Ratings: Record ratings for Seven’s The Chase Australia

Channel Seven’s afternoon quiz show The Chase recorded its highest audience ever yesterday with an average of 623,000 watching across its one hour broadcast.

The second half of the show rated 760,000 according to preliminary OzTAM estimates, its highest ever while the 5-5.30 portion recorded an audience of 487,000. That placed the average just ahead of the audience for the first ever broadcast in September last year.

In prime time it was a narrow win for the Nine Network with 27.9%, just ahead of Seven with 27.3%. Ten was third on 19.7% with ABC dropping to 18.2% and SBS on 6.9%. In the advertiser focused demographic results it was also close with Nine winning 25-54, Ten ahead in 16-39 and a three-way tie in 18-49.

For Nine, The Voice saw its reality rivals closing the gap as it recorded the lowest rating in the history of the franchise with 1,186,000. That was just enough to keep its number one program spot, just ahead of Nine News at 6.30 with 1,150,000 after the 6pm segment had 1,129,000. A Current Affair was number one at 7pm again with 1,092,000 while the afternoon Hot Seat was steady on 631,000. Later, Soundbreaking dropped to 415,000 down from 540,000 the previous week and Footy Classified had 134,000 in the three AFL markets.

Over on Seven, its news service gave the network its best numbers with 1,144,000 and 1,045,000 while House Rules lifted to 801,000 in the 7.30 time slot. Home and Away managed 785,000 and the reunion episode of Seven Year Switch saw 785,000 tune in, down from the 903,000 that watched the previous week’s final. Later, the final Castle had 290,000 and 188,000. On 7Mate, Bogans rated 107,000 and 105,000.

MasterChef’s first elimination episode of the week was watched by 927,000 up from 893,000 the previous Monday while Have You Been Paying Attention? that followed scored 700,000 fans. The Project (663,000 and 556,000), Family Feud (656,000) and Ten Eyewitness News (565,000) were next best for the network with CSI: Cyber later on 290,000 and Elementary with 144,000.

Meanwhile, ABC News made the top ten with 796,000 with 7.30 grabbing 631,000. Australian Story improved slightly from last week’s low to 593,000 while Media Watch slipped to 593,000 and Q&A managed 554,000. Four Corners hit a season low of just 512,000.

Greece with Simon Reeve (334,000) and Michael Mosley: Trust Me I’m a Doctor (316,000) were SBS’s best performers.

Some afternoon ratings included The Bold and the Beautiful (362,000), Everyday Gourmet (179,000), Judge Judy (155,000) and MasterChef Encore 146,000 on Ten. Seven News at 4.30 (288,000), Seven News at 4 (282,000), The Chase UK (247,000) and Daily Edition with 114,000 on Seven with Nine’s Afternoon News (195,000), Ellen 126,000 and Nine News Now 118,000 on Nine.

At breakfast time, Nine’s Today rated 372,000 to easily beat Sunrise on Seven that slipped to 289,000 while ABC News Breakfast had 94,000 and 55,000. Later, The Morning Show had 154,000, Today Extra 134,000 with Studio 10 rating 77,000.

See [Monday 23 May 2016] (Monday 23 May 2016) for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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