None of the commercial networks showed anything particularly inspiring last night.
A weak night, relieved by the re-appearance of The IT Crowd for an “internet” special — It averaged 790,000 national/ 528,000 metro/ 262,000 regional viewers at 9pm for ABC1. The Christmas special of Would I Lie To You was fresh and averaged 914,000 national/605,000 metro/ 309,000 regional viewers at 8pm on ABC1 and the repeat of the QI Christmas Special from one of its many past years, topped them all at 8.30pm with 1.068 million national/ 693,000 metro/ 375,000 regional viewers. ABC1 was a small oasis of light on a dull night. Nine did well in metro and regional markets. Ten claimed to have more under 55 viewers from 6-10.30pm. Did anyone notice?
Would I Lie To You featured host Rob Brydon (who does smug, droll one liners very well) and Miranda Hart — my favourite Pom comedian. We’ll see her on Boxing Day here on ABC1 in the Call The Midwife Christmas special. She’s also in another UK Christmas time program called Gangsta Granny, which is described as a comedy drama, with Robbie Williams and Julia McKenzie. The Doctor Who Christmas special will also be seen here on Boxing Day night.
Seven said this morning it and ITV Studios Global Entertainment have renewed their multi-year output deal in Australia. Under the deal Seven gets first look at ITVS Global’s programming across all genres in this country. Seven said that as part of the output agreement, it has bought a range of drama, entertainment and factual titles from ITVS Global, including the 10 episode second series of Mr Selfridge; the four episode second series of Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour; ITV Studios’ new hidden camera magic show, Tricked and the latest series of documentaries Gator Boys and The Call Of The Wildman. Seven said it will broadcast the programs on its main and digital channels in 2014. If anyone is wondering, Downton Abbey comes to Seven via NBCU in the US and not from ITV, even though it screens on that channel in the UK.
Network channel share:
Network main channels:
SBS ONE (5.0%)
Top 5 digital channels:
Top 10 national programs:
Seven News — 1.530 million
Nine News — 1.432,000
Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.181 million
RBT repeat (Ten) — 1.150 million
A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.139 million
QI repeat (ABC1) — 1.068 million
ABC News — 1.029 million
7.30 (ABC1) — 988,000
Would I Lie To You (ABC1) — 914,000
Better Homes and Gardens Summer (Seven) — 910,000
Losers: Anyone who didn’t watch one The IT Crowd on ABC1. Great on technology issues, so to speak.Metro news and current affairs: