True Story with Hamish & Andy sheds 500,000 from last year’s debut

Nine’s second season of True Story with Hamish & Andy premiered with 749,000 metro viewers, down more than 500,000 on last year’s debut audience of 1.282m.

The show, which stars former Hit Network radio stars Hamish Blake and Andy Lee, failed to crack a million metro viewers last night, but was able to lead its time slot with an 8:40pm start to come in second among all key advertising demographics – 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s. Last year, the show premiered at 7:30pm.

The second season of True Story with Hamish & Andy was down on last year

The show was  up against the season finales of both Ten’s Shark Tank and Seven’s Interview. By comparison, Seven’s Interview, which ran from 8:45pm, pulled an audience of 473,000 for its final episode while Shark Tank’s season finale averaged 366,000 from 9pm.

Interview and Shark Tank’s season premieres had audiences of 578,000 and 508,000 respectively.

The ABC’s War on Waste, which commenced at 8:30pm, attracted bigger audiences than Interview and Shark Tank, pulling in 644,000 metro viewers.

In the 7:30pm time slot, Nine’s The Block took the lead, with 921,000 viewers tuning in across five metro cities. It was well ahead of commercial free to air rivals Ten’s Australian Survivor – which had an audience of 610,000 – and Seven’s Dance Boss, which pulled 573,000 for its second episode. The Block also led all the key advertising demographics.

Overall, Seven News attracted the biggest audience of the evening, with 1.047m metro viewers, beating Nine News’ 1.012m.

Thanks to The Block and True Story with Hamish & Andy, Nine won the evening with a 22.3% main channel share. Seven was not far behind on an 18.2% share while ABC beat Ten, with shares of 13.4% and 12.5% respectively. SBS’ share was 4%.

Total network share also went to Nine – 31.3% – beating Seven’s 27.3% and Ten’s 17.5%. The multi-channel with the biggest share was 7mate – at 4.2%.


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