Ratings: Seven wins Wednesday despite big drop for First Dates

Seven’s observational series First Dates hit a season low last night of 735,000 metropolitan viewers as its audience dropped almost 250,000 from the previous week’s high.

Earlier, My Kitchen Rules’ audience also slipped with 1.4 million fans last night down from 1.69 the previous Wednesday. The result saw Seven’s network share slip but it was still had an easy win with 32.9% of the five-city audience. Nine’s fortunes improved after replacing the under-performing The Embassy with the movie The Blind Side to grab 28.0%. Ten was steady with 16.7%, with ABC on 15.5% and SBS with 6.8%. Seven received a remarkable 41.2% share in Perth while Nine had a rare win in Adelaide with 31.9%.

The number one show was again My Kitchen Rules on 1,437,000 with Seven News (1,008,000 and 967,000) the number one bulletin. Home and Away was steady with 866,000 while First Dates came in at number ten, down from fourth place last week. The afternoon’s The Chase managed 581,000 and 409,000 while later Ramsay’s Hotel Hell had 332,000.

Nine News (941,000 and 922,000) and A Current Affair (798,000) were best for Nine with The Big Bang Theory seeing 783,000 tune in for a new episode and 710,000 for the repeat that followed. Hot Seat had 486,000 in the afternoon while The Blind Slide had 468,000.

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here maintained its momentum for Ten with 696,000 watching last night. Earlier, The Project had 555,000 and 409,000, Family Feud had 521,000 and Ten Eyewitness News 495,000. Later, Madam Secretary (416,000) was steady with The Good Wife on 230,000.

ABC News (785,000) made the top ten for ABC with 7.30 next best for the network on 625,000. Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery (558,000) and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (529,000) were steady with Black Comedy on 347,000 and The Last Leg with 267,000.

Vikings returned with 321,000 for SBS and Walking Through History had 222,000.

Sunrise (329,000) was on top at breakfast, ahead of Today (313,000) and ABC News Breakfast with 91,000 (for the third day in a row) on ABC and 48,000 on ABCNews24. Early Sunrise had 192,000 just behind Early Today on 196,000. Sunrise at 5.30 had 79,000 while Today at 5.30 had 86,000.

Later, The Morning Show had 142,000 and 107,000, Today Extra had 100,000 and 85,000 and Studio 10 averaged 68,000 and 46,000.

See Wednesday 24 February 2016 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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