Without The Chaser’s War on Everything on air last night, the ABC audience took a dive.
Spicks and Specks still soared with a big crowd for its “50’s Special” including Pete Smith, Toni Lamond, Frankie J. Holden and Hamish Blake. It packed them in with 1.42m viewers. But instead of retaining the crowd with Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union, it saw the figure drop to 696,000 -about half The Chaser.
Had the Chaser been in play, it could have expected most of the audience to stay put.
As a result ABC’s Wednesday share was 17.3%. Two weeks ago (last week it was against the State of Origin) it fared better at 19.5%.
Wednesday saw some decent wins for Thank God You’re Here, MasterChef Australia and Today Tonight which just edged ahead of A Current Affair (which won on Tuesday). Unsurprisingly, ACA is enjoying bumper figures this week, 1.35- 1.45m.
Nine News‘ Ramsay apology topped the 500,000 mark in Melbourne. Seven News still won nationally.