Gruen, Hamster lift ABC1

2013-08-29_0910ABC1’s political double act Gruen Nation and The Hamster Decides did so well for ABC1 that the network was knocking on the door of Channel Nine on Wednesday. In part that’s also because Big Brother is doing so poorly in Total People, beaten by MasterChef on TEN.

But it was¬†Seven network’s night with a 28.5% share then Nine 24.5%, ABC 22.4%, TEN 20.5% and SBS 4.2%.

Seven News (1.2m) topped the night for Seven then Today Tonight (958,000), SlideShow (935,000), Home and Away (904,000), Criminal Minds (693,000 / 598,000) and Deal or No Deal was 469,000.

Nine News (1.15m) was best for Nine followed by A Current Affair (952,000), Big Brother was down to 740,000, Hot Seat was 636,000, Arrow was 585,000 and Embarrassing Bodies was 379,000 / 249,000.

Gruen Nation (1.04m) led ABC1 then The Hamster Decides (815,000), ABC News (806,000), Qi (751,000), 7:30 (652,000) and Adam Hills: The Last Leg (491,000).

MasterChef Australia was strong for TEN on 910,000 followed by Wonderland (769,000), TEN News (592,000),  The Project (558,000). The Simpsons was 354,000. But This Week Live struggled on 295,000.

Expedition Wolf (200,000) topped SBS ONE then Charlie Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers (163,000), World News Australia (152,000) and The Killing (87,000).

ABC2’s Fireman Sam was best on multichannels at 299,000.

ABC News 24: 218,000
7TWO: 130,000
GEM: 78,000 / 14,000
ONE: 87,000
SBS 2: 30,000

Sunrise: 402,000
Today: 321,000
ABC News Breakfast: 61,000 / 37,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 28 August 2013.


  1. @Mr J no, Fireman Sam now has different animation.

    I forgot to record Wonderland. Not that fussed about chasing it up, so I guess I’m out already. And I usually watch all of Ten’s hour long dramas.

  2. If Ten want viewers to watch Wonderland start the bloody show on time. Once again I intended to watch, but it wasn’t on at 8.30 so watch Gruen instead. Seriously Ten, you need to start winning viewers back, not continue turning them away

  3. @maxxdude Completely agree with what your friend says.

    It would be interesting to see if a trend emerges where last nights 9.30 highest rater (between 7 and 9) translates to higher ratings for the breakfast shows.. Maybe we should keep an eye out?

    I know a lot of my friends 25-35 and childless only switch on breakfast tv to keep an eye on the time. They don’t actually sit down and watch.

    I don’t give a toss either, I just wanna know what the weather will be like and how long I have before my bus comes.

  4. @ maxxdude

    I think you are correct. See my earlier comment re Ten having troubles at 9.30 – this will then translate to Ten breakfast not having many viewers

  5. Ten has a long season ahead for Wonderland if it is to show all 22 episodes…Oh dear. Have yet to watch but might give it a go once Arrow has finished (if it is still going that is).
    As Mr. J asked why the difference with b/fast shows? I am a Today show person while a lot of my friends are Sunrise people & the others watch Today while others watch ABC. None of us seem to be surfers who swich from show to show daily so why the change?
    A friend suggested that it could be that they watch the channel that is on when they turn on the tv in the morning, so if they were watching Nine the night before that is what they will stay with the next morning.
    David what do you think?

  6. Wonderland and Masterchef were both top 2 in all 3 main demos (16-39, 18-49, 25-54) – Wonderland 1 in 18-49 / MChef 1 in other 2, while Big Brother was 3 in 16-39 only (outside top 5 for other 2 demos).

    Ten I’d say would be quite happy about that result.

  7. I would say that Ten will leave This Week Live where it is until the end of the ratings year, when we won’t see it back nor Wanted also. We can probably add Hugh Riminton;s news show in a couple of weeks to that list.

    They really have ongoing problems with gaining any traction in the 9.30 timeslot all of the time except Tuesdays.

  8. Gruen Nation, The Killing, Longmire, White Collar, Arrow, Wonderland, plenty of stuff on. Just nothing that everybody watches.

    Slideshow’s ratings are holding up much more than I ever would have expected.

    Wonderland’s ratings are what you would expect after the mediocre numbers for the premiere.

  9. Good on you Aunty. Well done. But I think it’s more a reflection of the absolute, unmitigated crap being shown on the other channels rather than Gruen & Hampster being unmissable high quality TV.
    Grn and Hmpstr were the first FTA TV shows I’ve watched in weeks and weeks. And I haven’t watched commercial FTA for many months. My friends and co-workers have had similar realisations. Sad really. To freely quote the Simpsons, “TV spent so much more time raising me than did my parents”.
    Good luck to you people out there who still enjoy TV (& judging from the comments on this website most of you seem to work in the industry – not that I’d brag about it if I were you) but for me it’s a case of Vale: TV.

  10. is that the same Fireman Sam i watched 20 years ago?

    breakfast ratings just as all over the place as ever, the other day Today won, now Sunrise is back to 80k+ wins.

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