Ratings: NRL Footy Show slumps on new day as I'm a Celebrity and My Kitchen Rules grow

The continued Wednesday scheduling of Nine’s NRL Footy Show could be in doubt as its audience dropped to a new low last night with 142,000 Sydney viewers and just 55,000 in Brisbane.

The total of 197,000 was down from 253,000 for the season opener last week and placed Fatty and the team 19th in Sydney and just 33rd in Brisbane where it was outrated by many afternoon programs and ABC2 children’s shows. The result combined with poor numbers in AFL cities for repeat movies that fell well outside the top twenty in those markets.

Elsewhere, Nine’s loss was Ten’s gain with improved ratings for key programs while Seven remained steady as the top network on 34.0%. Nine slipped to 23.3% with Ten’s network share lifting to 18.4%. ABC (16.7%) and SBS (7.5%) also improved from the previous week.

My Kitchen Rules (1,494,000) and Home and Away (796,000) were Seven’s top entertainment shows with First Dates (754,000) also putting in another good performance. Earlier, Seven News had (986,000 and 937,000) and The Chase 551,000 and 384,000 while Ramsay’s Hotel Hell was steady on 348,000.

Nine got off to a good start with Nine News on 1,009,000 and 974,000 and A Current Affair (806,000) winning their timeslots but Embassy that followed could only manage 423,000.The afternoon’s Hot Seat had 549,000 with The NRL Footy Show total audience on 197,000. Gravity had 156,000 in two markets and Fugitive: Black Ops 201,000 in four cities.

Over on Ten, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here averaged 796,000 for the main program with 787,000 tuning in for the elimination of Shane Warne. Earlier results saw The Project from Adelaide on 573,000 and 430,000, Family Feud 537,000 and Ten Eyewitness News 510,000. Later, Madam Secretary (485,000) and The Good Wife (305,000) benefited from a bigger lead in this week.

ABC News (829,000) made the top ten for its network with 7.30 next best on 711,000. Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery (651,000) and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (600,000) both hit season highs while Adam Hills: The Last Leg had 335,000 and Black Comedy 334,000.

SBS’s night was topped by 24 Hours in Emergency (295,000) and Vikings (248,000).

At breakfast, Today (335,000) maintained its lead over Sunrise (315,000) and _ABC News Breakfas_t (105,000 and 55,000).

See Wednesday 9 March 2016 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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