ABC’s The Checkout may be the best show on prime-time TV. Take note, Channel Ten …
Nine won nationally, metro and regional markets. And the ABC again picked up third spot in to relegate Ten to fourth spot, again.
The Block had its highest weeknight audience with 1.873 million national / 1.297 million metro / 576,000 regional viewers for the main program. The 40-minute “Unlocke”d episode had 1.304 million / 875,000 / 429,000 viewers.
Anh Does Scandinavia had 1.014 million / 630,000 / 384,000 viewers on debut for Seven and was beaten by Nine and the ABC (Janet King) .
The news series of The Checkout’s second episode confirmed what the first episode a week ago reminded me — it’s the most innovative program in prime-time TV, and one of the best of all types. Only the ABC could do such a program — the commercial networks wouldn’t try and SBS doesn’t have the money. The Checkout had 1.141 million / 762,000 / 379,000 viewers.
Janet King on ABC1 at 8.30pm — better than Crownies. Janet King had 1.229 million / 824,000 / 405,000 viewers. This program and The Checkout finished in the top 10 nationally; Ten had no programs in the top 10. There’s a message there. If the stretched ABC can find the money and people to produce and order up two very good programs, why can’t Ten produce better programs on a more regular basis (besides Offspring)? The Biggest Loser (507,000 / 359,000 / 148,000 viewers) was again the dead weight in Ten’s schedule. Ten’s 5pm news was again the most watched program (734,000 national), followed by the fresh (702,000) and repeat (704,000) eps of Law and Order SVU. At least viewers sought out Law and Order after ignoring TBL
In the morning, Nine’s Today (319,000) had only its second win of the ratings year so far over Seven’s Sunrise with 311,000. But Sunrise easily won nationally because of stronger support from the regions.
Network channel share:
Network main channels:
ABC 1 (14.5%)
SBS ONE (3.9%)
Top 5 digital channels:
ABC 2, GO (3.5%)
Top 10 national programs:
The Block (Nine) — 1.873 million
Nine News — 1.514 million
Home and Away (Seven) — 1.244 million
Seven News — 1.332 million
The Block Unlocked (Nine) — 1.304 million
Janet King (ABC 1) — 1.229 million
7 pm ABC 1 News — 1.211 million
Border Security (Seven) — 1.162 million
The Checkout (ABC 1) — 1.141 million
A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.127 million
Top metro programs:
The Block (Nine) — 1.297 million
Nine News — 1.069 million
Seven News — 1.012 million
Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.102 million
Losers: Ten, again.Metro news and current affairs: