Upper Middle bonus for ABC comedies
Ratings: ABC's gamble with comedies on Thursday nights pays off, but the night goes to Nine.
ABC1s’ Wednesday night line up is so full with comedy and politics that it was forced to slate its new shows on a night that has normally been given over to documentaries and the odd drama. But outside of Home and Away, the new comedy from Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope was the night’s top entertainment shows, with Peter Helliar’s close behind.
Nine network was 29.8% then Seven 25.4%, ABC 19.4%, TEN 18.7% and SBS 6.7%.
Nine News (1.16m) topped the night for Nine then A Current Affair (990,000), Big Brother (906,000) which also topped the demos, The Footy Show (831,000) and Hot Seat (615,000).
Seven News was also 1.16m for Seven then Today Tonight (963,000), Home and Away (937,000), Dynamo: Magician Impossible (920,000), Deal or No Deal (507,000), but its observational block Please Marry My Boy (452,000) and Formal Wars (352,000) underperformed.
Upper Middle Bogan (927,000) and It’s a Date (877,000) both outranked ABC News (860,000) for ABC1 then Catalyst (746,000), 7:30 (718,000), Would I Lie to You? (432,000), Country House Rescue (246,000) and Derek (239,000).
TEN could not rise above TEN News (636,000) with MasterChef at 614,000, The Project (582,000), Law and Order: SVU at 582,000 / 558,000 and The Simpsons at 345,000.
Vikings was 323,000 on SBS ONE then Heston’s Feasts (251,000), Food Factory: Supersized (229,000), Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong (189,000) and World News Australia (180,000).
The Big Bang Theory was first on multichannels with 344,000 / 331,000.
Seven News at 7: 124,000
Nine News at 7:00: 87,000
OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 15 August 2013