The ABC’s big guns and the commercial network’s best shows are back from holidays and ready to do battle in the ratings.
That wasn’t a game, it was a shame. The final T20 International between Australia and England was a one way street — the visitors didn’t look as though they wanted to be at ANZ Stadium in Sydney last night. The competitors on My Kitchen Rules and The Block though certainly wanted to be there. The Block was only seen in Sydney and Melbourne because the final T20 was live, meaning Brisbane, Adelaide (and the regional markets in each state) get double episodes tonight, while WA saw the episode last Thursday night.
My Kitchen Rules topped the night with 2.402 million national/ 1.662 million metro/ 740,000 regional viewers, which is steady on a week ago. Thecricket had 2.111 million national/ 1.379 million metro/ 732,000 regional viewers (a repeat of its strong performance on Friday night), and Nine won the night in metro and regional markets as a result. The Broken Shore on ABC1 was OK, with 1.336 million national/ 920,000 metro/ 416,000 regional viewers. The Peter Temple book was better.
Insiders returned yesterdaywith Offsiders on ABC 1 in the morning, with new sets for all. The arrangement of the chairs on the Offsiders set looks like the designer drew inspiration from the Jennifer Byrne’s book club… it is cluttered and the people are jammed into the shot.
This is the week that the ABC’s big guns reappear. Tonight, it’s Four Corners, Media Watch, Australian Story and Q&A. Watch Ten get squeezed by not only the ABC, but The Block on Nine and My Kitchen Rules on Seven. Rake is back next Sunday night for its final series. Dr Blake’s Mysteries returns for a second season on Friday night. Spicks and Specks returns on Wednesday at 8.30pm to try and prove there is life after the original. Compare it with the repeats of the original at 7pm Monday to Fridays on ABC2. The Moodys is on Wednesday night (A Moody Christmas) and fresh episodes of Doc Martin and Poirot started last Saturday night. The big test will happen Tuesday and Wednesday nights for Ten when its Big Bash finals start, up against MKR on Seven and The Block on Nine. Now what will get squeezed, going on last week’s ratings for the Seven and Nine programs in their first week back?
Network channel share:
Network main channels:
SBS ONE (3.4%)
Top 5 digital channels:
Top 10 national programs:
My Kitchen Rules (Seven) — 2.402 million
T20 International - Game 3 (Nine) — 2.111 million
Tricked (Seven) — 1.778 million
Seven News — 1.770 million
Nine News — 1.652 million
The Broken Shore (ABC1) — 1.336 million
ABC News — 1.302 million
The Real Mary Poppins (ABC1) — 1.260 million
The Block (Nine) — 980,000
The Biggest Loser (Ten) — 892,000
Top metro programs:
My Kitchen Rules (Seven) — 1.662 million
T20 International - Game 3 (Nine) — 1.379 million
Seven News — 1.194 million
Tricked (Seven) — 1.194 million
Nine News — 1.185 million
Losers: Ten viewers, the English cricket team.Metro news and current affairs: