Film & TV

May 15, 2014

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Ten’s prayers answered by Offspring

Finally some good news for Ten -- all it took was some quality programming.

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

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Ahh, Nina, Nina, Nina, back in our viewing hearts once again, thanks to the new season of Offspring. Ten is so happy. Even MasterChef Australia lifted in anticipation of her return last night. So thanks to Nina and her Offspring, Ten ended a solid third in metro markets, and the usually Ten-sceptical regional TV viewers who rediscovered their affair with Nine pulled Ten up to a clear third. Ten should be renamed the Nina (Offspring) Network. Nothing else works for them. I can hear Ten programmers wishing for Offspring every night! Will MasterChef name a dish after her?

The absence of The Voice also helped MasterChef.  But House Rules had another solid night and was the most watched program nationally. Offspring did very well with 1.220 million national / 931,000 metro / 289,000 regional viewers and won the timeslot, easily. It was strongly supported by female viewers across all demographics.  MasterChef had 1.227 million national/ 888,000 metro / 339,000 regional viewers, but was beaten by half a million viewers by Seven’s House Rules with 1.725 million national / 1.073 million metro / 652,000 regional viewers.

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