Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Home & Away’s Angel no longer hunted
The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Seven won what was a pretty average night of viewing, except for A Moody Christmas and The Hamster Wheel on ABC1. The Force with more than 1.7 million national viewers (and over 1.1 million metro) and Highway Patrol (with more than 1.6 million national and 1.1 million metro viewers) dominated the night for Seven. That left Seven wining All People and all the major demos. Seven was again very solid in regional markets.
A Moody Christmas (616,000 metro and 868,000 nationally) and then the final turn of The Hamster Wheel (606,000 metro and 861,000 nationally) for this year from The Chaser were the highlights last night (at least for me). A Moody Christmas had all the strands of a modern Australian family get together: drink, heart trouble, inter-family rivalry and tension (s-xual and emotional), and the visit to the hospital after a heart problem late on Christmas Day. Been there, done that in one way or another.
Hamster Wheel gave A Current Affair a justifiable bashing for the offensive Asian shopping centre invention of last week — a confected piece of nonsense that should never have seen the light of day. Talk about finding the shortest way to undermine your reputation. What was especially nice about The Hamster Wheel’s critique of ACA’s two stories is the way it highlighted the way ACA made special promos for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, about a story based in Sydney’s Castle Hill. Those promos were simply misleading. Tracy Grimshaw didn’t mention that in her self-justifying back announce after the second report late last week.
Tonight: More Beauty and The Geek on Seven (two episodes from 7.30pm). Redfern Now on ABC1 at 8.30pm (after Catalyst). Tired old CSI on Nine, also at 8pm. More Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals and another new episode in the fading ratings beauty known as Law and Order: SVU on Ten. SBS ONE has a couple of foodie programs with Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong 2 the highlight.
UK Update: Australian actress, Melissa George is no longer Hunted. She had a hissy fit this week when Seven’s Sunrise asked her about her time on Home and Away. She also hung up on other media who were following up her performance on the Seven morning chat show. But overnight there was really bad news for George. Hunted, the struggling BBC1 spy drama starring George, has been terminated with prejudice. The program, which screens on SBS ONE here, has been “decommissioned” after six episodes. The reason, as usual for these decisions: falling audience numbers. Hunted’s first episode attracted around 4.5 million viewers in early October, but that had slumped to just 2.6 million last Thursday for the sixth episode. There are two more episodes to screen in the series which some at the BBC had seen as a successor to Spooks, a natural belief seeing it was from the same production group as Spooks, a company called Kudos, which is part of Shine, the production company now owned by News Corporation.
The top 10 national programs (metro & regional combined):
- The Force (Seven) — 1.784 million.
- Highway Patrol (Seven) — 1.682 million.
- Seven News — 1.638 million.
- Nine News — 1.459 million.
- A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.431 million.
- ABC1 News (7pm) — 1.408 million.
- Home and Away (Seven) — 1.396 million.
- Dynamo: Magician Impossible (Seven) — 1.299 million.
- Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.186 million.
- 7.30 (ABC1) — 1.098 million.
The Metro Winners:
- The Force (Seven, 8pm) — 1.166 million.
- Highway Patrol (Seven, 7.30pm) — 1.125 million.
- Seven News (6pm) — 1.109 million.
The Losers: The audience generally last night, except for ABC1 from 7.30 to 9.30pm, and perhaps Seven from 7.30 to 8.30pm and Ten at 7.30 pm.Metro News & CA: Nine News won Sydney and Melbourne (again). Seven News won the rest. TT won Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. ACA won Melbourne (again). But the 7pm ABC1 News won Sydney and Melbourne, topping the more promoted commercial news programs at Nine and Seven. Daylight saving helped again, of course and the long commutes for many viewers.
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