Plate of Origin (Image: Seven)
Plate of Origin hosts Gary Mehigan, Manu Feildel and Matt Preston (Image: Seven)

Kitten lives on, Lucy Durack is exposed and The Masked Singer rules, sinking Plate of Origin (which is Seven West Media CEO James Warburton’s first major new program dud at Seven).

In fact Plate of Origin isn’t so much new but a reworked My Kitchen Rules, which saw falling ratings this year. Plate of Origin is now following suit. Last night’s national figure of 734,000 was 231,000 (or close to 25%) less than the debut 965,000 on Sunday night. For hosts Matt, Gary and Manu, a big thumbs down from viewers. Ten and MasterChef Australia will have a the last laugh, twice. 

The Masked Singer reveal (Lucy Durack) averaged 1.29 million (up nearly 28% from the previous Monday) with the lead-up averaging 1 million (which was still more than Plate of Origin), the whole episode averaged 1.14 million, which was also considerably more than the 1.01 million for the now usually weak-rating Monday episode of The Block, which dropped 261,000 from Sunday night’s reveal.

Always a big let down after a reveal. All three programs are back up again tonight. Can Plate of Origin hang on? It is a long way from the success of Farmer Wants A Wife on Sunday and Monday night of last week, but as the cliche goes… a week is a long time in TV (when your programming is weak).

In regional markets it was Seven News, 677,000; Seven News 6.30, 665000; Farmer Wants A Wife, 549,000; The Chase Australia 5.30pm, 430,000; Home and Away, 426,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (27.1%)
  2. Seven (25.0%)
  3. Ten (21.7%)
  4. ABC (17.7%)
  5. SBS (8.5%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (18.2%)
  2. Seven (17.3%)
  3. Ten (15.7%)
  4. ABC (13.6%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.6%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 10 Bold (4.0%)
  2. 7TWO (3.7%)
  3. GO (3.3%)
  4. Gem (2.6%)
  5. 7TWO (2.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News —1.883 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.778 million
  3. Nine/NBN News — 1.332 million
  4. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.329 million
  5. The Masked Singer — reveal (Ten) — 1.291 million
  6. 7pm ABC News — 1.149 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine)  — 1.110 million
  8. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 1.049 million
  9. Have You Been Paying Attention (Ten) — 1.039 million
  10. The Block (Nine) — 1.018 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.206 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.118 million
  3. Nine/NBN News — 1.034 million
  4. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.022 million

Losers: Seven and Plate Of Origin — an emerging flop.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.206 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.118 million
  3. Nine/NBN News — 1.034 million
  4. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.022 million
  5. 7pm ABC News — 791,000
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 781,000
  7. Australian Story (ABC) —  656,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 655,000
  9. The Project 7pm (ABC) — 535,000
  10. Four Corners (ABC) — 478,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 454,000/250,000
  2. Today (Nine) — 325,000/223,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 331,000/196,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 245,000 
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 139,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 61,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 82,000
  2. Alan Jones (Sky News) — 75,000
  3. Credlin (Sky News) — 74,000
  4. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 69,000
  5. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) — 50,000

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