Ratings: Nine's Australia’s Got Talent falls to new low but Today has big victory at breakfast

With just a week to go until the grand final, Nine’s 2016 version of Australia’s Got Talent sank to a new low last night with just 574,000 tuning in.

That was 83,000 lower than the previous week and placed the talent contest fourth in its timeslot. It saw Nine’s main channel slip to third with multichannels placing the network just ahead of ABC and Ten.

It was a different story for Nine at breakfast, however, where Today on 351,000 had an emphatic victory at over Seven’s Sunrise (281,000) and ABC News Breakfast (97,000 and 47,000).

It was another win to Seven that was steady with 32.3%. Nine slipped to 21.7% while ABC (21.2%) and Ten (20.3%) both improved while SBS was steady with 4.5%.

My Kitchen Rules dominated its timeslot with 1,450,000 with Downton Abbey that followed down slightly to 788,000. Earlier, Seven News had 1,062,000 and 1,049,000 and Home and Away 865,000. The afternoon’s The Chase was steady with 634,000 and 420,000 with Castle returning with 222,000.

Nine News improved last night with 1,071,000 and 992,00 to be Nine’s best title. A Current Affair also won its 7pm spot with 882,000. Later, Farmer Wants a Wife also hit a series low with 488,000 in preliminary numbers but the afternoon’s Hot Seat improved to 606,000.

ABC’s news and current affairs line up featured 7.30 (833,000) ABC News (823,000) and Australian Story (788,000) in the top ten with Four Corners (736,000), Media Watch (729,000) and Q & A (649,000) all up by 100,000 or more from the previous week.

Over on Ten, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here got two ratings entries 691,000 for the main program and 682,000 for the elimination (hardly worth the effort of splitting the number). Earlier, The Project’s Adelaide OB had 561,000 and 445,000 with Ten Eyewitness News on 501,000 and Family Feud 546,000. Later CSI: Cyber had 400,000 and 260,000.

The Brain with 189,000 and SBS World News on 128,000 topped SBS’s night.

Also on Nine, Today Extra (156,000) had a narrow victory over The Morning Show (150,000) on Seven.

See Monday 7 March 2016 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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