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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC’s comedy lineup fails to keep viewers

Seven’s night in metro and regional markets overall and in the main channels in the metros. It was yet another night where the offerings underwhelmed the audience. Ten was third in the metros, but sank to fourth in the regions. In fact’s Ten’s main channel share (where most viewing takes place) fell from a sort of solid 12.6% in the metros to a weak 8.4% in the regionals.

The ABC’s new programs,Utopia  and Reality Check did not have a good night with viewers. Utopia had 838,000 national/ 778,000 metro/ 282,000 regional viewers last night. Compare that with its debut audience of 1.060 million national/ 778,000 metro/ 282,000 regional viewers. Likewise, look at Reality Check’s 558,000 national/ 393,000 metro/ 165,000 regional viewers for last night, and compare them to the 753,000 national/ 559,000 metro/ 194,000 regional viewers. That’s another big thumbs down from viewers.

Even’s Nine’s The Block Glasshouse saw a weakish night and the program failed to top Nine News on the most watched list. The Block had 1.615 million national/ 1.055 million metro/ 560,000 regional viewers. That’s still a solid night, but not a killer set ‘gee gosh’ set of figures. The Bachelor and its Date Crashers ep (yes,fruit abuse!), failed to boost its figures — it had 836,000 national viewers last night, against 882,000 last Wednesday. The metro audience fell to 640,000 from 683,000, while there was hardly any movement in the regions where the audience fell just 3,000 from last week to 196,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (31.4%)
  2. Nine (28.2%)
  3. Ten (20.4%)
  4. ABC (15.3%)
  5. SBS (4.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (21.6%)
  2. Nine (20.4%)
  3. Ten (12.6%)
  4. ABC (10.6%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.1%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.3%)
  2. 7Mate (4.5)
  3. Eleven (4.7%)
  4. GO (4.2%)
  5. Gem (3.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News  — 1.659 million
  2. The Block Glasshouse (Nine) — 1.615 million
  3. The Force (Seven) — 1.530 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.406 million
  5. Border Security (Seven) — 1.386 million
  6. Seven News  — 1.384 million
  7. Criminal Minds (Seven) — 1.293 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.256 million
  9. ABC News  —  1.115 million
  10. Nine News 6.30  — 1.102 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.124 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.102 million
  3. The Block Glasshouse (Nine) — 1.056 million
  4. Seven News — 1.041 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.036 million
  6. The Force (Seven) — 1.010 million

Losers: Viewers of The Bachelor on Ten. It’s just the crassest, most insincere program on TV. Reality Check on ABC1. I thought it would be better than this. It doesn’t tell us much more than most viewers have already understood (or suspect) from watching reality programs over the years. Reality Check should have been more like The Checkout  (which is a reality check for retailers and product makers) in its analysis of reality TV.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News  — 1.124 million
  2. Nine News 6.30  — 1.102 million
  3. Seven News  — 1.041 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.036 million
  5. Seven News/ Today Tonight   —  991,000
  6. ABC News  —  742,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 649,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 607,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 593,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 526,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven)  —  380,000
  2. Today (Nine)  —  287,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 173,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) — 127,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC  72,000 + 42,000 on News 24) — 114,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 42,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (3.3%)
  2. TVHITS! (2.7%)
  3. UKTV (2.0%)
  4. LifeStyle  (1.9%)
  5. Fox Classics (1.8%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. The Recruit (Fox 8)  —  130,000
  2. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) —  79,000
  3. AFL Bounce  (Fox Footy) —  70,000
  4. Uncle Grandpa (Cartoon Net)  —  66,000
  5. Adventure Time (Cartoon Net)  —  65,000

*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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