Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC’s Problems has problems

ABC1's new program at 9pm called Problems is a problem. Still you have to try things, otherwise you don't get success.

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Seven's night on what was a weak night of viewing, apart from A Moody Christmas. That can be seen from the fact that only four programs topped the million viewer mark last night. Highway Patrol (1.73 million national viewers), The Force (1.861 million) and Dynamo: Magician Impossible (1.549 million) did their magic for Seven last night from 7.30 to 9.30pm and that easily did Nine and Ten. End of story. It was a dominant win by Seven which also won the main demos. No X Factor or a similar program made for a boring night of TV alleviated by ABC1's A Moody Christmas at 8.30pm. It had 570,000 metro and 846,000 national viewers. Its storyline was funny (brawls at backyard cricket on Christmas Day). The end though brought the story closer to the family than previous episodes have done. Rob Carlton is more than Kerry Packer in Paper Giants. A very, very funny role last night, "bro". ABC1's new program at 9pm called Problems saw 403,000 well-meaning troopers stay to watch it in metro markets and 587,000 nationally. They were hardy souls. The program is a problem. Still you have to try things, otherwise you don't get success. But that can be taken too far, just ask Ten how failure can beget failure. Tonight: Test cricket with the second Test, Australia v South Africa from Adelaide today, tomorrow and over the weekend. Beauty and The Geek Australia on Seven (after the return of Once Upon a Time). Foodie shows on SBS ONE with a new one called The Very Hungry Frenchman at 8.30pm. Redfern Now on ABC1 at 8.30pm (that's after Kitchen Cabinet, at 8pm which is a repeat of the ABC2 program with Annabel Crabb. Why?) CSI on Nine. More 15-Minute Meals from Mr J Oliver (the miracle chef), and Law and Order SVU. The top 10 national programs (metro & regional combined):
  1. The Force (Seven) -- 1.861 million.
  2. Highway Patrol (Seven) -- 1.730 million.
  3. Seven News -- 1.616 million.
  4. Dynamo: Magician Impossible (Seven) -- 1.549 million.
  5. ABC1 News -- 1.467 million.
  6. Nine News -- 1.412 million.
  7. Home and Away (Seven) -- 1.345 million.
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) -- 1.329 million.
  9. Today Tonight (Seven) -- 1.228 million.
  10. 7.30 (ABC1) -- 1.110 million.
The Metro Winners:
  1. The Force (Seven, 8pm) -- 1.247 million.
  2. Highway Patrol (Seven, 7.30pm) --1.152 million.
  3. Seven News -- 1.111 million.
  4. ABC1 News -- 1.037 million.
The Losers: Ten was weak again.Metro News & CA: Seven News and Today Tonight had a better night, winning Sydney, losing Melbourne (the News by 99,000) and winning Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth (the News by 124,000).
  1. Seven News (6pm) -- 1.111 million.
  2. ABC1 News (7pm) -- 1.037 million.
  3. Today Tonight (Seven, 6.30pm) -- 997,000.
  4. Nine News (6pm) -- 949,000.
  5. A Current Affair (Nine, 6.30pm) -- 817,000.
  6. 7.30 (ABC1, 7.30pm) -- 743,000.
  7. Ten News (5pm) -- 600,000.
  8. The Project (Ten, 6.30pm) -- 529,000.
  9. The Project (Ten, 6pm) -- 377,000.
  10. Lateline (ABC1, 10.30pm) -- 202,000.
  11. SBS News (6.30pm) -- 159,000.
  12. Ten Late News (10.30pm) -- 145,000.
  13. The Business (ABC1, 11.05pm, repeat) -- 116,000.
  14. SBS Late News (10.30pm) -- 70,000.
  15. The Drum (News 24, 10pm, repeat) -- 46,000.
In the morning:
  1. Sunrise (Seven, 7am) -- 429,000.
  2. Today (Nine, 7am) -- 341,000.
  3. The Morning Show (Seven, 9am) -- 174,000.
  4. Mornings (Nine, 9am) -- 132,000.
  5. News Breakfast (ABC1, 7pm) -- 45,000 + 33,000 on News 24.
  6. Breakfast (Ten, 7pm) -- 40,000.
Metro FTA: Seven (three channels) won easily with a share of 33.6%, from Nine (three) on 24.5%, Ten (three) was on 18.5%, the ABC (four) was on 18.0%, and SBS (two) was on 5.4%. Seven leads the week with 34.7% from Nine on 25.3%, the ABC on 18.1% and Ten on 17.1%. Main Channels: Seven won with a share of 24.9% from Nune on 17.0%, ABC1 on 13.0%, Ten was on 12.3% and SBS ONE was on 4.3%. Seven leads the week with 27.5%, from Nine on 18.95, ABC1 on 13.9% and Ten with 11.7%. Metro Digital: 7TWOn won with a share of 4.4% from 7mate on 4.3%, Gem and Eleven were on 4.1% each, GO was on 3.4%, ABC2 ended on 2.9%, ONE was on 2.2%, SBS ONE and News 24 were on 1.1% each and ABC3 was on 1.0%. The 10 digital channels had a total share last night of 28.1%. 7TWO leads the week with 3.9%, from GI on 3.4%, 7mate on 3.3%, Gem and Eleven on 3.0% each. Metro including pay TV: Seven (three channels) won easily with a share of 27.1%, from Nine (three) on 19.7%, Ten (three) was on 15.0%, the ABC (four) was on 14.5%, and SBS (two) was on 4.4%. The 15 FTA channels had a total share last night of 83.0%. The 10 digital channels share was 23.1%, the five main channels share was a low 59.9%. the share of the 200 plus channels on Pay TV jumped sharply to give pay TV a 17.0% share last night. The top five pay TV channels were:
  1. Fox8 -- 2.8%.
  2. LifeStyle -- 2.5%.
  3. TV1 -- 2.4%.
  4. Fox Sports 2 -- 1.9%.
  5. Fox Classics, UKTV -- 1.8%.
The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:
  1. Family Guy (Fox8) -- 70,000.
  2. Location, Location, Location (LifeStyle) -- 62,000.
  3. Sons of Anarchy (Showcase) -- 62,000.
  4. Coronation St (UKTV) -- 58,000.
  5. The Simpsons (Fox8) -- 58,000.
Regional: Regional: Prime/7Qld (three channels) won easily with a share of 38.3%, from WIN/NBN (three) on 25.5%, SC Ten (three) was on 16.1%, the ABC (four) was on 15.5%, and SBS (two) was on 4.6%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 27.0%, from WIN/NBN on 17.4%, ABC1 on 10.4% and SC Ten on 9.3%. Meanwhile, 7mate won the digitals with 6.3% from 7TWO and Gem on 4.9% each. The 10 digital channels had an very high FTA share of 33.5%. Prime/7Qld leads the week with 37.7%, from WIN/NBN on 26.7%, the ABC is third with 16.6% and SC Ten remains 4th with 14.8%. The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:
  1. Dynamo: Magical Impossible -- 641,000.
  2. The Force -- 614,000.
  3. Highway Patrol -- 577,000.
  4. Seven News -- 516,000.
  5. ACA -- 512,000.
Major Metro Markets: Another clean sweep for Seven, overall and main channels, in all metro markets. Nine was second everywhere bar Perth where ABC1 was second and Nine third. ABC1 was also third in the main channels in Sydney (and third overall), Brisbane and Adelaide. Ten was third overall in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide and third in Melbourne in the main channels. Meanwhile, 7TWO won the digitals in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide and 7mate won Melbourne and Perth. Seven leads the week everywhere, from Nine and the ABC in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Ten is third in Brisbane and Adelaide. (All shares on the basis of combined overnight 6pm to midnight All People) Source: Oztam, TV Networks data

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