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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: Dog Patrol an unlikely ratings hit

The popularity of a New Zealand reality show about sniffer dogs highlights just how dire programming can be in the off-ratings season.

A quiet night. Chicago Fire appeared on Seven’s main channel last night with back to back episodes. It is slow and I can understand why this “old” US show has taken its time to get here on Free To Air TV (it premiered on Fox 8 last January). Chicago Fire averaged  1.148 million national/743,000 metro/ 403,000 regional viewers for the two hours from 8.30pm and that helped the network to easily win the night in metro and regional markets.

But the sleepers for Seven were Dog Patrol (1.272 million national/ 762,000 metro/ 510,000 regional viewers) and Air Rescue at 8pm with 1.333 million metro/ 784,000 metro/ regional viewers. They swept the 7.30-8.30pm slots for Seven and set up the audience for Chicago Fire. Ten’s Homeland (530,000 national/ 382,000 metro/ 148,000 regional viewers) and Blue Bloods (335,000 national/230,000 metro/ 105,000 regional viewers) were as unappealing to viewers in non-ratings as they were in official ratings. Wake Up in the morning saw its usual Monday slide — just 28,000 metro and 48,000 national viewers. Studio 10 managed 43,000 metro and 61,000 national viewers.

The cricket finished early on Nine and had 972,000 national/ 660,000 metro/ 312,000 regional viewers for just over an hour of play and presentation.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (29.1%)
  2. Nine (26.8%)
  3. Ten (20.2%)
  4. ABC (18.4%)
  5. SBS (5.4%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (21.6%)
  2. Nine (19.0%)
  3. Ten (12.0%)
  4. ABC1 (11.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.0%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. ONE (5.3%)
  2. GO (4.3%)
  3. 7TWO (4.0%)
  4. ABC2 (3.8%)
  5. Gem (3.6%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.704 million
  2. Nine News  — 1.592 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.460 million
  4. Air Rescue (Seven) — 1.333 million
  5. Dog Patrol (Seven) — 1.272 million
  6. ABC News — 1.253 million
  7. Chicago Fire (Seven) — 1.234 million
  8. 7.30 (ABC1) — 1.182 million
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.138 million
  10. Better Homes and Gardens Summer (Seven) — 1.103 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.114 million
  2. Seven News — 1.072 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.032 million

Losers:  The Big Bang Theory on Nine is starting to look very, very familiar, as is Modern Family on Ten. I wonder what number of repeat both programs are on at the moment?Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News  — 1.114 million
  2. Seven News  — 1.072 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.032 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 962,000
  5. ABC  News   —  845,000
  6. 7.30 (ABC1) — 782,000
  7. Ten Eyewitness News — 691,000
  8. The Project (Ten) — 547,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News Late — 162,000
  10. SBS World News  — 152,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven)  —  329,000
  2. Today (Nine)  —  294,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 173,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) — 138,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC1  58,000 + 42,000 on News24) — 100,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 43,000
  7. Wake Up (Ten) — 28,000

Top pay TV channels:

  1. LifeStyle  (2.7%)
  2. Fox 8, TV1 (2.5%)
  3. UKTV, C&I   (1.9%)
  4. A&E (1.8%)
  5. Foxtel Movies  (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Coast Australia  (History)  —  79,,000
  2. Outback Coroner (C&I)  —  78,000
  3. Escape To The Country  (LifeStyle) —  66,000
  4. New Tricks  (UKTV)  —  82,000
  5. Christmas At River Cottage (LifeStyle) —  61,000

*Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2013. The data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM. (All shares on the basis of combined overnight 6pm to midnight all people.) and network reports.

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