First off, it was Seven’s night in metro and regional markets as Border Security returned with solid figures, while Home and Away and Criminal Minds also did well. The Block Glasshouse had 1.516 million national/1.024 million metro/ 492,000 regional viewers. They were OK figures, but not dominant. This series is not generating the buzz that earlier series have done.
But it was an interesting night for ABC TV and the Ten Network. The ABC debuted two new programs — Utopia and Reality Check — and neither of them set the world on fire. Take Reality Check (753,000 national/ 559,000 metro/ 194,000 regional viewers). Three years too late (after all reality programs are not a recent development in TV). There’s too much Gruen in the format(it’s from the same producers, so it’s a form of brand extension) and I think a lot of the comments last night were too TV producer centric and had already been worked out by viewers of reality TV programs. It’s just a clips show interspersed by some chat — and will it discuss the current trend in reality TV programming where viewers drop off in the second half of the season?
Utopia has some chance — the 1.060 million national/ 778,000 metro/ 282,000 regional viewers at least stayed with what was a flat first effort. It’s better than The Hollowmen, not as good as Frontline (and I know comparisons are invidious), and well behind the best in class — The Games with John Clarke, Gina Riley and Brian Dawe. But there was a tune in from the fresh ep of QI (912,000 national viewers) at 8pm. There was also a big turnoff from Utopia to Reality Check of 300,000 viewers, which is not a good look for the latter program, but a good positive for Utopia. ABC Local Radio has done everything to promote both programs in the past couple of days (in Sydney at least) with interviews galore. At times it sounded like a commercial radio network plugging a show on a commercial TV network owned by the same company!
And that brings us Ten and The Bachelor — 882,000 national/ 682,000 metro/ 199,000 regional viewers, and then Wonderland — 706,000 national/519,000 metro/187,000 regional viewers. The former will hold its figures, even though it is utter dross, the latter will fade because viewers know it to be a waste of their time in watching.
Network channel share:
Network main channels:
SBS ONE (4.3%)
Top 5 digital channels:
Top 10 national programs:
Nine News — 1.678 million
The Block Glasshouse (Nine) — 1.516 million
Border Security (Seven) — 1.483 million
The Force (Seven) — 1.477 million
Seven News — 1.456 million
Home and Away (Seven) — 1.374 million
Criminal Minds (Seven) — 1.267 million
ABC News — 1.193 million
A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.181 million
Nine News 6.30 — 1.070 million
Top metro programs:
Nine News — 1.171 million
Seven News — 1.084 million
Nine News 6.30 — 1.067 million
The Block Glasshouse (Nine) — 1.024 million
Losers: Utopia, Reality Check, Wonderland and The Bachelor. For one reason or another, not as good as the promos promised.Metro news and current affairs: