There were two locally produced dramas on television last night: one was the highly-publicised Wicked Love telemovie on Nine, the other was the ABC3 family series My Place which had its first run on ABC1 in a prime Sunday night slot.
Wicked Love: The Maria Korp Story did well with an audience of just under 1.3m winning its timeslot and pushing The Good Wife down to 902,000 on TEN. Seven’s Bones was sandwiched with a respectable 1.23m. Reviews had panned the Nine telemovie but viewers still tuned in to see the sordid tale, or Rebecca Gibney…. or both.
But it was My Place that was the real story of the night.
The handsomely-produced series, which had already had a run on ABC3, was a disaster in the 7:30 slot. It pulled just 283,000 viewers. The ABC News lead in was 907,000 indicating a huge switch-off by ABC viewers. Had enough viewers had already seen the show on ABC1 or have Programmers misread the audience? A week earlier Doctor Who in the same timeslot was 840,000.
As a result the ABC’s evening share was just 11.8%.
Elsewhere last night the return of 60 Minutes took 1.03m, third in its slot behind Air Ways / Border Security (1.34m / 1.27m) and Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation (1.18m) while Sunday Night (1.07m) beat The Biggest Loser (835,000) and Domestic Blitz (821,000).
Dateline returned for 2010 with 158,000 for SBS ONE.
Ice skating comedy Blades of Glory was strongest on digital channels with 256,000 for GO!
Nine won the night.
Updated: Nine claims GO! took a 10.1% share for 16-39s last night, the first time a demo nudged into double figures on a digital channel.