Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings

Strong performances for Masterchef on Channel Ten and the Tour de France on SBS the highlights on an otherwise weak night for ratings.

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

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Masterchef was the most watched non-news program with 1.25 million people nationally -- a good result for Ten -- on a generally weak night. Not so good was the bombing of Common Sense, the Gogglebox Australia derivative which flopped badly on Foxtel on Wednesday night and again on Ten last night. Common Sense managed just 647,000 viewers (including 463,000 in the metros -- it's a program aimed at metro viewers really, so it didn’t click). It followed Masterchef at 8.40pm and was beaten by Janet King on the ABC which wrapped up last night with 787,000 national viewers. That was also more than watched 7.30 an hour earlier (733,000, which used to be a moderately tolerable figure for the program in metro markets).

Seven claimed more viewers in total people, the main channels were almost a draw and SBS saw a surge in viewers because of another stage of the Tour de France, which averaged 266,000 from 8.30 pm to well past 1 am Friday. Everything else was forgettable.

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  1. James Malone

    Your network rankings frequently ignore the reality of the accuracy of statistical sampling. For example you show Seven as having won last night with a rating of 17.7% with Nine second and a rating of 17.6%. In reality there will be a margin of error of probably around 2 per cent in the results indicating that the outcome may have been the reverse. Equally, Ten and the ABC may have drawn for third place. Having been in the industry I am well aware of the significance of the ratings results but advertisers are also aware of the potential error and allow for the potential different outcomes.

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