While ratings reports regularly trumpet the results of reality shows, quality drama is seemingly overlooked. The show premiered in February with 824,000. While the trend is often to see a downturn, last week it was 831,000 and last night it was 820,000. By contrast Crownies debuted with 706,000 in 2011.
It wasn’t ABC’s only success with The Checkout also consistently performing well, last night at 825,000.
Seven network turned around Thursdays with a share of 28.9% and Nine network 28.1%, ABC 19.9%, TEN 17.1% and SBS 5.0%.
Both Seven and Nine are now neck and neck for the week with Nine just 0.4% in front, not enough to keep its rival at bay.
Seven News was 1.14m / 1.01m then Home and Away (922,000), Border Security (587,000 in 3 cities), Million Dollar Minute (541,000), My France with Manu (472,000 in 2 cities), Strip the City (382,000 in 3 cities), and Downton Abbey (360,000 in 2 cities).
Nine News (1.17m / 1.06m) topped the night. Next for Nine were ACA (827,000), The Footy Show (726,000), Hot Seat (650,000), Top Gear (563,000 in 3 cities). A Fat Tony repeat was 196,000 and Big Bang was 195,000 / 151,000 in 2 cities.
ABC News (846,000) led ABC1 then The Checkout (825,000), Janet King (820,000), 7:30 (737,000), Grand Designs (383,000). Accused was 251,000.
TEN Eyewitness News (621,000) was again best for TEN then The Project (514,000 / 372,000), Law and Order: SVU (446,000 / 355,000), So You Think You Can Dance Australia (411,000 / 353,000).
On SBS ONE it was Mexican Fiesta (268,000), Gourmet Farmer (240,000), Exploring China (213,000), SBS World News (131,000) and Life of Crime (113,000).
Ben and Holly did it again with 303,000 on ABC2.
ABC News Breakfast: 72,000 / 61,000
Wake Up: 26,000
OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 11 April 2014