Ratings: Major stumble for Reno Rumble, debuts to 395,000

The second season of Nine’s Reno Rumble got off to a disastrous start on Monday night with just 395,000 metro viewers tuning in.

The result compares to 876,000 for the premiere episode of the first series in 2015 and placed the stripped renovation show fourth across its timeslot. It was easily beaten by Seven’s My Kitchen Rules, ABC’s 7.30 and All Star Family Feud on Ten and adds to a series of reality failures from Nine this year.

The result meant that Seven’s dominant ratings position continued with a 33.4% network share. Nine slumped to 21.5% with ABC (21.1%) and Ten (19.7%) building audience while SBS edged down to 4.3%. Seven won all cities and demographic groups with Ten second with younger audiences.

Seven’s My Kitchen Rules improved to 1,462,000 to remain the number one program. Seven News was had a narrow win at 6pm with 1,060,000 slipping to 1,008,000 at 6.30pm with Downton Abbey (856,000) and Home and Away (800,000) also making the top ten. Earlier, The Chase had 612,000 and 412,000 in the afternoon and Castle had 256,000 in the late night timeslot.

Monday also saw the debut of the new look 7Flix line up. The schedule of Grey’s Anatomy (69,000), Once Upon A Time (42,000) and How to Get Away With Murder (34,000) saw no change from previous results with the new channel’s share just 0.9%.

Nine News got its network off to a good start with 1,023,000 at 6pm and 1,004,000 at 6.30pm with A Current Affair slipping to 793,000 at 7pm. The rest of the night fell away as Reno Rumbles then had 395,000 with World’s Weirdest Homes following with 336,000 while Footy Classified had 212,000 in three cities. Hot Seat continued to edge up with 575,000 in the afternoon.

ABC News won its timeslot for ABC with 836,000 with Australian Story the network’s number one show on 862,000. Four Corners (676,000), Media Watch (590,000) and Q&A (546,000) all recovered from last week’s poor numbers to make the top twenty.

All Star Family Feud topped Ten’s night with 675,000 up from 648,000 for last week’s premiere. Earlier, The Project had 600,000 and 436,000, Family Feud 577,000 and Ten Eyewitness News 486,000. Later, Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala averaged 474,000.

Secrets of the Brain (179,000) and Flying to the Ends of the Earth (136,000) were the best for SBS.

Sunrise and Today tied at breakfast both well down on recent numbers with 287,000 while ABC News Breakfast had 84,000 and 61,000.

See Tuesday 15 March 2016 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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