Walkley Awards don’t pop on ABC3

2013-11-29_1019As an ABC3 “pop-up” channel experiment¬†The Walkley Awards¬†failed to pop.

While it was a lengthy 3 hour broadcast, the 17,000 viewers it averaged suggests it may have been better served on ABC News 24 or as a delayed highlights special. The channel only increased its share by 0.5% compared to last Thursday.

But it was a low-rating night overall. Last night it was only News that lifted above the magic million, with all the entertainment shows sitting around 800,000 or less.

Here comes the last full ratings wrap for 2013….

Nine Network won the night with a share of 29.4% then Seven 28.2%, TEN 18.7%, ABC 17.1% and SBS 6.6%.

Nine News was 1.01m for Nine then A Current Affair (898,000), Secrets of Wild India (771,000), Hot Seat (540,000), The Big Bang Theory (462,000), Person of Interest (436,000 / 376,000). CSI: NY was 219,000.

Seven News was #1 at 1.02m then Today Tonight (831,000), Beauty and the Geek Australia (803,000), Border Security (755,000), Million Dollar Minute (450,000) and Grey’s Anatomy (406,000). The Amazing Race was 190,000.

On TEN it was TEN Eyewitness News (604,000), Law and Order: SVU (567,000 / 466,000), Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals (435,000 / 346,000). The Project was 409,000 and The Simpsons was 300,000.

ABC News won its slot with 785,000 for ABC1 followed by 7:30 (534,000), Redfern Now (469,000), Exhumed (383,000). The Hour was just 149,000.

Two Greedy Italians (290,000) was best for SBS ONE then Gourmet Farmer (271,000), Italian Food Safari (219,000), Masters of Sex (202,000), and World News Australia (149,000).

Big Bang was best on multichannels at 341,000 / 284,000.

Sunrise: 337,000
Today: 293,000
ABC News Breakfast: 66,000 / 37,000
Wake Up: 34,000

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 28 November 2013


  1. I wish to thank the ABC for the News. Also Eleven for Star Trek:DS9.

    As for the Walkley Awards. I like their idea of using Ch 23 for stuff after 9pm. I might have watched it if it was on a Saturday. As most of the time there’s nothing I want to watch on except on SBS. Although I also if, fleetingly, interested in some things I don’t think the price exacted is worth it. So don’t bother watching. Lastly congratulations to the winners. Commiserations to everyone else. Maybe next year.

  2. @ryan Because The Project moved from 6:30pm to 6pm and then back to 6:30pm in the space of a year (why they moved it back to accommodate repeats of the Simpsons I will never know).

  3. Walkley awards are mostly of interest to people in the industry. They were in effect using ABC3 as a close circuit network for the evening.

    The Hour is the 3rd or 4th showing of a mediocre show that’s been cancelled. 150k is pretty good considering. The Americans couldn’t do better.

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