Film & TV

Mar 21, 2014

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: first footy of the season sees Seven win the west

Another catastrophic night for Ten -- the decision to screen Entertainment Tonight instead of the MH370 briefing just one of the many programming snafus.

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

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

A most curious night as Seven seems to have sacrificed the night to broadcast an AFL game in Adelaide (Crows v the Cats), leaving the schedule in other markets weak and disjointed. So Nine won with The Block clearly on top with more than 1.6 million national viewers and over 1.1million in metro markets. Seven was second and the ABC third, with Ten again fourth, but a touch stronger. In regional markets Seven had a small overall winning margin over Nine, which had a bigger margin in the main channels and the demos over Seven. The ABC and ABC1 had big margins over Ten in metro and regional markets.

The AFL game averaged 180,000 on Seven in Adelaide — 10,000 more than Sunday night’s game involving Port Adelaide, which won. (It also averaged 252,000 on Fox Footy on pay TV). Seven naturally won Adelaide by a mile. It also won Perth. Nine won Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane by big margins. The Checkout (1.194 million national/ 799,000 metro/ 395,000 regional viewers) on ABC1 maintained the high standards of both series last night. Kristen Drysdale is becoming a star. Julian Morrow is one. The Checkout is the sort of consumer program that poor old A Current Affair can only dream about these days. Janet King ( 1.135 million national/ 728,000 metro / 407,000 regional viewers) is excellent — but Rake has been making the same point, but with humour, for three series now.

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