Ratings: Seven First Dates lifts to 978,000 as Nine’s Embassy struggles

The third episode of Seven’s new dating series First Dates grew its audience by just over 100,000 viewers from the previous week to be the number four program on Wednesday.

It was helped by a good lead in from My Kitchen Rules, that was also up; last night drawing 1,689,000 viewers compared to 1,544,000 the previous Wednesday. By contrast, Nine’s observation series The Embassy slipped to fourth in its timeslot with just 372,000, down from 485,000 the previous week.

Seven’s audience share improved to 36.4% largely at the expense of Nine that slipped to 24.6%. Ten was steady with 16.8% while ABC (16.0%) and SBS (6.3%) were down marginally.

Seven News again topped the 6-7pm timeslot with 1,046,000 and 996,000 with Home and Away improving to 885,000 to win the 7pm spot as well for the network. Earlier, The Chase had 382,000 at 5pm, lifting to 568,000 at 5.30pm.

Nine News averaged 953,000 and 888,000 with A Current Affair on 854,000. A new episode of The Big Bang Theory was steady with 789,000 but the repeat that followed dropped to 579,000. Later, Oceans Thirteen had 211,000 while Hot Seat saw 537,000 tune in at 5.30pm.

Ten’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here slipped slightly to 685,000 while, earlier Ten Eyewitness News had 471,000, Family Feud 511,000 and The Project 552,000 and 460,000. Later, Madam Secretary improved slightly to 414,000 (corrected time) with The Good Wife on 283,000.

Meanwhile, ABC News (806,000) made the top ten with 7.30 next best for ABC with 599,000. The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (545,000) and Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery (539,000) saw gains but Black Comedy slipped again to 339,000. The Last Leg later had 338,000 and Antiques Roadshow averaged 243,000.

Over on SBS, 24 Hours in Emergency (246,000) and Tony Robinson’s Victory in Europe (205,000) were best.

Breafast TV ratings were again close with Nine’ Today with 319,000 edging out Seven’s Sunrise with 318,000 while ABC News Breakfast had 100,000 and 61,000.

See Wednesday 17 February 2016 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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