Gruen (Image: ABC)

It was an action replay of a week ago. Nine won total people with Seven second, the ABC third and Ten fourth. In the main channels it was Nine first, the ABC second, Seven third and Ten fourth again.

The ABC’s performance was down on a weak ago after the second ep of Gruen slumped 21% to 977,000 from the return ep’s 1.23 million. The problem is that its the same old same old format. The first ep was enough to remind viewers of that familiarity. Hard Quiz averaged 932,000 in another solid performance, but also down on a week earlier.

Nine’s The Block averaged 1.08 million and was the most watched program after 7pm. Ten’s The Bachelorette had 610,000. Just weak all round — our two girls look and sound like also-rans from Farmer Wants A Wife.

And finally from the US, a lesson in how to blow almost 2 billion in six months. Remember Quibi, the mobile video Netflix wannabe? It was to deliver original video content to mobile phones. You would have thought that the COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions on movement made for an ideal launch pad. Nope, it went to god on Wednesday. It saw US$1.7 billion in investments from Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, MGM, WarnerMedia, ViacomCBS and several investment banks. There is a limit to what people want on their mobiles and what they want on other screens. No wonder TikTok works… for now.

In regional marketsSeven News, 541,000; Seven News 6.30, 520000; Home and Away, 355,000; The Chase Australia 5.30pm, 337,000; 7pm ABC News, 296,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (28.8%)
  2. Seven (23.7%)
  3. ABC (20.2%)
  4. Ten (18.1%)
  5. SBS (9.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (21.0%)
  2. ABC (15.9%)
  3. Seven (15.6%)
  4. Ten (10.7%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.5%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 10 Bold (4.3%)
  2. 7TWO (3.7%)
  3. 10 Peach (2.7%)
  4. 7mate (2.3%)
  5. ABC Kids/Comedy (2.1%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.485 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.427 million
  3. Nine/NBN News — 1.124 million
  4. Nine/NBN News  6.30 — 1.117 million
  5. The Block (Nine) —1.081 million
  6. ACA (Nine) — 999,000
  7. Gruen (ABC) — 977,000
  8. 7pm ABC News — 966,000
  9. Hard Quiz (ABC)   —- 932,000
  10. Home and Away (Seven) — 891,000

Top metro programs: None with a million or more viewers

Losers: An action replay of the previous Wednesday — Seven, Ten and Nine.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 943,000
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 906,000
  3. Nine News — 872,000
  4. Nine News 6.30  — 845,000
  5. ACA (Nine) — 731,000
  6. 7pm ABC News — 670,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 555,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 457,000
  9. Ten News First — 300,000
  10. The Project 6.30 (Ten) — 275,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 426,000/234,000
  2. Today (Nine) — 302,000/207,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 301,000/189,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 198,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 146,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 43,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Gogglebox Australia (LifeStyle) — 173,000
  2. Paul Murray, Alan Jones (Sky News) — 79,000
  3. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 75,000
  4. Credlin (Sky News) — 70,000

Peter Fray

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