Ratings: Live Oscars draws 398,000 while 7Flix audience flickers out

Channel Nine’s broadcast of this year’s Academy Awards drew a metropolitan audience of 398,000 for the live telecast with another 243,000 tuning in for the last night repeat.

The result was up slightly from last year’s numbers (361,000 plus repeat of 248,000 on GEM) while the 2014 ceremony had 506,000 watching the live ceremony and 560,000 the repeat.

Meanwhile, the Seven network’s new multichannel 7Flix saw its audience shrink to just 0.7% last night after grabbing an encouraging 2.3% on Sunday. The much advertised Once Upon a Time could only manage 25,000 fans with the movie You Me and Dupree on 31,000 and First Dates encore 23,000.

However, the night still saw Seven well in front of rivals with a 31.0% audience share. Nine (24.7%) and Ten (19.1%) were up slightly with ABC steady on 19.8% and SBS down to 4.3%.

My Kitchen Rules topped the night with 1,473,000 down from 1,570,000 the previous week while Seven News had 1,010,000 at 6pm and 965,000 at 6.30pm. Home and Away was steady and number one at 7pm with Downton Abbey later averaging 813,000. The afternoon’s The Chase had 623,000 and 354,000. The Matilda’s Olympic Qualifier has 127,000 on 7Mate.

Over on Nine, Nine News (1,006,000 and 954,000) and A Current Affair (883,000) made the top ten for Nine. Australia’s Got Talent slipped slightly to 657,000 while The Farmer Wants a Wife (496,000) was steady. The afternoon’s Hot Seat seems to be on an upward trend, improving to 580,000.

ABC News (885,000) and Australian Story (799,000) were top ten entries for ABC while 7.30 improved to 794,000. Media Watch (582,000) and Four Corners (564,000) were well down with Q&A (551,000) just making the top twenty.

Meanwhile, Ten’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here improved to 713,000 up from 685,000 last Monday with The Project (602,000 and 466,000) next best for the network. Family Feud earlier had 554,000 and Ten Eyewitness News 508,000. Later, CSI Cyber had 411,000 and 290,000 across two episodes.

Trawlermen (158,000) and Michel Mosley: Don’t Worry Be Happy (157,000) were best for SBS.

Sunrise (327,000) was best at breakfast ahead of Today (313,000) and ABC News Breakfast (100,000 and 43,000).

See Monday 29 February 2016 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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