Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: The Checkout checks out

The ABC's The Chekcout is one of the best shows on TV, but it will be ending next week.

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

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Nine won closely from Seven, Ten and the ABC on what was generally a weak night of TV. The Checkout on ABC1 stood out with 1.226 million national/ 819,000 metro/ 407,000 regional viewers. Sadly it ends next week.  Nine won Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Seven won Adelaide and Perth by big margins. Seven also won regional markets quite convincingly while the ABC beat Ten into third place.

Nine split The Block into two parts — the first averaged 1.541 million national/ 1.073 million metro/ 468,000 regional viewers. The second bit, called “Unlocked” (it’s essentially a 30-minute free plug for the main sponsor, Mitre Ten), averaged 1.240 million national/ 821,000 metro/ 419,000 regional . The program average for the 90 minutes was 1.390 million national/ 947,000 metro/ 444,000 regional viewers, which is still OK. In fact the turn-off of 300,000 nationally from the main part of the program to the “Unlocked” segment should be a warning to Nine that viewers don’t really like the free ad.

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