Politics drives ABC shows on Wednesday

Todd Sampson, John HewsonInterest in Gruen Nation, Kitchen Cabinet and The Hamster Decides pulled big audiences to ABC1 last night with all three shows outranking every other entertainment show except Home and Away.

Gruen lifted to 1.18m viewers, as the top entertainment show for the night. Annabel Crabb’s dinner with Tony Abbott score 921,000 and The Hamster Decides was 913,000.

It wasn’t enough for ABC to lift from third place but it was impressive nonetheless.

Seven network won the night with a share of 28.6% then Nine 26.0%, ABC 22.8%, TEN 18.0% and SBS 4.6%.

Seven News (1.18m) was best for Seven then Today Tonight (1.04m), Home and Away (943,000), SlideShow (830,000), Criminal Minds (727,000 / 510,000) and Deal or No Deal (482,000).

Nine News (1.26m) topped the night for Nine followed by A Current Affair (1.09m), Big Brother (807,000 / 772,000), Hot Seat (642,000) and Arrow (525,000).

ABC’s other showings were ABC News (911,000), 7:30 (899,000) and Adam Hills: The Last Leg (462,000).

Wonderland (688,000) did well in the demos for TEN. TEN News was 634,000, The Project was 580,000, Modern Family was 493,000 / 452,000, The Simpsons was 392,000. This Week Live  was 303,000.

Charlie Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers (215,000) topped SBS ONE followed by Martin Clunes: The Lemurs of Madagascar (202,000), World News Australia (194,000) and The Killing (110,000).

The Big Bang Theory (370,000 / 354,000) led multichannels.

Sunrise: 401,000
Today: 314,000
ABC News Breakfast: 60,000 / 40,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 4 September 2013


  1. David has said it before – the problem with This Week Live is that it is competing for the same eyeballs that watch the powerhouse comedy lineup that is on Wednesday night on ABC1.

    They can wait it out until ABC runs out of product (although there must be an abundance because their Thursday line up would normally have appeared on a Wednesday) or move it to a new night. But doubt it will improve now and may as well wait out the rest of the year like other Ten also rans like Wanted and Blue Bloods.

  2. I agree J Bar, we call it The Panel at our house because we never remember the name of the show. The name The Panel would have at least had people curious. I guess 10 don’t own the name though. I thought it was really good last night. It’s a show I chuckle all the way through. I think this and The Living Room deserve better audiences and on another network they would get it.

  3. I’m watching the mole still and I was a fan of the show for many years and have to say it is bloody stupid that there has been no termination for 3 weeks so slow moving! Curious as to how many viewers it is actually getting???

  4. I think This Week Live is suffering from having a bad title. One of my workmates told me today that he saw a really funny skit on “some comedy show” on Ten. It’s been on for weeks but he hadn’t discovered it until he stumbled across it when channel surfing. Ten not doing a good job promoting its material.

  5. Was I the only person watching The Mole last night? That was the Red Wedding of reality tv. 7 weeks of hard work down the drain because of Sams selfishness. Loving this series, all the supposed long time fans that gave up after one episode are really missing out.

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