, according to OzTAM’s overnight figures. Blind Date’s national audience was 506,000.

But overall, the most watched entertainment program was Nine’s The Block, which pulled in 945,000 metro viewers at 7:30pm and a national audience of 1.341m. Nine’s The Block topped the 18-49s and 25-54s and also conquered Seven’s Border Security and Emergency Call, which pulled metro audiences of 567,000 and 557,000, and national audiences of 798,000 and 845,000.

In the later time slot against Have You Been Paying Attention was Nine’s Sully, with 452,000 metro viewers and Seven’s Wanted, with 450,000 viewers.

Over on the ABC, the most watched program was its news bulletin, with 728,000 metro viewers. The Invictus Games captured 482,000.

Seven News won the 6pm news battle for Monday with a total of 961,000 viewers. By comparison, Nine News achieved 872,000. Nine dominated in Sydney and Melbourne while Seven achieved bigger audiences in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

But Nine won the night with a main channel share of 21.4% and a network total of 29.5% of audience. Seven came in behind Nine, with an 18.1% main channel share, which rose to 27% when including the multi-channels.

The ABC defeated Ten overnight, with a 14.6% main channel share and a 19% total share. By comparison, Ten’s main channel share was 12.4% and network share was 17.7%. SBS managed a 5% share while SBS Network’s share was 6.8%.


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