The final of House Rules 2017 on Seven was mugged last night by the debut on Nine of the Australian version of a Japanese game show called Sasuke. It is on NBC in the US. However you describe it, Australian Ninja Warrior was successfully introduced to Australians (the US version has been on SBS) grabbing 2.32 million national viewers with 1.68 million in the metros and 648,000 in the regions. Nine was a very clear winner in the metros.The winner’s announcement on House Rules on Seven averaged a solid 1.84 million and the grand final part 1.64 million. 

A year ago, the 2016 final of House Rules averaged 2.14 million national viewers for the winner’s announcement and 1.95 million for the final. The shortfall can be easily explained by the rush of viewers to Nine for the Ninjas.  Looking at Ninja last night, I wonder how it will go as the season continues. It is on Nine tonight and Tuesday, and with Wednesday’s third and deciding State of Origin game, we will see Nine win the week easily. But you do wonder how many of last night’s big audience will return in coming weeks. Ten’s Masterchef Australia was badly squeezed and it could only manage 828,000 national viewers. And if anyone is interested, Seven started Yummy Mummies last night at 9pm.  Two episodes, the first 1.21 million (more than OK) and the second just 638,000. Even accounting for the late start to episode two, it is a big thumbs down from viewers who didn’t feel compelled to hang around.