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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: another grim off-season night

Mid-week programming during the ratings off-season is a pretty dire state of affairs.

A night when those who didn’t watch TV won. Seven won overall in metro and regional markets, Nine won the main channels. The ABC was third (both overall and main channels) ahead of a weak Ten.

There were no highlights, as the figures for the most watched programs confirm. Stephen Fry’s Key To The City had 1.003 million national/695,000 metro/ 308,000 regional viewers. It was like an hour long solo version of QI, with Fry asking and answering questions about London, but without the siren for the wrong or pedestrian answer. Still no joy for Ten in the morning as Wake Up had 36,000 metro viewers and 54,000 nationally. Studio 10 managed just 30,000 metro viewers and 46,000 nationally.

And in news that will please the Seven Network and horrify movie lovers, NBC (one of Seven’s prime US suppliers, the other is Disney) is to produce a TV mini-series based on the 1967 book, Rosemary’s Baby. Roman Polanski turned the book into a great spooky movie in 1968 starring Mia Farrow. Can it survive the transfer to the small screen? The other great 1960s spooky book, The Exorcist, is also being turned into a mini series. No network has owned up to greenlighting that one. Miley Cyrus for the Rosemary role, or the baby, or the Linda Blair role and the spinning head?

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (26.9%)
  2. Nine (24.7%)
  3. ABC (21.9%)
  4. Ten (18.7%)
  5. SBS (7.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (18.5%)
  2. Seven (17.7%)
  3. ABC1 (14.0%)
  4. Ten (12.3%)
  5. SBS ONE (6.3%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (4.7%)
  2. 7mate (4.4%)
  3. ABC2, One (3.4%)
  4. GO (3.2%)
  5. Gem (3.1%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.039 million
  2. Nine News  — 1.426 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven)  —  1.273 million
  4. My Kitchen Rules (Seven)  —  2.171 million
  5. ABC News   —  1.115 million
  6. A Fresh Aussie Christmas (Seven) — 1.038 million
  7. Better Homes and Garden Summer (Seven) — 1.021 million
  8. Stephen Fry’s Key To The City (ABC1) — 998,000
  9. 7.30 (ABC1) — 998,000
  10. Hot Seat (Nine) — 855,000

Losers: Us viewers. Will tonight be any better?Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.039 million
  2. Nine News  — 959,000
  3. Today Tonight (Seven)  —  896,000
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 850,000
  5. ABC News   —  721,000
  6. 7.30 (ABC1) — 629,000
  7. Ten Eyewitness News  — 545,000
  8. The Project  (Ten)  —  467,000
  9. ABC News Late  — 306,000
  10. Ten Eyewitness News Late — 171,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven)  —  343,000
  2. Today (Nine)  —  310,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 149,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) — 103,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC1 51,000 + 49,000 on News24) — 100,000
  6. Wake Up (Ten) — 36,000
  7. Studio 10 (Ten) — 30,000

Top pay TV channels:

  1. TV1  —  (3,0%)
  2. LifeStyle , Fox 8 —  (2.7%)
  3. Disney Jr  —  (1.9%)
  4. UKTV, C&I   —  (1.8%)
  5. LifeStyle You, A&E   —  (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Seinfeld (TV1)  —  77,000
  2. America’s Next Top Model (Fox 8) —  71,000
  3. Seinfeld (TV1) — 64,000
  4. Family Guy (Fox 8)   —  59,000
  5. Law & Order CI (TV1) —  59,000

*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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