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TV Ratings: Ten shakes up survey week 1 with Thursday win

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at last night’s TV ratings

• TEN shakes up survey Week 1 with a Thursday win as Celebrity sets record
• Gogglebox returns a timeslot winner with 720,000 for season premiere
• Not so hot: The Chase fails to engage in primetime with under 500,000

It’s been an interesting first week of survey with traditional owner Seven first being challenged by Nine, which narrowly trailed on Monday before winning Tuesday night.

Now Network Ten has overtaken both the Seven and Nine primary channels with a Thursday victory for TEN.

Key to TEN’s victory was the record numbers watching I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, which decimated the opposition at 7.30pm. The Thursday episode had an audience over 300,000 in Melbourne where it was #1 show for the night.

With Seven and Nine having one more primary channel than TEN, the network trailed them both in combined channel share, with Nine ranked #1 on 26.9%.

Seven

Seven had an audience of 546,000 watching The Chase at 5.30pm. However, those numbers dropped to 479,000 for the primetime The Chase My Kitchen Rules special at 7.30pm.

Home and Away fans got just one episode instead of two (or four which they had on the two previous Thursdays) with 708,000.

Seven’s numbers lifted to 560,000 after 8.30pm where it is having some success too with a railways doco – Mighty Trains did 560,000.

Nine

A Current Affair ranked third in the slot yet still made the top 10 with 676,000.

An hour of RBT did 626,000 followed by two episodes of The Big Bang Theory with 615,000 and then 509,000.

Nine then screened the 2014 Keanu Reeves movie John Wick with 331,000.

TEN

The channel’s big Thursday sees four shows in the top 20 starting with TEN Eyewitness News First At Five getting 462,000.

The Project 7pm did 555,000.

The biggest audience by far turned out for I’m A Celebrity with 910,000, which was a Thursday record for the show. After its third week on air, TEN has reported that the series is up 11% in total people year-on-year. Keira remains a star attraction with #Keira trending #1 in Melbourne last night on Twitter.

The launch of Gogglebox season five was also a demo and timeslot winner with 725,000. It was the biggest-ever season launch and up 14% on the season four launch. The show also did some social media heavy lifting with #Gogglebox trending #1 as well.

ABC

The new Dream Gardens did 532,000 after a debut a week ago on 561,000.

Week two of Newton’s Law did 546,000, dipping from its debut of 708,000 a week ago.

The UK crime drama No Offence returned at 9.30pm with 286,000.

SBS

The 30 minutes of Great British Railway Journeys did 289,000 at 7.30pm.

The numbers dropped to 177,000 for Destination Flavour Singapore.

The first of three Food Detectives episodes started with 127,000 at 8.30pm.

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