Film & TV

May 12, 2014

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: singers and renovators keep viewers hooked

Ten's decision to pit MasterChef Australia against The Voice and House Rules was never going to end well for the network.

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

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Nine's night easily in metro and regional markets. Ten had a bigger All People share in metro markets, but not in the regions. ABC1 had more viewers in metro and regional markets, and the ABC easily beat Ten, and ended up third. For Ten, there was bad news -- MasterChef Australia had a weak start to the second week of the new series. It was badly squeezed again and could only manage 1.076 million national/ 770,000 metro/ 306,000 regional viewers. It was the 10th most watched program nationally last night, but needs another 250,000 plus viewers a night to convince. We saw a big voice on The Voice last night, but was it enough to win? Watch for the social media set to erupt while Jesse Berney remains in the competition. Just what Nine was looking for. The Voice had 2.683 million national / 1.894 million metro / 789,000 regional viewers. That was down a little from the return a week ago. 60 Minutes followed up with 2.198 million national/ 1.552 million metro / 646,000 regional viewers, and that was the night. Seven can have a faint smile after House Rules put in an OK performance (with strong support from the regionals). It had 1.711 million national/ 1.058 million metro / 653,000 regional viewers.  A Place To Call Home returned for series two last night and was pulled down by the weakness of House Rules. But it still managed 1.432 million national/ 865,000 metro / 567,000n regional viewers. It easily won the post 8.30 timeslots. It deserves more viewers. The Eurovision Grand Final on SBS1 had 616,000 national/ 476,000 metro/ 140,000 regional viewers last night and was a hoot. It was combination of The Voice, The X FactorThe European Cup and amazing hairdos. The booing of anyone voting for Russia was notable. It was also SBS's most-watched program this year. In the morning, the budget political stuff didn't really have any impact. Mother's Day rules. Viewing of most programs was down 20,000 or more. Ten's The Bolt Report again failed to have an impact. Insiders had 103,000 metro viewers on News 24 from 9am for its simulcast, the first broadcast of The Bolt Report at 10am had 104,000. All up, Insiders had 276,000 metro viewers on ABC1 and News 24 -- game, set and morning to the ABC1 flagship. Secrets and Lies, the Aussie TV series that Ten couldn't get to work, has a new life  in the US on the ABC network from later this year. It's a 10 episode pick-up by ABC. Ryan Phillppe stars. Will the US series end up in Australia on another network? Fox axed Rake, another Australian remake and Rebel Wilson's Super Fun Night proved to be less than amusing for ABC who axed it at the weekend. Wilson will now channel Goldie Hawn in a remake of Private Benjamin. Oh dear. Network channel share:
  1. Nine (34.1%)
  2. Seven (25.3%)
  3. Ten (15.9%)
  4. ABC (15.7%)
  5. SBS (9.0%)
Network main channels:
  1. Nine (27.9%)
  2. Seven (18.1%)
  3. ABC 1 (12.3%)
  4. Ten  (11.6%)
  5. SBS ONE (8.4%)
Top 5 digital channels: 
  1. 7mate (4.2%)
  2. GO (3.7%)
  3. ONE (2.8%)
  4. 7TWO (3.0%)
  5. ABC2 (2.0%)
Top 10 national programs:
  1. The Voice (Nine) -- 2.683 million
  2. 60 Minutes (Nine) -- 2.198 million
  3. Seven News -- 1.848 million
  4. Nine News -- 1.803 million
  5. House Rules (Seven) -- 1.711 million
  6. Sunday Night (Seven ) -- 1.539 million
  7. A Place To Call Home (Seven) -- 1.432 million
  8. The Mentalist (Nine) -- 1.298 million
  9. ABC News -- 1.276 million
  10. MasterChef Australia (Ten) -- 1.076 million
Top metro programs:
  1. The Voice (Nine) -- 1.984 million
  2. 60 Minutes (Nine) -- 1.552 million
  3. Nine News -- 1.218 million
  4. Seven News -- 1.205 million
  5. House Rules (Seven) -- 1.058 million
Losers: Ten for squeezing MasterChef between The Voice and House Rules.  Nearly 4.4 million people nationally watched the two giants on Nine and Seven last night.Metro news and current affairs:
  1.  60 Minutes (Nine) -- 1.552 million
  2. Nine News -- 1.218 million
  3. Seven News -- 1.205 million
  4. Sunday Night (Seven ) -- 954,000
  5. ABC News -- 859,000
  6. Ten Eyewitness News  -- 865,000
  7. SBS World News -- 159,000
Morning TV:
  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) -- 325,000
  2. Insiders (ABC1 176,000 + 103,000 on News 24) -- 279,000
  3. Weekend Today (Nine) -- 255,000
  4. Landline (ABC1) -- 208,000
  5. Financial Review Sunday (Nine) -- 145,000
  6. Offsiders (ABC1)  -- 127,000
  7. The Bolt Report repeat (Ten) -- 107,000
  8. The Bolt Report (Ten) -- 104,000
Top five pay TV channels:
  1. Fox Footy (4.0%)
  2. Fox Sports 1 (2.8%)
  3. Fox 8  (2.6%)
  4. TVHITS!  (2.0%)
  5. Foxtel Movies Premiere  (1.9%)
Top five pay TV programs:
  1. AFL: West Coast v GWS  (Fox Footy) -- 222,000
  2. NRL: Newcastle v Penrith (Fox Sports 1) -- 161,000
  3. AFL: Ed & Derm's Big Week (Fox Footy)  -- 131,000
  4. Real Housewives of Melbourne (Arena) -- 95,000
  5. AFL: Before The Bounce  (Fox Footy) -- 85,000
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One thought on “Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: singers and renovators keep viewers hooked

  1. peterh_oz

    Wouldn’t mind a breakdown of the Eurovision telecasts by hour – ie did they drop off as the voting went on (and on and on …)?

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