TV viewers reject Australia’s Perfect Couple for World’s Strictest Parents

Nine’s second evening in a row with a new reality format ended the same way that Dance Your Ass Off did the night before – with a sub-800,000 audience for Australia’s Perfect Couple on Wednesday night.  

Despite inheriting an audience of just over 1.2m from Two And A Half Men, more than 400,000 turned over before the end of the Jules Lund-fronted Perfect Couple, which averaged 798,000 viewers, according to preliminary TV ratings from OzTam. It was the worst performing show on any channel before 9.30pm. The show featured couples living in a house together competing in games before voting on who to evict.

Meanwhile Nine’s failed programming experiment was Seven’s gain, with new series World’s Strictest Parents – on at the same time as Perfect Couple – rating more than 1.5m, a gain of about 300,000 on Home And Away which preceded it.

Over on Ten, interest waned in The 7Pm project, which fell from 1.3m on Monday to 1.1m on Tuesday to 874,000 on Wednesday night.

For Nine, Australia’s Perfect Couple was the only show that failed to perform. Afterwards, ratings picked up by a couple of hundred thousand for RPA and Cold Case. However, Seven still won the night, with a share of 27.6% to Nine’s 24.8%.

Ten was on 19.8%, only just ahead of The ABC which rated an evening metro share of 19.2%. This was driven by a strong operformance from Spicks And Specks and a slight improvement from The Chaser’s War On Everything. In Sydney, the ABC beat Ten into fourth place.

SBS rated 8.5%.

Wednesday’s top rating TV shows:

  1. Seven News Seven 1.6m
  2. World’s Strictest Parents Seven 1.5m
  3. Spicks and Specks ABC 1.4m
  4. A Current Affair Nine 1.3m
  5. Today Tonight Seven 1.3m
  6. Nine News Nine 1.3m
  7. Home and Away Seven 1.3m
  8. Two and a Half Men Nine 1.2m
  9. The Chaser’s War on Everything ABC 1.2m
  10. ABC News ABC 1.1m
  11. Criminal Minds Seven 1.1m
  12. The Simpsons 7.30pm Ten 1.1m
  13. The Simpsons 8pm Ten 1m
  14. Cold Case Nine 1m
  15. RPA Nine 1m

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