Film & TV

May 9, 2014

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: A Thursday night slump for all but Ten

Slack programming by Nine and Seven is proving a godsend for Ten.

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

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

What do you say about a night when a repeat of The Checkout (called Factory Seconds) and MasterChef Australia stood out as the programs to watch? Yes, Home and Away was on screen on Seven, but in terms of programs that drag you to the screen and hold your attention, those two were the best options. MasterChef bounced to average 1.351 million national/ 1.001 million metro / 350,000 regional viewers. The Checkout averaged 1.029 million national / 656,000 metro / 373,000 regional viewers. (Note that The Checkout had more regional viewers than MasterChef!)

Call The Midwife on ABC1 at 8.30pm is a bit soapy and predictable now in its third series. It was a top ten finisher like MasterChef Australia and The Checkout and averaged 1.172 million national/  801,000 metro / 371,000 regional viewers. The Checkout also had more viewers than Call The Midwife in regional markets. It’s a oncer for MasterChef on Thursday nights — next week its starts its usual Sunday to Wednesday run, but last night’s figures were the best for a Thursday night for years. That helped Ten into third, and Ten’s main channel into second place in front of Seven in Sydney and Melbourne (It’s the rebirth of Ten, I hear you all cry. Bubble all weekend. A vat of Bodega for all of Ten’s remaining executives. We’re back).

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