Monday surge for SBS and ABC
We must be getting ready for summer. Viewers swarmed to the public broadcasters on Monday.
Maybe it’s a sign of things to come over summer. SBS and ABC had a strong Monday.
The return of the British Top Gear came racing down the ratings freeway, attracting a whopping 1.06m viewers -third in its timeslot. Last week’s Aussie version was further down the road with 662,000 viewers. As if it didn’t already know it, that’s a clear message to SBS about the popularity of the Clarkson, Hammond and May.
SBS managed an 8.8% share for Monday, it’s best in quite a while.
ABC had some strong wins with The Howard Years, now really beginning to tighten the screws on the Howard / Costello differences. With 1.080m viewers it almost tied City Homicide‘s 1.089m for second place. Enough Rope‘s Angelina Jolie / Clint Eastwood interview won its slot with 1.06m viewers. ABC ended in third place overall for Monday.
The top show for the night was Today Tonight, with the ‘final’ interview with Barbara Williams, on 1.59m nationally while A Current Affair with a Roberta Williams interview in East Coast editions took 1.02m. TT won Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
TEN’s good news was Good News Week at 877,000 viewers across its two hours. That was light years ahead of the supposedly-missed 90210. Just 480,000 viewers. That spells doom for its 7:30 Sunday slot next week. Expect a change before then…. Meanwhile humble Out of the Blue impressed with 477,000 at 10:30pm, suggesting TEN programmers are either brilliant at getting the mood and timeslot right, or complete fools in wasting it so late. You decide.
Finally, have we seen the last of Out of the Question? It took 461,000. It can’t be too expensive to produce, and Seven seems happy to put money into Andrew O’Keefe’s new venture on 7HD (it premieres on Sunday). Will they be prepared to give Glenn Robbins another season?