Melbourne audiences drive the TV ratings
Ratings: It's the great divide. Of the top 50 shows on TV last night, 43 were highest in Melbourne, and only 7 in Sydney.
Last night there were whopping differences between cities in Melbourne’s favour for Nine News, The Block, ABC News, Offspring and Adam Hills Tonight (all of which were filmed locally). Of the top 50 shows, only 7 were higher in Sydney: Deal or No Deal, The Bold and The Beautiful, Nine’s Afternoon News, a repeat of The Hollowmen, Little Charley Bear, Seven News at 4:30 and a Big Bang replay on GO!
The reasons why Melbourne repeatedly tops Sydney aren’t necessarily apparent, but industry theories put it down to weather and a bigger uptake of Foxtel in Sydney.
On Wednesday, Nine network won the night with a 30.4% share, then Seven 29.0%, ABC 19.0%, TEN 17.2% and SBS 4.3%.
Nine News topped the night with 1.35m then The Block (1.18m), A Current Affair (1.13m), Arrow (968,000), The Big Bang Theory (885,000), Hot Seat (735,000) and The Following (443,000 / 352,000).
Seven News (1.25m) was best for Seven then Today Tonight (1.06m), Home and Away (952,000), House Rules (951,000), Criminal Minds (733,000 / 564,000) and Deal or No Deal (609,000). Hannibal was 177,000.
ABC News (911,000) topped ABC1 followed by Qi (812,000), 7:30 (785,000), Adam Hills Tonight (634,000), Would I Lie to You? (426,000) and Time Team (314,000).
Offspring (798,000) led TEN but was down on last week. TEN News was 696,000, The Project improved with 570,000, Modern Family was 569,000 / 504,000, The Simpsons was 414,000 but Beauty and the Beast struggled with 255,000 losing a pile of its lead-in.
World News Australia (214,000) was best on SBS ONE then Jimmy’s Forest (170,000), Extreme Frontiers: Canada (134,000) and Borgen (124,000).
Bananas in Pyjamas topped multichannels with an impressive 387,000. The final Head First was 158,000.
ABC News Breakfast: 59,000 / 36,000
OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 29 May 2013