The Amazing Race Australia premieres to 635,000 metro viewers

The Amazing Race’s local iteration has returned to screens with 635,000 metro viewers on Ten.

The premiere lost out to The Block on Nine, which had 945,000, but beat Bride and Prejudice on Seven, which had 458,000.

With the addition of regional figures, The Block had 1.298m, The Amazing Race Australia 832,000, and Bride and Prejudice 698,000.

Ten had more success later in the night, with Have You Been Paying Attention? securing 816,000 metro viewers, winning the time-slot and topping the key advertising demographics of those aged 16 to 39, 18 to 49, and 25 to 54. The Block placed second in the key demos, while The Amazing Race Australia was third.

Ten’s head of network programming, Daniel Monaghan, said the network was pleased with the results.

“What an amazing result for The Amazing Race Australia last night. To be in the top three shows in under 50s, sharing the podium with two stalwarts – including HYBPA which was number one – is a great launch,” he said.

“We’re thrilled to continue our 2019 entertainment schedule with such an exciting brand that audiences responded to so positively.”

Up against Have You Been Paying Attention? was Love Island Australia on Nine. It had 330,000 metro viewers. With the addition of regional figures, Love Island Australia had 433,000, compared to Have You Been Paying Attention’s 1.072m.

The Rookie on Seven had 310,000 in the metro markets, and 510,000 in total.

Despite its struggles in prime-time, Seven still had the most-watched show of the night, with Seven News securing 930,000 metro viewers, and 1.474m in total. Home and Away ay 7pm had 624,000, and 977,000.

Seven also continued its long-term streak of winning the breakfast battle, with 271,000 metro viewers tuning into Sunrise, versus 186,000 on Nine’s Today. Including the regions, Sunrise had 457,000 compared to Today’s 289,000.

The strength of The Block and Nine News (810,000 metro viewers and 1.047m total), however, helped it to win the night. It had a 19.7% primary channel share, over Seven’s 17.1%, Ten’s 15.5%, ABC’s 13.0% and SBS’ 5.4%.

7Mate was the most-watched multi-channel, with a share of 4.3%, however the network rankings remained the same. Nine Network had 28.0% and Seven Network was on 26.5%. Network Ten had 20.9%, over the ABC’s 16.9%.

In the demographics, however, Ten was the winner, with a primary channel share of 25.5% for those aged 16 to 39 – placing it ahead of Nine (21.6%) and Seven (14.2%). Network Ten had a 32.3% share of the 16 to 39s, also ahead of Nine (28.8%) and Seven (23.2%).

It was a similar story in the 25 to 54s, with Ten on 22.7%, ahead of Nine’s 21.0% and Seven’s 15.3%. The strength of Nine’s multi-channel Go, however, pushed the Nine Network ahead in this demographic. Go had a 4.8% share of the 25 to 54s, helping Nine Network to a 29.0% share, just ahead of Network Ten’s 28.9%, and beating Seven’s 25.2%.


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