An out of body experience last night watching that interview of  The Bachelor “winner” Sam Frost and bachelor himself Blake Garvey on The Project. It was grubby, slightly soiled TV and it tarnished everyone associated with it, from Ten and its programmers, the producers and the hosts of The Project, The Bachelor or whatever he is called now and the women who were in the harem assembled for the titillation of the mostly female audience and advertisers and  back slapping Ten executives.  But it is not just Ten who is to blame for this rubbish — the audience should also take some responsibility for supporting it now for two years. And by the way, the Seven Network heads into the same swamp on Thursday night with its rubbishy offering in the Beauty and The Geek goes to Las Vegas! And of course Nine is showing the equally tacky Big Brother. But not even that could match The Bachelor for outright cynical manipulation of emotions, both among the female harem and the audience. The 7pm half of The Project had 1.537 million national/1.192 million metro/345,000 regional viewers. The Project’s 6.30 first half also benefited with 1.068 million national/ 793,000 metro/ 275,000 regional viewers.

The Bachelor’s rubbish overshadowed a good start for Party Tricks on Ten, a program they can feel really proud of. But seeing the Network and head programmer Bev McGarvey are responsible for The Bachelor, let’s not hand out accolades for Party Tricks without brickbats for The BachelorParty Tricks had 945,000 national/ 710,000 metro/ 235,000 regional viewers and deserved more. Its success though has sunk plans for Ten (especially Ms McGarvey) for a return of Offspring next year because of Ms Keddie’s drawing power. After a far more interesting and deeper role in Party Tricks, why should Ms Keddie go back to reprising neurotic Nina for the benefit of a struggling TV network? Party Tricks is nicely set in Melbourne. After all the corruption scandals and the stupidities of the last Labor government, setting it in Sydney wouldn’t work. There is a faint hint of Rake and its take on Sydney politics about the storyline, but not the chaos and nihilism of Cleaver Greene. One of him is enough. Ms Keddie is as good in this as she was in Paper Giants.

Nine’s The Block Glasshouse’s big reveal was postponed a night because of the NRL Grand Final on Sunday night and it topped the night with 2.179 million national/1.481 million metro/ 699,000 regional viewers. Seven had won overall in the metro and regional markets, but Nine cleaned up in the demos, with Ten doing well in the metros thanks to what passes as content at the end of The Project.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (29.4%)
  2. Nine (29.1%)
  3. Ten (19.9%)
  4. ABC (17.9%)
  5. SBS (3.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (22.1%)
  2. Seven (20.7%)
  3. Ten (15.3%)
  4. ABC (14.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (2.9%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.2%)
  2. GO (4.2%)
  3. 7mate (3.5%)
  4. Gem (2.8%)
  5. ONE (2.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The Block Glasshouse (Nine) — 2.179 million
  2. The X Factor Live Results (Seven) — 1.718 million
  3. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 1.537 million
  4. Nine News — 1.519 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.515 million
  6. Seven News — 1.458 million
  7. The Blacklist (Seven) — 1.419 million
  8. Australian Story (ABC) — 1.241 million
  9. ABC News — 1.159 million
  10. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.120 million

Top metro programs:

  1. The Block Glasshouse (Nine) — 1.481 million
  2. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 1.192 million
  3. Nine News — 1.156 million
  4. Seven News — 1.118 million
  5. The X Factor Live Results (Seven) — 1.062 million
  6. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.012 million

Losers: Anybody who watched The Project and the rubbish about The Bachelor and the spurned girlfriends.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 1.192 million
  2. Nine News 1.156 million
  3. Seven News — 1.118 million
  4. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.012 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 929,000
  6. Australian Story (ABC) — 869,000
  7. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 793,000
  8. ABC News  – 786,000
  9. 7.30 (ABC) — 709,000
  10. Four Corners (ABC) — 647,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 320,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 261,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 200,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) — 152,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC 62,000 + 50,000 on News 24) — 112,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 63,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. TVHITS!  (2.5%)
  2. LifeStyle  (2.2%)
  3. Fox 8  (2.2%)
  4. FX (2.2%)
  5. Foxtel Movie Premiere  (1.9%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Long Lost Family (LifeStyle) – 51,000
  2. Coronation Street (UKTV) – 51,000
  3. Family Guy (Fox8) – 51,000
  4. NRL Grand Final: Souths v Canterbury (Fox Sports 1) – 51,000
  5. Futurama (Fox8) – 44,000

*Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2013. The data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM. (All shares on the basis of combined overnight 6pm to midnight all people.) and network reports.

Peter Fray

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