Film & TV

Apr 17, 2014

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: stay away from the box over Easter

Last night's TV was mostly lacklustre, except for the always excellent Mad as Hell.

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

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Boohoo, Mad as Hell left our TV screens last night — but hurrah, it’s due to return in September. Last night was the ABC apology edition. Mad As Hell had 1.073 million national/ 766,000 metro/ 307,000 regional viewers. Replacing it next week will be a new series of QI — yes, Stephen Fry returns to dominate our screens. He’s the ABC’s version of The Big Bang Theory, ratings repeats when needed by desperate programmers (as Nine is showing us this week).

Nine beat Seven last night — the ABC and Ten all but tied for third. It was that sort of night — mostly listless and lacklustre. Nine just pipped Seven in regional markets (overall and in the main channels), but the ABC had more viewers than Ten, both overall and the main channels. Nine News was dominant in Sydney at 6pm, beating Seven News by 140,000 viewers as  people tuned to it to get a wrap up of the day’s political drams. The ABC News in Sydney had 254,000 for its hour to 8pm. That meant Seven News finished third in the news rankings on the biggest day in New South Wales  politics for years. Nine’s winning margins were smaller in Melbourne — 56,000 — and Brisbane — 36,000.

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