TV ratings August 10: Ninja Warrior ends with Mount Midoriyama traffic jam and 1.2m

Ninja Warrior Ben Polson

• The Masked Singer opens on 800,000+ with unmasked sports star

• Farmer Wants a Wife slips to third place and 700,000

Seven News 1,219,000/1,116,000
Nine News 1,094,000/1,050,000
A Current Affair 819,000
ABC News 770,000
7.30 646,000
The Project 331,000/507,000
10 News 439,000/277,000
Sunrise 280,000
Today 216,000
The Drum 193,000
The Latest 190,000
SBS World News 184,000

Monday TV

Seven: The second night of Farmer Wants a Wife this week slipped to third in the rankings up against the end of one series and the launch of another. The audience of 696,000 was only down marginally from 740,000 a week ago. There still seem to be a lot of ladies in contention as the next episode will be the halfway mark.
9-1-1 Lone Star followed with 303,000, well down on 406,000 seven days prior.
Earlier in the night Home and Away delivered 660,000 after a week 32 average of 610,000. 

Nine: The final instalment of the shorter season of eight episodes of Australian Ninja Warrior saw a traffic jam at the top of the much-hyped Mount Midoriyama as three warriors managed to climb the rope to the top. It came down to who could do it faster which turned out to be Ben Polson. The start of the final night rated 1,060,000 slightly below what Sunday managed – 1,098,000. The reveal of the winner when Polson punched the button with a second to spare did 1,199,000. The episode drove Nine to a clear win on primary and network share and in key demos. The numbers for the season final were up year-on-year.
As the Monday lead-in, A Current Affair started the week on 819,000 after an average of 697,000 last week.
Surviving Jeffrey Epstein followed the Warriors with 298,000 watching.

See more: Ben Polson wins Australian Ninja Warrior as Mount Midoriyama is conquered

10: The launch of The Masked Singer delivered what 10 EP Stephen Tate promised here a week ago – big names. There were three singing battles on the first night of the 2020 series with former Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis unveiled. There were a few ordinary performances amongst the gifted singers last night and he was one of them. The episode was on 733,000 and then 823,000 for the reveal. The series two launch was down on the 2019 launch audience of 1,162,000. 10 has noted however that some of that audience were live streaming perhaps with the episode last night up 48% on the streaming number last year. The episode was also #1 16-39 in its timeslot.
Network 10 head of programming Daniel Monaghan said this morning: “On a highly competitive night, the first episode of the new season of The Masked Singer Australia performed very well, with 1.13 million viewers nationally for the big reveal and 1 million earlier in the night. The Masked Singer Australia significantly lifted our audience in its timeslot and created real buzz on social media last night. The best is yet to come, with great singing, great dancing and lots of jaw-dropping moments as we reveal who is behind the masks.”
A different lead-in helped Have You Been Paying Attention? lift to 623,000 after 574,000 last week.

ABC: Australian Story featured the first part of a Joel Edgerton profile on 623,000.
Four Corners looked at recycling with 549,000.
Media Watch did 517,000 with Q+A on 293,000.

SBS: Part one of the three-part The Blitz: Britain on Fire was on 225,000.

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