Logies debate swells audience for Nine with ceremony topping 1m viewer mark

Last night's broadcast of the 2016 Logies saw the award ceremony break the 1m audience barrier, a feat the show has struggled to make for the last five years.

Waleed Aly logiesLast night’s broadcast of the 2016 Logie Awards saw the award ceremony break the 1m audience barrier, a feat the show has struggled to achieve for the last five years.

The award ceremony had attracted an unusual amount of press interest after the nominations of SBS’ Lee Lin Chin and Ten’s Waleed Aly, who picked up the Gold Logie, and pulled in 1.119m metro viewers from 7.30pm while the red carpet, which kicked off at 7pm, was watched by 1.060m.

Last year, the 2015 Logies broke a cycle of five years of audience decline, delivering Nine a metro audience of 971,000.  

The 2016 Logies was the most-watched show amongst viewers aged 18-49 and 25-54 while Ten’s Masterchef was the popular choice amongst 16-39 year olds.

Masterchef was watched by 905,000 at 7.30pm, down on last week’s launch audience of 1.012m. It out-rated Seven’s House Rules, which aired from 7pm to 8.45pm and had an audience of 864,000.

Nine won the night, thanks to the Logies, with an audience share of 28.6%, well ahead of Seven which had a share of 17.6%. Ten claimed third place with a share of 13% as the ABC settled for a share of 11.7%.

Seven’s Sunday Night, airing at 8.45pm, was watched by 567,000 while the launch of the new season of Shark Tank on Ten at 9pm pulled in 479,000.

In the news battleground, Seven News, airing from 6pm to 7pm, drew 1.228m as Nine News, also airing from 6pm to 7pm, pulled in 1.186m.

On the ABC, Grand Designs, airing at 7.40pm, was watched by 746,000 and Midsomer Murders, on at 8.30pm, pulled in 749,000.


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