Ratings: Ten’s Long Lost Family draws 564,000 for debut

The first episode of the Ten Network’s new family reunion show Long Lost Family got off to a modest start last night with a 5-city metro audience of 564,000.

It trailed Seven’s My Kitchen Rules that was the number one show with 1.3 million and ABC’s 7.30 on 662,000 to be third in its timeslot. However, it was ahead of Nine’s Embassy that continued to disappoint with 450,000.

Seven was more than ten points clear of any rival on 34.8%. Nine managed 23.8%, ABC had 17.4%, Ten 16.4% and SBS 7.7%.

My Kitchen Rules (1,307,000) and Seven News (1,016,000 and 956,000) took the top three places for the night. Home and an Away dropped to 734,000 and later First Dates was steady with 738,000. In the afternoon, The Chase had 582,000 and 399,000 while later Ramsay’s Hotel Hell averaged 306,000.

Nine News (936,000 and 910,000) topped Nine’s night while A Current Affair (876,000) was number one at 7pm. Next best was Hot Seat (481,000) in the afternoon with The Embassy on 450,000 at 7.30. A spilt schedule then followed with the NRL version of The Footy Show managing 168,000 and a movie Catch Me If You Can just 146,000 in AFL territory.

ABC News (772,000) and 7:30 (662,000) made the top ten for ABC. Big week-on-week drops followed, however, for The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (532,000) and Home Delivery with Julia Zemiro (517,000). The debut of Luke Warm Sex with 483,000 was an improvement on last week’s Black Comedy that it replaced.

Meanwhile, Long Lost Family was Ten’s best result, just ahead of Family Feud on 541,000. The Project slipped to 513,000 and 437,000 with Ten Eyewitness News earlier on 480,000. Later, Madam Secretary had 353,000 and The Good Wife 283,000.

Over on SBS, most viewers tuned in for SBS 24 Hours in Emergency (309,000), Walking Through History (261,000) and Vikings (222,000).

At breakfast, Sunrise (305,000) had a narrow win over Today (302,000) with ABC News Breakfast on 86,000 and 50,000. Later, Seven’s The Morning Show had 142,000, Nine’s Today Extra 119,000 and Studio 10 had 68,000.

See Wednesday 16 March 2016 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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