Ratings: 197,000 for Love Island Australia final

Love Island Australia concluded its inaugural season last night with an estimated capital city audience of 198,000 watching the announcement of Grant Crapp and Tayla Damir as the winners after 197,000 watched the rest of the show.

The six-week long format premiered to 316,000 watching live on 9Go! and a later encore on Nine’s main channel. After shifting exclusively to 9Go!, the overnight audience averaged 175,000 with the majority of the audience in the youngest demographic groups. In addition, the show has become a hit on Nine’s catch up service 9Now where it has broken records for the network and dominated the top ten lists each week.

Elsewhere, on a night when almost all programs rated lower, there was little change from the previous week in network shares with Seven (33.6%) again well clear of Nine (25.8%), Ten (19.2%), ABC (13.3%) and SBS (8.0%).

The top entertainment show was again MasterChef with the Thursday elimination rating 738,000 and topping all key demographic groups as split schedules for Seven and Nine made other comparisons difficult.

Seven News (942,000 and 844,000) was the night’s number one program. Home and Away was shown in three markets to an audience of 425,000 with Funniest Cutest Kittens Ever following on 277,000 and a movie The Other Woman on 211,000. Thursday Night AFL had 516,000 (Pre: 266,000, Post: 274,000) across Seven and 7Mate as Wimbledon later managed 218,000.

Nine News (880,000 and 854,000) and A Current Affair (644,000) topped Nine’s night as Live NRL delivered 365,000 in two markets (211,000 pre-match) with RBT (188,000) and Britain’s Got Talent (179,000) shown in three markets. The NRL Footy Show averaged 177,000 for the early segment.

MasterChef (738,000) was again Ten’s best with Todd Sampson’s Bodyhack 2.0 later on 362,000. Earlier in the night Ten News had 416,000, The Project 487,000 and 311,000 and Family Feud 265,000.

ABC News (657,000) and 7.30 (431,000) bucked the night’s trend and improved week-on-week however Grand Design Australia slipped to 403,000. Next best were Sammy J (278,000), Everyone’s a Critic (195,000), Think Tank (179,000) and Pointless (153,000).

Great Railway Journeys topped SBS’s night with 256,000 while The Handmaid’s Tale had 215,000.

At 5pm The Chase (605,000 and 377,000) was well ahead of Hot Seat (506,000 and 308,000). Earlier afternoon results included Seven News at 4 (203,000), Seven News at 4.30 (222,000) and Nine’s Afternoon News (156,000) with Ten’s The Bold and the Beautiful on 266,000.

See Thursday 5 July 2018 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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