Ratings are in after Lisa Wilkinson joins The Project
LISA Wilkinson's switch to Channel 10 has had an immediate impact on the Sunday edition of The Project.
Last night's return of the news and current affairs show averaged an impressive 583,000 viewers across the five capital cities between 7pm and 7.30pm.
That is a massive leap from last year when the Sunday edition of The Project struggled to get past the 300,000 viewers mark.
Ten is so thrilled with the result that it has announced that Wilkinson will now be a regular presenter of the Thursday and Friday editions of the show.
"We are delighted with how viewers have responded to Lisa Wilkinson's first night as host of The Sunday Project, which had its biggest audience ever last night," Ten program chief Beverley McGarvey said.
"Lisa did a wonderful job and we look forward to her joining the rest of The Project team on Thursday and Friday nights."
Wilkinson's debut, which included an emotional surrogacy story, drew an overwhelmingly positive response from viewers. The Sunday Project averaged 481,000 viewers between 6.30pm and 7pm.
Seven's coverage of the Australian Open Men's tennis final between Roger Federer and Marin Cilic was the night's top rating program with 1.73 million viewers across the five capital cities.
The marathon five-set match couldn't compete with last year's Federer versus Rafael Nadal final which averaged a whopping 2.686 million viewers.
Ten got plenty of joy out of the return of I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! which topped 1.274 million viewers.
The result bettered last year's opening episode which averaged 1.103 million viewers. This year's line-up includes tennis brat Bernard Tomic, actor Kerry Armstrong, and rocker Shannon Noll. Boxer Anthony Mundine enters the jungle tonight.
Nine's Australia v England One Day Cricket match averaged 969,000 for session one and 943,000 for session two.