Film & TV

Feb 3, 2014

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: good riddance to summer programming

The ABC's big guns and the commercial network's best shows are back from holidays and ready to do battle in the ratings.

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

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

That wasn't a game, it was a shame. The final T20 International between Australia and England was a one way street -- the visitors didn't look as though they wanted to be at ANZ Stadium in Sydney last night. The competitors on My Kitchen Rules and The Block though certainly wanted to be there. The Block was only seen in Sydney and Melbourne because the final T20 was live, meaning Brisbane, Adelaide  (and the regional markets in each state) get double episodes tonight, while WA saw the episode last Thursday night. My Kitchen Rules topped the night with 2.402 million national/ 1.662 million metro/ 740,000 regional viewers, which is steady on a week ago. The cricket had 2.111 million national/ 1.379 million metro/ 732,000 regional viewers (a repeat of its strong performance on Friday night), and Nine won the night in metro and regional markets as a result.  The Broken Shore on ABC1 was OK, with 1.336 million national/ 920,000 metro/ 416,000 regional viewers. The Peter Temple book was better. Insiders returned yesterdaywith Offsiders on ABC 1 in the morning, with new sets for all.  The arrangement of the chairs on the Offsiders set looks like the designer drew inspiration from the Jennifer Byrne's book club… it is cluttered and the people are jammed into the shot. This is the week that the ABC's big guns reappear. Tonight, it's Four Corners, Media Watch, Australian Story and Q&A. Watch Ten get squeezed by not only the ABC, but The Block on Nine and My Kitchen Rules on Seven. Rake is back next Sunday night for its final series. Dr Blake's Mysteries returns for a second season on Friday night. Spicks and Specks returns on Wednesday  at 8.30pm to try and prove there is life after the original. Compare it with the repeats of the original at 7pm Monday to Fridays on ABC2. The Moodys  is on Wednesday night (A Moody Christmas) and fresh episodes of Doc Martin and Poirot started last Saturday night. The big test will happen Tuesday and Wednesday nights for Ten when its Big Bash finals start, up against MKR on Seven and The Block on Nine. Now what will get squeezed, going on last week's ratings for the Seven and Nine programs in their first week back? Network channel share:
  1. Nine (31.8%)
  2. Seven (28.2%)
  3. ABC (19.2%)
  4. Ten (16.8%)
  5. SBS (4.0%)
Network main channels:
  1. Nine (26.9%)
  2. Seven (22.5%)
  3. ABC1(15.8%)
  4. Ten (12.7%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.4%)
Top 5 digital channels: 
  1. 7TWO (3.6%)
  2. GO (3.0%)
  3. Eleven (2.3%)
  4. 7mate (2.1%)
  5. ABC2 (2.0%)
Top 10 national programs:
  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) -- 2.402 million
  2. T20 International - Game 3 (Nine) -- 2.111 million
  3. Tricked (Seven) -- 1.778 million
  4. Seven News -- 1.770 million
  5. Nine News -- 1.652 million
  6. The Broken Shore (ABC1) -- 1.336 million
  7. ABC News -- 1.302 million
  8. The Real Mary Poppins (ABC1) -- 1.260 million
  9. The Block (Nine) -- 980,000
  10. The Biggest Loser (Ten) -- 892,000
Top metro programs:
  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) -- 1.662 million
  2. T20 International - Game 3 (Nine) -- 1.379 million
  3. Seven News -- 1.194 million
  4. Tricked (Seven) -- 1.194 million
  5. Nine News -- 1.185 million
Losers: Ten viewers, the English cricket team.Metro news and current affairs:
  1. Seven News -- 1.194 million
  2. Nine News -- 1.185 million
  3. ABC News -- 857,000
  4. Ten Eyewitness News -- 470,000
  5. SBS World News -- 169,000
Metro morning TV:
  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) -- 341,000
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) -- 303,000
  3. Landline (ABC1) --- 280,000
  4. Insiders (ABC1, 148,000, News 24, 83,000) -- 231,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC1) -- 136,000
Top pay TV channels:
  1. THITS! (2.7%)
  2. Fox 8 (2.2%)
  3. Foxtel movies premiere (2.1%)
  4. LifeStyle (2.0%)
  5. A&E, Foxtel movies action  (1.9%)
Top five pay TV programs:
  1. A League Soccer - Brisbane v Central Coast (Fox Sports 1) -- 72,000
  2. The Simpsons (Fox 8) -- 72,000
  3. Iron Man 3 (Foxtel movies)  -- 66,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox 8) -- 64,000
  5. Fuzzy Tales (Disney Jr) -- 55,000
  6. Angry Bird Toons (Fox 8) -- 53,000
*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. CORRECTION: An original version of this article stated Leigh Sales returned to 7.30 last week. In fact, she's been hosting the program for much of the summer. Apologies.

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