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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC’s Wednesday night lineup returns with a bang

Shaun Micallef makes a triumphant return while the new production of Spicks and Specks hits its stride.

Seven’s My Kitchen Rules last night was the nicest episode so far. Are the Adelaide mums the winners? Nationally My Kitchen Rules had 2.720 million/1.911 million metro/ 809,000 regional viewers - and crushed the opposition. My Kitchen Rules gave The Blacklist a solid lead in, and it showed with 1.424 million national/ 909,000 metro/ 515,000 regional viewers. Nine’s The Block had a soft night by its standards with 1.461 million national/964,000 metro/ 497,000 regional viewers. Seven won metro and regional markets and again dominated the major demos.

I for one am glad that Shaun Micallef remains as  Mad As Hell as he was last year. The gold Abbott statue gag and intro about the ABC was spot on. He was also responsible for the  TV comment of the year so far when introducing a grab from the Prime Minister, who he said had appeared on “rival news parody program, Wake Up.” Ouch!

The second episode of the new Look Spicks and Specks was on ABC1 last night and as we oldies know, include an old rocker/muso in the cast and the program rocks along — and so it was last night with Suzi Quatro. A big improvement from the first episode last week. Incidentally, Lawrence Mooney was a panelist on last night’s show at 8.30pm, and the 7pm repeat of an old episode of the first series on ABC2. The talent pool can be  a small pond at times.

Today had another sub-300,000 metro audience while Sunrise was on 354,000. Seven is throwing money at Sunrise, offering $200,000 a day this week. What with the money for Schapelle Corby and the Sunday Night interview for Simon Gittany’s girlfriend, it’s as though Seven has discovered a secret stash of loot and is throwing it around like the proverbial sailor.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (33.1%)
  2. Nine (25.8%)
  3. Ten (22.2%)
  4. ABC (14.9%)
  5. SBS (4.0%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (26.6%)
  2. Nine (19.6%)
  3. Ten (12.7%)
  4. ABC1 (10.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.0?%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. ONE (6.4%)
  2. 7mate (3.9%)
  3. GO, Eleven (3.1)
  4. Gem (3.0%)
  5. ABC2 (2.9%)

Top national programs:

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven)  —  2.720 million
  2. Seven News  — 1.561 million
  3. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.506 million
  4. Nine News  — 1.494 million
  5. The Block (Nine) — 1.461 million
  6. The Blacklist (Seven) — 1.424 million
  7. ABC News  — 1.170 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine), Seven News/Today Tonight — 994,000
  9. Nine News 6.30 — 988,000
  10. David Blaine Magic (Nine) — 928,000

Top metro programs:

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven)  —   1.911 million
  2. Seven News — 1.047 million
  3. Nine News — 1.036 million

Losers:  Anyone who missed My Kitchen Rules -- it was the best episode so far . Also those who missed the new Spicks and Specks and before that, the return of Shaun Micallef. He has a better grip on the news and analysis than most of the news and current affairs programs elsewhere on the ABC (as will Clark and Dawe tonight).Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.047 million
  2. Nine News  — 1.036 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 994,000
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 988,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine)  —  829,000
  6. ABC News — 794,000
  7. Ten Eyewitness News — 639,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC1) — 622,000
  9. The Project 7 pm (Ten) — 447,000
  10. The Project 6.30 (Ten) — 288,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven)  —  354,000
  2. Today (Nine)  —  279,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 152,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC1, 60,000 + 45,000 on News 24) — 105,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 94,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 45,000
  7. Wake Up (Ten) — 41,000

Top pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Sports 3 (6.7%)
  2. Fox Footy (2.9%)
  3. LifeStyle (2.5%)
  4. TV1 (2.2%)
  5. Fox 8, Fox Classics (1.9%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. 1st Cricket Test: South Africa v Australia, evening  (Fox Sports 3)  —  246,000
  2. 1st Cricket Test: South Africa v Australia, late (Fox Sports 3) — 206,000
  3. AFL: NAB Challenge (Fox Footy) —  174,000
  4. Selling Houses  Australia (LifeStyle)  —  117,000
  5. 1st Cricket Test: South Africa v Australia, very late (Fox Sports 3)  — 101,000

*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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