Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings

Another win for Channel Nine, and solid send offs for Mad as Hell and Utopia.

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

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

The expensively refurbished Footy Show on Nine continues its slide under Eddie McGuire. It was moved to last night at 9.40pm because of tonight’s broadcast on Seven of the first qualifying semi-final in the AFL, and so was Seven’s more modest The Front Bar, which aired for an hour from 8.30pm, and was over before Eddie appeared. The result -- The Front Bar, with 177,000 viewers in Melbourne (the market that matters), lead The Footy Show fronted by Eddie on 166,000. In the five city metro, The Front Bar averaged 253,000 viewers, The Footy Show, 242,00. Nationally The Front Bar managed 337,000, The Footy Show 306,000.

Nine’s night, easily, again. Doctor Doctor provided a nice boost for Nine with 1.099 million national viewers. Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell on the ABC ended on a strong note with 1.06 million nationally and Utopia departed with 1.02 million. Both topped Doctor Doctor in the metros. In regional markets Seven News led the way with 580,000 viewers, followed by Seven News/Today Tonight with 481,000, The Block with 477,000, Home and Away was fourth with 454,000, and Doctor Doctor was fifth with 396,000.

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