Amazing Race Australia: Celebrity is off and running for 10

Celebrity edition of Amazing Race draws a crowd to 10. While the Men Are Away lifts in Total TV. Nine wins Wednesday.

The Amazing Race Australia: Celebrity launched for 10 last night drawing 486,000 metro viewers, one of its better premiere numbers of late, with comedian Dane Simpson & father Bow eliminated.

It was the second best entertainment show of the night and even eclipsed The Block in two older demos.

But The Block still came out on top at 589,000.

Meanwhile Hard Quiz (470,000), 7:30 (439,000) and The Voice: Road to the Grand Finale followed at 304,000.

Later RFDS wrapped its season at 279,000 then Mother & Son (253,000), Luxe Listings Sydney (237,000), WTFAQ (233,000) and Heat (206,000). The Amazing Race (US) returned to 72,000.

Nine network won Wednesday with 29.0% then Seven 26.9%, 10 18.7%, ABC 17.8% and SBS 7.6%.

Nine News (730,000 / 704,000) was best for Nine. A Current Affair led at 671,000 then Hot Seat (361,000 / 225,000).  Dream Listing Byron Bay was 43,000 in 3 cities.

Seven News was #1 at 818,000 / 810,000. The Chase pulled 459,000 / 286,000 then Home & Away (449,000).

The Project pulled 295,000 / 180,000 for 10. 10 News First managed 187,000 / 136,000.

ABC News scored 537,000. Pointless (146,000), Would I Lie to You? (132,000), The Drum (125,000) and Starstruck (109,000) followed.

On SBS it was SBS World News (140,000 / 101,000), Bettany Hughes: Treasures of Estonia (117,000), Elvis Women (71,000), Mastermind (68,000) and While the Men Are Away (63,000) saw a big lift in Total TV.

The Adventures of Paddington led multichannels at 103,000.

Sunrise: 200,000
Today: 192,000
News Breakfast:  90,000 / 52,000

In Total TV numbers last Wednesday were:

While the Men Are Away:  328,000
The Block: 1.28m
WTFAQ: 352,000
Thank God You’re Here: 816,000
MKR: 1.08m
Home & Away: 926,000
Inspired Unemployed (Impractical) Jokers: 334,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 4 October 2023

13 Responses

  1. Looks more celebrities will be off and racing in 2023 based on those numbers.

    RFDS will surely get a second season given the loyal audience numbers- airing on a new night for the last episode it held the normal audience it was getting on a Tuesday and also on 7plus.

  2. I watched TAR US last night. It was good to have the little extra time to meet all the teams but I felt it dragged in places. After the first 30 I checked my watch and was like gosh still an hour to go and a similar thing after an hour had passed. Then they seemed to speed through the last ten minutes to remind you this is the Amazing Race.

    Afterwards, I watched a little bit of The Latest which was alright but poor Michael Usher had to speed read through sections to keep up and then one of his guests, a finance guy, was talking so fast that some of the viewers wouldn’t have been able to understand him. Why have guests if you are that time restricted?

  3. For you trivia buffs out there, a new version of this franchise has just started in Finland and it is using a similar format to Season 7 here in Australia, and started last week (30 September to be exact) with celebrities and a loved one.

  4. Enjoyed both amazing races last night.

    Also enjoyed the final ep of RFDS. I hope it comes back for a 3rd season. It’s a great show with a wonderful cast.

  5. Enjoyed both the Australian and US versions last night (watched the US version on Seven about 50 minutes after the Australian version finished on 10). From what I have seen on various sites, this season is not as long as recent seasons (I think just 12 episodes, so 2 episodes a week would equal 6 weeks, which should take it to the end of the ratings for the year).

    If you haven’t seen the US version, last season’s winners Derek & Claire were in last night’s episode giving the clue after the teams had to complete a task (it was a Road Block in case you were wondering).

  6. As an Aussie of Indian origin, I was pleasantly surprised to see how authentically India was represented, which is rare on Aussie screens.

    India is a country of massive opposites. People living in great luxury and difficulty live barely minutes from each other. 5-star hotels are adjacent to slums. That’s the reality however often the abject poverty gets the focus and vice versa SBS had some documentaries on palaces which isn’t representative of 80% of the county.

    TAR did a fabulous job balancing the two. Acknowledging the privilege we have here in AUS but embracing the chaos of India. The noise and narrow lanes, helpful people, luxury suites but the struggle with heat. And maintained the excitement/charm of any amazing race instead of being preachy.

    Have high hopes for the rest of this season.

  7. As a TARA fan, I thought a celeb version would be my breaking point…but fair play, it was a great debut. A bit disappointing that the only indigenous racers were a physically weak team who didn’t stand a chance. It would have been good to have had their visibility as we consider the Voice over the next week.

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