Ninja finishes on a high

Australian Ninja Warrior topped the night with 1.22m for the bulk of its grand final, rising to 1.34m for the moment that Charlie Robbins was announced as “winner.”

It was up on 2018’s grand final (1.09m / 1.14m). Naturally, it also topped the demos for Nine.

That was around twice the audience of Australian Survivor (655,000), Back Roads (637,000), Australia’s Got Talent (630,000) and 7:30 (615,000).

Have You Been Paying Attention? was 10’s best performer at 673,000 but no surprises at being overshadowed by the Ninja final.

Elsewhere the breakfast battle tightened….

Nine network won Tuesday with 31.8% then Seven 25.4%, 10 18.9%, ABC 16.0% and SBS 7.9%.

Nine News drew 953,000 / 927,000 then A Current Affair (885,000), Hot Seat (526,000 / 294,000).  Events that Changed the World: A Foreign Affair was 221,000 in 2 cities.

Seven News won its slot at 1.1m / 1.02m for Seven. Home and Away was 707,000, The Chase was 644,000 / 388,000 and SWAT (340,000 / 256,000).

The Project drew 496,000 / 279,000 for 10 then 10 News First (367,000). Celebrity Name Game was low at 193,000 and an Arj Barker comedy special was 182,000.

ABC News (678,000), Four Corners (453,000), Media Watch (449,000), Q&A (315,000) and The Drum (202,000) also comprised ABC’s night.

On SBS it was Secrets of the Royal Service (216,000), 24 Hours in Emergency (196,000 / 184,000) and SBS World News (145,000). Mastermind returned to 83,000.

Bluey again topped multichannels on 213,000.

Sunrise: 248,000
Today: 210,000
News Breakfast: 111,000 / 50,000

OzTAM Overnights: Monday 29 July 2019.


  1. I like Ninja Warrior but I was a bit disappointed that the winner didn’t climb Mt Midoriama. I know they had to change the rules so they didn’t have any more series where there was no winner, but when they said that a winner would be named I thought he’d go all the way.

    Still, it was a better and fresher series than last year when the genre was poisoned by Seven’s disastrous Australian Spartan earlier that year. Seven was able to hijack other formats and make them their own (MasterChef/MKR, 60 Minutes/Sunday Night), but in this case it is good to see viewers sticking to the original and the best.

  2. Watched Australia’s Got Talent but gave up after about 30 minutes. Not a very good production at all and the judges are annoying. Switched over to Ninja which I have only watched snippets of before but I was enthralled. Maybe it was because it was the final but it was very exciting TV. Agree with Sully yesterday, AGT will bomb.

  3. Bloody hope that tired old pile that Nine has coming up next week gets the poor ratings it deserves!! If MKR suffers such a ratings decline, then surely The Block should too unless there’s sneaky play going on here. I’m sick of seeing these consistently high ratings for Nine’s realities, I swear this whole ratings system is rigged in Nine’s favour this year. There is no way all their programs can really be this high considering their bad quality and the numbers the other networks achieve. I don’t even watch one of their s****y programs!! God help us if they become Number 1…

  4. Very disappointed in 10 running the add saying Nova was voted out just after Survivor started. I always stay off social media when these shows are on before I see them but thought I would be safe now. Very annoying.

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