Australian Survivor return strong for 10

Australian Survivor has returned with its biggest ever season premiere at 807,000 over a 2 hour premiere -up on 2018’s 716,000.

That was enough to top the demos and, together with a share over on 10 Bold, helped the network to land second for the night …with Nine pushed to third.

10’s Beverley McGarvey has said, “Last night’s Australian Survivor launch was a fantastic start to what we believe is the best season yet.

“A huge thanks and congratulations to the all the competitors, Jonathan and the brilliant team behind the scenes who have put together yet another amazing season.

“These contestants really are here to play and we can’t wait to share more of what’s to come.”

It was a better figure than Anh’s Brush with Fame (722,000),  7:30 (580,000), Young Sheldon (481,000 / 369,000) and Britain’s Got Talent (451,000),

Survivor not withstanding, the correct episode of Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell (in which he cheekily opened wth Adam Hills Tonight credits) drew 607,000 from 8:30pm.

It’s worth noting that neither Seven nor Nine could improve on their two 5pm game shows with anything after 7:30pm.

Seven won Wednesday with 25.9% then 10 24.2%, Nine 24.0%, ABC 16.8% and SBS 9.1%.

Seven News (1.08m / 1.01m) was #1 for Seven then Home and Away (652,000) and The Chase (604,000 / 367,000).

Nine News (902,000 / 860,000) led for Nine then A Current Affair (760,000) and Hot Seat (556,000 / 312,000). A Guardians of the Galaxy 2 movie was 275,000.

The Project drew 487,000 / 293,000 then 10 News First (374,000), My Life is Murder (373,000) and Celebrity Name Game (242,000).

ABC News (630,000), Squinters (293,000), The Drum (188,000) and Insert Name Here (173,000) comprised ABC’s other shows.

On SBS it was 24 Hours in Emergency (222,000), Going Places with Ernie Dingo (178,000), Great British Railway Journeys (155,000), Tour de France (150,000) and SBS World News (138,000).

10 Bold’s NCIS topped multichannels at 198,000.

Sunrise: 251,000
Today: 199,000
News Breakfast: 120,000 / 40,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 24 July 2019


  1. mateo_mathieu

    Ouch at MLIM. It probably would have been working if this was in 90’s. It’s 2019, the TV landscape has changed a lot over decades.

  2. Love love love Survivor but I fell asleep while the tribal council was on and missed the vote It always drags on for too long. My only gripe.

  3. And then 10 will go and screw is up by putting Survivor back to Sunday and mondays… they launched it Wed/Thur… they should leave it Wed/Thur. I’m convinced that’s the reason it got such good results last night (despite me loving every second of every season lol).
    Bachelor is a stronger brand, so it should get the tougher slot to compete in… ??‍♂️

  4. I’d be surprised at a second season. It’s good that it’s something different to the other dramas on OZ Free to air. It’s encores/online etc aren’t picking up as much as five bedrooms and “footy wives”.

  5. Gave it another chance and watched Ep 2 last night. Danielle Cormack was good as always but unfortunately just in a one-off role. Overall am finding MLIM pretty disappointing.
    Probably won’t watch again..

  6. Good to see ratings are better than some previous seasons. I really don’t know why it was 2 hours long though, with all the padding.

    The Boostjuice ads by Janine were a bit weird – took the vibe away that she was there for a personal challenge rather than a marketing gimmick.

    • I do like the succinctness of the US version and thought some convos were extraneous (tribal council, some power manoeuvring), but as there are still a lot of people to establish I’d grant some leeway. Endemol Shine have form with this show, so looking forward to picking up pace.

      • I agree with you David. I absolutely love the US version because of its tight editing. The Aussie version just doesn’t have the drama & actually took away from the challenge when they showed Andy practicing throwing in his package you knew he was going to step up & win it.
        The drama doesn’t build like the US version either as there is too much padding.

    • I agree that it was incredibly drawn out. The US version gets straught into it. We don’t need the backstories. Just let them outwit, outplay and outlast!

    • You mean CBS? I haven’t watched any FTA in years and great to see new graphics, not heavily placed all of the screen and the show running on time. Great to see the network tamed!

      • It’s not perfect though. Have You Been Paying Attention a few weeks ago started 20 minutes behind schedule because MasterChef ran over time. I think the TV guide had stated it would start at 8.30pm, but it didn’t actually start until just after 8.50.

  7. Did 10 do a switcheroo and play a repeat of My Life Is Murder last night?

    You’d think they would want to build on Survivor’s lead-in with a new episode.

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