Catalyst upstages Redfern Now
Ratings: A controversial Catalyst episode attracts a bumper audience, but Seven wins the night despite no shows over the magic million.
The episode looking at tactics used by drug companies to distort cholesterol-lowering medication data had been criticised this week by key medical groups, including the AMA.
Having such a high viewing base should have been an ideal launching pad for the excellent and award-winning Redfern Now, but it pulled 604,000, down on the 721,000 of Season 1’s premiere with a much lower lead-in.
ABC1 still did well for the night, including an ABC News Update topping the night (is this a first?), but Seven won overall despite no shows over the magic million.
Seven won Thursday with 28.6% to Nine 27.9%, ABC 20.6%, TEN 16.8% and SBS 6.2%.
Seven News was 992,000 then Today Tonight (884,000), Beauty and the Geek Australia (834,000), Home and Away (821,000), How I Met Your Mother (629,000), How I Met Your Mother (629,000), Grey’s Anatomy (498,000) and Million Dollar Minute (447,000). The Amazing Race was 194,000.
Nine News (1.03m) was best for Nine then A Current Affair (797,000), Big Brother (790,000), Hot Seat (533,000) and Top Gear (467,000 / 220,000 in 3 cities). Nine screened The Dark Knight (84,000) in Adelaide and Perth instead of Top Gear.
Following Catalyst for ABC1 were ABC News (849,000), 7:30 (833,000), Redfern Now (604,000), Fry’s Planet Word (334,000) and Auction Room (229,000).
Law and Order: SVU (693,000) led TEN then TEN Eyewitness News (559,000) and Jamie’s Food Fight Club (478,000). The Project was down to 404,000, The Simpsons was 256,000 and Revealed was 221,000.
The London Markets (281,000) was best for SBS ONE followed by Masters of Sex (230,000), Italian Food Safari (219,000), Destination Flavour: Japan (209,000) and World News Australia (152,000).
Big Bang was big on GO! at 350,000.
OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 31 October 2013