Seven drops the ball on Thursday

The Seven Network lost significant ground on an important week last night after a number of shows failed to adequately tackle the opposition.

Compared to the rest of the week it was a relatively soft night all round. That allowed the season premiere of Sea Patrol to become the top show of the night with 1.23m viewers. Aussie drama gets another tick this week.

It bettered Law and Order: SVU on 860,000, and Cougar Town  / How I Met Your Mother (708,000 / 704,000).

Of concern to Seven would be the figures for  The Matty Johns Show / The Bounce with a combined 754,000. The NRL edition was 249,000 in Sydney while the AFL version was 214,000 in Melbourne. Both were down on last week’s numbers while Nine’s Footy Show‘s total again beat them in a later slot.

Both were defeated by The Biggest Loser (1.08m), Getaway (1.03m), and The 7:30 Report (938,000) with its Barack Obama interview.

A Seven spokesperson says of The Bounce, “We are thrilled with the way the team and the show is coming together.”

“You need to remember this is only the fourth show … and all programs need time to bed in,” they tell the Herald Sun.

“We are confident the audience will find the show.”

FlashForward‘s return stood at 514,00 and 346,000 for its two episodes from 9:30pm.

Meanwhile The 7PM Project continues to show optimism since the end of Daylight Saving netting 800,000.

The other big news of the night were the numbers that flocked to GO! with The Big Bang Theory nabbing 385,000 for its first episode. GO! again pulled a 5.2% share, beating both SBS channels.

So far this week Nine has a share of 32.7% to Seven’s 29.1% with TEN on 19.2%.

Week 16

35 Comments:

  1. Pete Helliar is not a host….he is a comedian

    turn it up steve. he is terrible as a stand up and he is terrible as a wannabee comedian trying to be a fictional character

  2. @Jason Shaw While it’s quite obvious why Sea Patrol keeps coming back – people watch it – I do have to agree with you that it is utterly boring.

  3. @jason shaw…… lets hope you Never become a TV executive…. “Sea Patrol is the worst show on tv i don’t know why channel 9 keep bringing it back”…….. Its because it rates!!!. What would you put on instead jason? Celebrity Deal Or No Deal? The best of Australia’s Got Talent? The Real Housewives of Dubbo?…… please enlighten me with you formula to get rid of a hit show

  4. we all complain when networks dump new programs after a week or 2 due poor ratings, yet we also complain when they don’t dump low performers! I would much rather networks give shows a good 10 week run (or shorter, depending on the number of eps) and then make the decision.

    That way new shows get chance to see of they can do well, and audiences get a bit of certainty!!

  5. darryn, demos are the only thing that matters in a country of any size. Just because they make your favourite Seven and Nine shows look less impressive in the ratings doesn’t make them unimportant.

  6. A better option would be An Airline/Airways kind of show from 7:30pm to 8pm Than an evening full of comedies and no more of this Footy Drivel.Bogans Aside who watches the bounce!!!

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