Current affairs programs were the big winners this weekend, while Nine’s ratings plummet thanks to poor programming.
Seven’s night in metro and regional markets (and in the demographics as well) thanks to the live episode of The X Factor doing the job. It averaged 2.283 million national/1.522 million metro/ 761,000 regional viewers and easily accounted for Nine’s tired reprise of Australia’s Got Talent which had 1.689 million national/ 1.183 million metro/ 506,000 regional viewers, which was OK, but nowhere near enough for a so-called ‘tentpole’ reality program of this type.
Ten’s MasterChef stalled on the first night of its final elimination week — its 846,000 national/716,000 metro/ 130,000 regional viewers nowhere near enough to give the program any momentum. And to think Ten is now calling for starts for the 2014 series. Nine’s broadcasts of the Ashes tests in the UK faded to almost black (in main channel terms, that is) on Gem. The first session had 369,000 national/ 240,000 metro/ 129,000 regional viewers and on 105,000 on Fox Sports (474,000 all up). Does not bode well for the return bout in summer (which thankfully, will be low rating and help Nine to look good).
And like last week, TheX Factor fed viewers into the following programs, Bones, and then Castle.Bones at 8.30pm easily accounted for Underbelly: Squizzy and averaged 1.752 million national/1.144 million metro/ 608,000 regional viewers. At 9.30pm, Castle had 1.223 million national viewers/ 809,000 metro/ 414,000 regional viewers. Bones and Castle were the icing on the cake last night for Seven.
Underbelly: Squizzy should be renamed Underbelly: Fizzy because of another night of being all but invisible to viewers. It averaged 1.122 million national/782,000 metro/ 340,000 regional viewers. Bones thrashed it by 600,000 viewers across the country. The Time of Our Lives on ABC1 at 8.30pm averaged 999,000 national/ 690,000 metro/ 309,000 regional viewers. Satisfying TV.
ABC1’s Compass at 6.30pm finished its series on ‘movements’. Last night’s episode was on the Masons. It was excellent and the audience figures reflected that with 846,000 national/ 528,000 metro/ 318,000 regional viewers. Compass is a little program in the greater scheme of things at ABC TV, but is punching above its weight at the moment.
Seven won last week in metro and regional markets thanks to The X Factor, and also won the demos.
Network channel share:
Network main channels:
SBS ONE (3.0%)
Top digital channels:
7TWO, 7mate (3.8%)
ABC2, ONE (2.2%)
Top 10 national programs:
The X Factor Live (Seven) — 2.283 million
Seven News — 1.978 million
Nine News — 1.886 million
60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.832 million
Bones (Seven) — 1.752 million
Australia’s Got Talent (Nine) — 1.689 million
ABC News — 1.334 million
Castle (Seven) — 1.223 million
Grand Designs Revisited (ABC1) — 1.177 million
Dreambuild (ABC1) — 1.122 million
Top metro programs:
The X Factor Live (Seven) — 1.522 million
Nine News — 1.342 million
Seven News — 1.340 million
60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.286 million
Australia’s Got Talent (Nine) — 1.183 million
Bones (Seven) — 1.144 million
Losers:Ripper Street, Ten at 8.30pm (617,000 national/ 472,000/ 145,000 regional). The Wanted of Sunday night.Metro news and current affairs: