Week 23 saw all the biffo on Wednesday night. The State of Origin hit a high of 2.28m viewers -a record for the event since OzTAM ratings commenced. It helped Nine win just its third week of ratings over Seven. It was also the same night that The Chaser’s War on Everything offended large portions of the viewing audience with its now-notorious sketch.
Nine won the week with 27.1% over Seven’s 26.4% and TEN’s 24.5%. The ABC had 17.1% and SBS 4.8%.
As expected, Nine won Sydney and Brisbane with Seven snaring all other cities. Sevenand Nine took three nights (Seven: Sunday, Friday and Saturday / Nine: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday) and TEN landing one (Tuesday). ABC was equal second with TEN on Saturday.
Significantly, for the second week in a row TEN wins key demos 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.
State of Origin was the top show for the week, with a whopping 2.28m viewers. It peaked at a huge 2.68m viewers and the broadcast topped the 2.14m for the third match last year. It took just under 1m in Sydney, 834,000 in Brissy while in Melbourne 328,000 viewers tuned in, not bad given the state’s interest in another code. Elsewhere for the network, Nine News (Sunday), 60 Minutes, Sea Patrol, Getaway, A Current Affair and 20 to 1 all performed as did Monday’s new Two and a Half Men. The Footy Show did well to nab 1.06m viewers across its late timeslot, even if the majority of it was for AFL rather than NRL. But homeMade continues to drag, with the network biting the bullet on its scheduling. Tuesday nights still struggle across the board, and will surely remain problematic with current programming.
Seven News continues to dominate and spearhead the network’s evening line-up for the network as it did for so many years on Nine. Sunday’s edition was the week’s best with 1.83m. Also strong were Today Tonight, Sunday Night, Bones, The Zoo, Find my Family and Better Homes and Gardens. Less successful was the Border Security USA / The Force double, which dropped audience in between Sunday Night and Bones. Blame MasterChef Australia for that. Home and Away continues to feel the bite too. The Jonathan Ross Show premiered to 452,000 -down slightly on the 500,000 or so usually won by Boston Legal in the same slot. The network snuck in a repeat on Thursday at the expense of King of the Hill. New Idea TV has a long way to go before Judge Judy is thrown out of TEN’s court.
Glory continues at TEN with new product. Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation‘s 1.62m viewers have effectively not blinked since its premiere. If TEN can keep this up for even half the run of Spicks and Specks they will be laughing. MasterChef Australia took a cool 1.56m on Sunday and won its 7pm slot every night this week (clarification: some eps 1 hr). NCIS, Merlin, Rove, Recruits, Good News Week all did good business. Alas, Law and Order: SVU languishes in its Wednesday timeslot -now both against State of Origin and without it. Meanwhile Criminal Intent does nicely thankyou in its old Thursday slot. Rules of Engagement has picked up and quiet achiever TEN News at Five has been topping 1m viewers.
A controversial Chaser’s War on Everything was best for ABC with 1.16m viewers followed by Spicks and Specks‘ and New Tricks both on 1.13m. Doctor Who topped the 1m mark while ABC News, Australian Story, Silent Witness, Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story, The 7:30 Report, The Bill, Four Corners and Media Watch all scored. Q & A‘s replacement Mask and Memory was a long way behind the forum show’s regular audience.
Top Gear Australia is slipping viewers each week, thankfully not too many. It was the network’s best with 595,000. The network also launched SBS TWO this week but will be lucky to see any unique programming in the week’s Top 100 for a long time.