Ratings: Love Child concludes 2016 season well down on previous years

The 2016 season of Nine’s Love Child concluded last night well down on previous years’ results.

A double episode of the Australian drama saw 705,000 tune in for the first instalment with 645,000 staying on for the final. The result typified this year’s weaker season with last year’s final drawing 851,000 metro viewers. After getting off to a good start in June with 832,000 the show never attained those results again dropping as low as 552,000 last week. Across the season the average was 686,000 compared to 840,000 the previous year though the drama continues to make big gains in consolidated numbers.

Overall, Seven won the night with the highest network share of 27.4% despite Nine’s main channel being number one. Nine’s network share was 27.1%, Ten had 20.2%, ABC 20.1% and SBS 5.2%.

Seven News at 6pm took out the number one spot for the night with 1,133,000 dropping to 1,031,000 at 6.30 while Home and Away was down to 740,000 at 7pm. Highway Patrol won the 7.30 battle with 801,000 but World’s Angriest missed the top twenty with 559,000 while the movie Bourne Legacy managed 391,000. The Chase had 678,000 and 460,000 in the afternoon.

Nine got off to a good start with Nine News (1,093,000 and 1,040,000) while A Current Affair won at 7pm with 873,000. Australia’s Most Outrageous Weddings landed the network in fourth place at 7.30 ahead of the double Love Child. Later, Footy Classified had 170,000 fans in AFL markets and Hot Seat averaged 591,000 in the afternoon.

Over on Ten, The Project (737,000 and 502,000) gained the network’s top result while Have You Been Paying Attention? was a timeslot winner with 736,000 as well as number one in key demographics. Earlier, All Star Family Feud managed 668,000 after Ten Eyewitness News had 544,000 and Family Feud 649,000. Later, NCIS: New Orleans saw 221,000 tune in.

ABC News (827,000) and Australian Story (768,000) made the top ten for ABC with other titles in the broadcaster’s line-up down from recent results. 7:30 had 720,000 while Four Corners slipped to 700,000 and Media Watch to 625,000. Q&A missed the top twenty this week with 525,000.

Predict My Future: The Science of Us (211,000) and SBS World News were best for SBS.

At breakfast, Sunrise had 318,000 to lead from Today and 291,000 and ABC News Breakfast on 107,000 and 54,000.

See [Monday 1 August 2016] (Monday 1 August 2016) for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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