Ratings: Viewers steer clear of new Top Gear as Nine slips to third again

The Nine Network was pushed to third place again last night on the back of a poor performance by the new series of Top Gear that premiered in Sydney and Brisbane.

The new look motoring program now hosted by Chris Evens and Matt LeBlanc ranked 29th in Sydney with 97,000 viewers and 28th in Brisbane with 67,000. This combined with 293,000 viewers who were watching RBT in the other three markets to see the network in fourth place at 7.30pm.

Overall, Seven won the night with 27.2% ahead of Ten with 24.1%, Nine on 23.6%, ABC’s 17.3% and SBS on 7.8%. Ten was again number one with the key younger demographic groups.

Seven News (1,047,000 and 944,000) got Seven off to a good start in prime time. Next best were factual duo The Force Behind the Line (775,000) and Border Security (767,000) with Home and Away rating 729,000. The afternoon’s The Chase grabbed 681,000 and 456,000 with a double episode of Criminal Minds with 626,000 and 554,000.

MasterChef continued its run to the finals with 1,191,000 dominating at 7.30 for last night’s elimination while Offspring that followed improved to 845,000. Earlier, The Project had 726,000 and 442,000, Family Feud 560,000 and Ten Eyewitness News 505,000 and later and Madam Secretary averaged 187,000.

Meanwhile, Nine News had a rare win across its hour broadcast with 1,107,000 and 1,043,000 with A Current Affair number one at 7pm with 835,000. With a split schedule, Hot Seat was next best with 592,000. The NRL Footy Show had 89,000 in Sydney (ranked 31st) and 81,000 in Brisbane (ranked 24th) while The Hunger Games had just 146,000 elsewhere.

ABC News (785,000) ranked eighth for the night and was the public broadcaster’s best result. 7.30 was next best with 672,000 as Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell averaged 655,000 and QI 530,000 to make the top twenty. Catherine Tate’s Nan had a disappointing 317,000 with Antiques Roadshow earlier on 317,000.

The late night telecast of Tour de France helped SBS’s share improve with an average audience of 206,000 while earlier Byzantium: The Tale of Three Cities had 245,000.

A tight battle for the breakfast TV viewer saw Sunrise (331,000) just pip Today (330,000) with ABC News Breakfast on 105,000 and 51,000. Later, The Morning Show saw 178,000 tune in, well ahead of Today Extra (128,000) and Studio 10 (83,000).

See [Wednesday 20 July 2016] (Wednesday 20 July 2016) for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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