Ten’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here — so far as I am concerned, I’m a TV viewer, get ME out of this one (click with the remote). I had to watch the first episode to see how it went — I only lasted just over half an hour (I returned several times between 7 and 8pm). According to unconfirmed reports Ten was offering to pay “celebrities” $60,000 a week for this gig. Shane Warne was approached, but he apparently charges $100,000 a week for these sorts of gigs. But $60,000 a week gives the producers a reason encourage viewers to evict as many people as possible, quickly and reduce the 10 contestants to a more cost effective level. Only one person gets to stay the full six weeks or so (Ten is hoping it can get another week or so on top of the six planned). The costs are a multi-million dollar figure and with the staff costs for producers ITV and the production itself, it’s a big gamble for all concerned. Industry gossip suggests this is costing Ten $15 million. That’s a big part of the network’s remaining cash pile. The audience figures were solid for the first night and will give Ten heart. But though last night kicked off the 2015 ratings battle it was a one-off with the end of the tennis on Seven and the One Day International cricket on Nine. Tonight, the 2015 ratings battle kicks off in earnest. The big question is whether Celebrity is crushed by My Kitchen Rules and The Block. I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here last night had 1.645 million national viewers for the opening and 1.545 million for the first part episode of  the “competition”.

Seven’s men’s Open tennis final  was an epic struggle won by Novak (Thanks Bruce) over Murray (thanks Bruce, very few commentators call him Andy). It had 2.820 million for the presentation across the country, 300,000 more than the actual game which averaged 2.509 million (The Murray — Kyrgios quarter final averaged 2.566 million last week). That tune in for the presentation was also very noticeable in the figures for the women’s final on Saturday night where it was around 200,000 and in the figures for the Asian Cup Final where 800,000 extra viewers watched the presentation than the game (and a small version of that was apparent in the Fox Sports data as well for the final. The ODI final won by Australia averaged 1.415 million for the England batting in the second session (Australia won early) and the Australian innings averaged 1.351 million.

Insiders returned at an opportune time with the Liberal Party leadership speculation and the Queensland election on Saturday and the stunning result. It rated its socks off — 521,000 nationally and 420,000 in metro markets on News 24 and ABC. The Bolt Report was conspicuous by its absence on Ten yesterday, and the advance guide doesn’t have Bolt in the schedule for next Sunday. Offsiders also returned morning after the Asian Cup win by the Socceroos, and had its best figures for ages — 262,000 metro and 331,000 national viewers.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (41.4%)
  2. Nine (23.0%)
  3. Ten (18.0%)
  4. ABC (13.0%)
  5. SBS (4.5%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (35.9%)
  2. Nine (16.8%)
  3. Ten (14.1%)
  4. ABC (9.5%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.8%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. GO (3.7%)
  2. 7TWO (2.9%)
  3. 7mate, Gem (2.5%)
  4. ONE (2.1%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Tennis: Australian Open Men’s Final Presentation (Seven) — 2.820 million
  2. Tennis: Australian Open Men’s Final (Seven) — 2.509 million
  3. Nine News — 1.840 million
  4. I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Opening Night (Ten) — 1.645 million
  5. I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Welcome to The Jungle (Ten) — 1.545 million
  6. Seven News — 1.524 million
  7. ODI: Australia v England session 2 (Nine) — 1.415 million
  8. Movie: Striking Distance (Seven) –1.371 million
  9. ODI: Australia v England session 1 (Nine) — 1.351 million
  10. ABC News 1.214 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Tennis: Australian Open Men’s Final Presentation (Seven) — 2.088 million
  2. I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Welcome to The Jungle (Seven) — 1.881 million
  3. Nine News — 1.306 million
  4. I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Opening Night (Ten) — 1.199 million
  5. I’m A Celebrity Welcome to The Jungle (Ten) — 1.136 million
  6. Seven News 1.072 million
  7. Movie: Striking Distance (Seven) — 1.027 million

Losers: People who watched the full episode of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here –– not the most attractive bit of TV this ratings season. Anyone who missed the soccer, tennis and cricket over the weekend — losers!Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.306 million
  2. Seven News 1.072 million
  3. ABC News  – 806,000
  4. Ten EyeWitness News — 493,000
  5. SBS World News  – 216,000

Morning TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC 262,000, News 24, 158,000 ) — 420,000
  2. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) – 347,000
  3. Weekend Today (Nine) – 262,000
  4. Landline (ABC) — 262,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC) — 239,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Sports 1 (4.9%)
  2. Foxtel Movies Premiere  (2.3%)
  3. Fox8  (2.2%)
  4. LifeStyle  (1.9%)
  5. Fox Sports 4 (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Auckland Nines (Fox Sports 1) – 200,000
  2. NRL: Auckland Nines (Fox Sports 1)  – 184,000
  3. NRL: Auckland Nines (Fox Sports 1)  –181,000
  4. League Central (Fox Sports 1) – 164,000
  5. League Central (Fox Sports 1) – 140,000

*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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