TV ratings August 17: New look State of Origin helps Nine to another victory

Ninja Warrior

• The Masked Singer lifts as 929,000 watch celebrity reveal

Seven News 1,168,000/1,111,000
Nine News 1,025,000/994,000
ABC News 806,000
A Current Affair 777,000
7.30 650,000
The Project 371,000/576,000
10 News 418,000/287,000
Sunrise 271,000
Today 241,000
SBS World News 202,000
News Breakfast 200,000
The Drum 196,000
The Latest 138,000
Nine News Late Edition 135,000

Monday TV

Seven: Home and Away launched into the new week with 626,000 after a week 33 average of 574,000.

Farmer Wants a Wife is getting serious with more ladies departing after the final one-on-one dates and next is a two-part final to reveal the choices. Monday was up week-on-week with 719,000 last night after 696,000 last week. The episode again won its time slot nationally thanks to a big regional audience. The unbackable favourites are Alex and Jessica, Neil and Justine, Harry and Stacey and Nick and Liz.

Two US dramas followed with 9-1-1: Lone Star on 304,000 followed by Chicago Fire on 194,000.

Nine: A Current Affair investigated people who are already buying cruising tickets for when the industry restarts. The Monday episode was on 777,000 after a week 33 average of 687,000.

The final of the two-part Australian Ninja Warrior: State of Origin saw NSW drop out early on leaving three states to battle it out. After 877,000 watched the preliminary rounds on Sunday, there were 736,000 watching Ben Polsen and the WA team win the new competition. The ratings were well short of rugby league numbers, but at least the audience was getting some State of Origin action and helped Nine win the night in primary and combined share.
With the Warriors battling it out until nearly 9.30pm, an episode of Witness to Disaster followed with 128,000 watching in Sydney and Brisbane. Footy Classified got an early slot in other markets with 144,000 watching, 87,000 in Melbourne.

10: The Project 7pm averaged 501,000 last week and the Monday episode delivered 576,000.
Episode three of The Masked Singer was on 767,000 initially before climbing to 929,000 for the reveal after audiences of 735,000 and 828,000 for last week’s Monday launch episode. The singer unmasked was Christine Anu, the first contestant of some vocal ability to be revealed.
Have You Been Paying Attention? featured Glenn Robbins and Ash London plus Urzila Carlson doing back-to-back duty for 10. The audience of 712,000 was up considerably on last week’s 618,000.
The primary channel had the top three programs 18-49 and 25-54, and four of the top five 16-39. 

ABC: Part two of the life of Joel Edgerton brought to an end two great episodes of Australian Story. Part 1 was on 625,000 a week ago with 588,000 last night.
Four Corners then looked at the second wave of Covid-19 with 583,000 watching.
Media Watch then did 567,000 followed by Q+A also examining the latest on Covid-19 on 327,000.

SBS: Part two of The Blitz: Britain of Fire was on 209,000 at 7.30pm followed by two hours of 24 Hours in Emergency on 144,000.

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