Film & TV

Jun 4, 2014

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC proves its mid-week worth

Last night's ABC programming was a fantastic example of why the public broadcaster shouldn't have its funding cut.

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

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Seven’s night because of the dominance of House Rules (2.279 million national/ 1.445 million metro/ 834,000 regional viewers).  The Big Bang Theory kept Nine in the game with more than 1.8 million viewers nationally for the fresh episode and over 1.5 million for the repeat. What Happens in Bali’s second episode helped Seven stay in front with more than 1.3 million viewers nationally.

So Seven won the metros (losing Melbourne to Nine), and was again a clear winner in the regionals. Ten was third in metros and the regions with NCIS its best performer with 1.210 million viewers nationally and 10th spot in the most-watched list. MasterChef was close behind with 1.193 million national viewers. The ABC was fourth in both the metros and the regions. Nine News again won Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – the margin in Melbourne was a huge 146,000, in Brisbane it was just 1000 viewers and in Sydney, 70,000. In the mornings Sunrise was again clearly in front of Today — 355,000 to 298,000 in the metros. That is a real problem for Today.

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