The first week of Autumn TV has again been dominated by Nine’s Married At First Sight. In fact MAFS was the only non-news show in the top 10, while the only other non-news or current affairs programs to crack the top 20 were ABC’s Doc Martin and 10’s Australian Survivor: All Stars and Gogglebox.
Nine this week saw season highs for both A Current Affair (Wednesday episode) and 60 Minutes.
Nine won across the primetime commercial shares for the key demographics, and had the following wins: People 25-54s (41.8%), People 16-39s (40.8%) and Shopper with Child (43.4%). Nine had a share of 40.9% Total People.
Nine also won the primary channel commercial shares for the key demographics, and had the following: People 25-54s (30.8%), People 16-39s (30.7%) and Shopper with Child (31.9%). Nine had a share of 29.6% Total People.
Nine had a total of seven spots in the top 10 shows of the week, taking out the first four spots with MAFS.
Seven’s highlights again were its dominance in news weeknights and Sunday at 6pm. Home and Away was the most-watched drama of the week and Sunrise continues to be #1 at breakfast. Pooch Perfect had a disappointing response to the second episode with the numbers down week-on-week from 624,000 to 441,000.
10’s best for the week was the Tuesday episode of Australian Survivor: All Stars when Harry was sent home just one day after Nick. Also sitting in the top 20 for the primary channel was Gogglebox. Performing well just outside the top 20 were the other two episodes of Survivor while Ambulance Australia posted a year best audience of 509,000 on Thursday night which pushed it ahead of Seven’s Pooch Perfect.
Across the week, 10 had four of the top 10 shows in under 50s and all key age groups (25 to 54s, 16 to 39s and 18 to 49s).
Network 10 and 10 grew their audiences 15% and 11% respectively, compared with the same week last year, with 10 Bold growing 25% and 10 Peach lifting 22%. 10 Bold has now achieved 57 consecutive weeks of year-on-year growth, while 10 Peach has achieved seven consecutive weeks of year on year growth. Network 10 has achieved commercial share growth every single week in 2020.
On the ABC all 7pm episodes of ABC News across the week made the top 20 as did Doc Martin. The next best, and all either just above or below 600,000, were 7.30, Australian Story, Hard Quiz, Mad As Hell and Endeavour.
SBS travel programs hosted by veteran UK broadcasters were its best with Great Australian Railway Journeys on 341,000 on Tuesday and then Michael Palin in North Korea on Sunday on 257,000.