ABC’s Wednesday night lineup used to be one of its best — but ratings show viewers just aren’t interested.
Steady as she went last night. Seven won the metros and regionals from Nine, with Ten third and the ABC fourth. With House Rules in the line up, it was always going to a good night for Seven. Ten’s MasterChef Australia did OK, Offspring did well, but Nine’s When Love Comes To Town didn’t and is approaching Ten’s usual ratings standard for dud shows. House Rules again did extra well in the regionals, as you can see by the figures from last night — it had 2.211 million national/ 1.376 million metro/ 835,000 regional viewers, which was easily the highest regional figure last night. MasterChef Australia should have really topped the million viewer mark in the metros, but it didn’t. Still it had 1.1140 million national/ 828,000 metro/ 286,000 regional viewers. Offspring was solid for Ten with 1.095 million national / 827,000 metro / 268,000 regional viewers.
Nine’s 6pm News again whacked Seven’s News — in Sydney it won by 124,000; 103,000 in Melbourne and 26,000 in Brisbane. In the morning Sunrise beat Today, but Ten’s stumbling Studio 10 dipped back into death valley with just 34,000 national viewers.
The ABC’s Wednesday night line up after 8pm is now a mess — a couple of years ago it was one of its best nights. At the moment it is as weak as Ten was in prime time — dud shows like the remake of Spicks and Specks managed just 371,000 metro viewers at 8.30pm, Jonah from Tonga just 289,000 metro viewers. It’s boring even Chris Lilley’s core audience. That was after 7.30 (631,000 metro viewers) ands QI at 8pm (557,000) gave ABC1 a solid start. ABC ‘s Director of TV, Richard Finlayson took his senior staff on an “away day” last Friday (i.e. out of the office) to talk about ratings, with so-called expert and consultants brought in to help them think about TV. The answer is very simple — he has to give ABC TV leadership and that involves finding interesting programs and taking risks (no more character re-hashes from Chris Lilley, please!) or reworked old hits like Spicks and Specks.
Network channel share:
Network main channels:
SBS ONE (4.2%)
Top 5 digital channels:
Top 10 national programs:
House Rules (Seven) — 2.211. million
Nine News — 1.797 million
Seven News — 1.560 million
Home and Away (Seven) — 1.453 million
The Goldbergs episode 1 (Seven) — 1.430 million
The Big Bang Theory repeat episode 2 (Nine) — 1.217 million
The Big Bang Theory repeat episode 1 (Nine) — 1.186 million
A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.168 million
ABC News — 1.118 million
The Goldbergs episode 2 (Seven) — 1.117 million
Top metro programs:
House Rules (Seven) — 1.376 million
Nine News — 1.214 million
Seven News — 1.156 million
Nine News 6.30 — 1.077 million
Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.061 million
Losers:When Love Comes To Town on Nine — 791,000 national/ 511,000 metro/ 280,000 regional viewers. This rubbish should not be on our screens. Spicks and Specks on ABC1 — 562,000 national/ 372,000 metro/ 190,000 regional viewers. It’s gone, but dying badly.Metro news and current affairs: