Sting in the tail of Monday ratings for Seven, Nine, TEN.

If you’re a Seven, Nine or TEN exec you’ll know by now why some people are a bit grumpy this morning.

They’ve just seen some of the ratings for Monday night.

ABC was on fire on Monday night, with ABC News pulling higher viewing numbers than either Seven News or Nine News. Just as well these three are not head to head or there would be real trouble. There were big figures for ABC’s Monday line up across the board.

Seven News was down because of its Melbourne bulletin, plummeting to just 192,000 viewers while Nine had 350,000.  Seven News won in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. What’s the deal with Melbourne?

TEN had a miserable night, unable to rise above its 5pm News. The audience has already rejected Ben and Kate, while New Girl is tanking. It was a big brighter in Breakfast land with a figure above ABC’s primary channel.

The star performer of the night was The X Factor.

Seven Network won with 30.6% then Nine 27.1%, ABC 23.2%, TEN 15.5% and SBS 3.6%.

The X Factor Performance was 1.48m for Seven then Seven News (1.08m), Today Tonight (1.00m), Home and Away (992,000), Scandal (743,000), Deal or No Deal (445,000) and The Amazing Race (313,000).

Nine News was 1.04m for Nine. ACA  was 1.00m, Big Brother was 899,000, The Mentalist was 799,000, Person of Interest was 550,000, Hot Seat was 543,000 and CSI: NY was 273,000.

ABC News was 1.12m for ABC1 then Four Corners (1.03m), Australian Story (982,000), Media Watch (950,000), 7:30 (886,000), Q & A (858,000) and Lateline (301,000).

TEN News (650,000) was best for TEN. Modern Family was 632,000, Can of Worms was 476,000, The Project 6pm was 389,000, New Girl was 370,000, Hawaii Five-0 was 282,000, and Ben and Kate was 219,000.

Mythbusters (208,000) led SBS ONE then World News Australia (156,000), Derren Brown: The Experiments (131,000) and Black Mirror (85,000).

The Big Bang Theory topped multichannels on 299,000.

Sunrise: 352,000
Today: 337,000
Breakfast: 48,000
ABC News Breakfast:  41,000 / 31,000

Monday 15 October 2012



  1. ABC News does have a left-wing bias. However, that is tolerable compared to the commercial networks news coverage which is filled with cross-promotions, advertising disguised as news and disproportionate coverage on certain reports. I think the quality of news coverage on commercial networks is incredibly poor.

  2. Some facts:

    Last night’s figures for Seven News in Melbourne were the lowest it has rated since Christmas Day 2007.

    In the last ten years, it has only rated lower on two other occsions:
    20/04/2004 163,000
    25/12/2003 119,000

    10 of the 16 lowest rating nights for Seven News in Melbourne over the past five years have all occurred in the past three months.

    And note to @Darcey09 – Nine News is hardly struggling in Sydney and Brisbane. In fact, it has already won the ratings year in Sydney. In Brisbane, it’s a close battle.

  3. @lordy16 I think it’s the way TEN are Advertising, remember going back when people were asking about Hawaii Five-O and David said he couldn’t tell when the new season would start (day or date), as TEN weren’t saying.

    I think that is half the problem right now, TEN needed to blitz the media weeks before outside of there own station to when Homeland, Hawaii Five-O, The Good Wife and etc were starting in new seasons, given days times and stayed firm to that.

    Yes Underground – The Julian Assange Story did well, however that was on the back of plenty of outside TV promotion. It got good coverage from good reviews in all daily’s for one being seen at the Toronto International Film Festival a couple of weeks before airing here (and that fuelled other stories as well).

  4. Wow 192,000 for 7 News Melbourne is one of the lowest figures i can recall in over a decade. It takes me back to the days where 9 News would thrash 7’s by anywhere between 100,000 to 200,000 or more in Melbourne during the 90’s. Ironically, it was around that period that my family and myself all switched from 9 to 7 News.

    I’m sure many are quick to point the finger at Peter Mitchell (presenter in melb) However, i think that he is by far the biggest asset to their Melb news, and to figure out what’s going wrong they need to take a good hard look at the changes they have made during 2012.

    Firstly – Content! There has been a shift from reporting ‘real’ news stories to seemingly trying to equal that content with ‘light & fluffy’ reports which do not belong in a 6pm news bulletin. Kim Kardashian being interviewed and handed vegemite? What? How is that news? I might have been mistaken for watching Entertainment Tonight if wasn’t for the 7 News logo. Aside from that, there is a ‘special report’ almost each night which would be better suited to TT in most cases.

    Go back 12 months to now, and one wonders what has happened to their focus on world events? Only ‘major’ events (and even that is debatable) seem to get air time, and could they not spare ‘at least’ 1 whole minute to wrap up events around the world each night?

    I appreciate the focus on ‘Melbourne’ stories, and believe 7 do truly deliver this better than its competitors, but too much air time is given to them, and if cut back could make room for more ‘news.’ Look at the 7 News website and see how much content it contains, and then compare it to 7’s 6pm news. They almost appear as two seperate entities, whereas the 6pm News should be the ‘primary’ source of News. Unfortunately, it is coming across as a sample of the website.

    Aside from this, presentation standards are slipping. Cuts are not as precise or sharp. Live crosses to a location where something happened 3 weeks ago is unnecessary. Chatter between News/ Sport/ Weather is too long. Peter Mitchell is an excellent presenter but the team behind him needs a lot of fine tuning. I will stick with 7 News melbourne as 9 News certainly isn’t much better. I have no doubts 7 will act and start the slow crawl back to No1 in Melbourne if they stop and look at what’s changed in the past 12 months with their news

  5. I agree with Pete, what can ten do? They fast track new shows but no one seems to care.
    I am one of the few people who watched New Girl, Ben and Kate and Can of worms last night. Ben and Kate is very weak and probably belongs on eleven but what is there to replace it with?

  6. Maev….Sydney: I can remember when Breakfast was below 20,000 some days.

    The new set has helped the show a lot. Hopefully it will build to around 100,000 come next year.

    Admittedly, it still has a couple of flaws but at least it doesn’t have silly cash games and advertisements within the program like Sunrise and Today.

  7. Despite Seven’s problems in Melbourne, it is still winning nationally quite easily. It’s not just about Melbourne!! Nine is struggling in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth. Ten is struggling everywhere.
    Well done ABC.

  8. Great news for the A.B.C.
    9 news in Melbourne has been thrashing 7 news (Melb) for all of this year, they haven’t won 1 week.
    A new presenter and the way they report stories cld be the reason 7 news is going so badly.
    192,000 for 7 news is dreadful and it doesn’t look like daylight savings in the reason why, when 9 news is getting 350,000 in Melb. When big stories break ple do turn 2 9 news.
    Our family will always stick with the best news service in Melbourne – 9 News!!!

  9. Seven News seems to be clutching at straws a bit lately.

    The new look studio, yuck, the old one looked much nicer.

    Crossing to a reporter every time, that’s gotten old fast. Having a reporter standing next to a road because someone crashed the day before doesn’t add anything to the report.

    This fad of showing Youtube clips sucks as well. If I wanted to see them i’d be on Youtube, not the news.
    It’s not funniest home videos.

  10. It’s good to see ABC News rating so well.

    Daylight saving is definitely one factor. I think Seven News is also sinking because of the content and the lead-in.

    What is DOND’s rating by the way?

  11. Black Mirror dropped 20k from an already weak opener.I liked this episode better.Not that any of us are programmers,tho we all like to act the part,but I’d put the Sbs news right at 6 against the others.It has the international angle to differentiate,and serious news guys would look at it 1/2 hour in rather than tt and aca.Moving up the rest of the lineup might help the later shows too,and you’re obviating any need for the dreadful under performer Count Down.

  12. Yes…I think daylight savings keeps a lot of folk out at 6PM….and also….I use to watch late night news during DLS….but there is no decent late night new now….apart from SBS which is more, as it says, World News….
    And TEN Breakfast slowly creeping up…can remember it being 30 t0 32 thousand awhile back.

  13. its so strange that comedies like new girl and dramas like homeland that rate so well in the US tank on TEN.

    is it the wya they are marketed? is it becuase no one knows they are on because no one is watching already?

    or is it just the TEN brand in general that is no longer resonating with viewers?

  14. I’m glad 4 Corners broke a million last night, it was fascinating viewing. Oh and Rod Laver on Australian Story followed by Lance Armstrong doping … talk about a study in contrasts!

  15. Good result for Scandal.

    The Mentalist is no longer the massive ratings drawcard it once was. Back in the day it was pulling figures of 1.5 million

    Ten can’t keep New Girl and Ben and Kate on the air with those figures, thats just laughable

  16. I must say I enjoyed Scandal last night. Great performance by Kerry Washington i hope it remains in that timeslot because I beleive there’s on 7 or so episode in this season. Other than that I find Monday night’s television a bore and chose to watch The Sopranos on DVD

  17. When watching the first episode of Ben and Kate I almost had to double check if it was supposed to be a comedy or just a light hearted story. There was nothing to laugh at.

  18. Maybe it’s time the commercial networks realised that the reason the ABC news is gaining the ratings is because the give us the news, not trumped up special “investigations” and political agendas. The only thing worse than the commercial news services at the moment are their “current affairs” programmes which suffer from a more extreme version of the same. The ABC offers a degree of objectivity and runs real news stories. Unfortunately SBS has slipped recently, but it’s still preferrable to the commercials!

    • There are a number of factors here. While BB is on ABC News rises because it is the only one (aside from SBS) offering content that isn’t light. It was a trend that happened 12 months earlier when Celebrity Apprentice was on. You can also add in Daylight Saving as a factor. However neither of these explains the drop for Seven News Melbourne. If Nine News can get 350,000 in Daylight Saving then that doesn’t explain why Seven News gets 192,000. And it’s not just a one day anomaly, their figures have been sinking for weeks.

  19. What are Ten to do?

    They are fast tracking and playing new product and nobody is watching. Given the small number of weeks left in the ratings year, I would just stick with the line up for Mondays and start afresh next year.

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