Heartfelt Offspring hits season high

2013-08-15_0934A strong night for TEN and the ABC ensured that last night the numbers stacked up with four networks in there boots and all with less than 6% difference between them. Let’s have more nights like this please!

Offspring‘s season finale was the night’s top entertainment show, winning its timeslot with 1.1m viewers, topping the demos and securing its best numbers this season -just shy of an all-time high. Russel Howcroft will be pleased to see it even beat the return of Gruen Nation (1.03m).

Seven network still managed to win the night with 26.8% then Nine 24.7%, TEN 22.7%, ABC 21.0% and SBS 4.8%.

Seven News (1.29m) topped the night for Seven then Today Tonight (1.09m), SlideShow slipped a little (1.03m), then Home and Away (955,000), Deal or No Deal (554,000), Criminal Minds struggled (550,000 in 5 cities / 372,000 in 3 cities / 249,000 in 2 cities), and The Mole (229,000).

Nine News (1.22m) led Nine followed by A Current Affair (1.00m), Big Brother (894,000), Arrow (648,000), Hot Seat (640,000) and Embarrassing Bodies (330,000).

TEN had a good night thanks to Offspring (1.1m), MasterChef Australia second in its slot (923,000), The Project (692,000) and TEN News (688,000). This Week Live didn’t maintain the trend and slipped from last week to 436,000. The Simpsons was 373,000.

Gruen Nation topped ABC1 with 1.03m viewers followed by ABC News (956,000), The Hamster Decides (867,000), Qi (821,000), 7:30 (743,000), Wednesday Night Fever finished well (554,000) and Restoration Man (289,000).

On SBS ONE it was The Last Dogs of Winter (219,000), Charlie Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers (206,000), World News Australia (195,000) and Classical Destinations (131,000).

Neighbours was best on multichannels with 320,000.

Sunrise: 391,000
Today: 341,000
ABC News Breakfast: 64,000 / 35,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 14 August 2013.


  1. carolemorrissey

    Loved the Offspring finale. I went from bawling my eyes out, to laughing my head off, to bawling again and laughing again. The end scene of her lying on the floor giving birth was hysterical.

  2. it was good to see a ”four-channel-battle” in the ratings last night.

    Good to see Offspring rate well. A shame that This Week Live couldn’t succeed on the offspring final.

    The Gruen and the Chaser did well on the ABC too.

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