A well-promoted Midsomer Murders episode from 2000 with a young Orlando Bloom pulled 318,000 for GEM. Together with Poirot (235,000) it lifted its share to 6.0% -almost enough to topple all of SBS channels combined. While it’s hardly the same as investing in local content like 7mate has done recently with Paul Fenech and Troy Kinne, it taps into viewers looking for alternatives.
Nine still edged Seven on primary channel shares but GEM and GO! helped increase the margin.
Nine network won the night with 32.% then Seven 28.0%, TEN 17.3%, ABC 16.3% and SBS 6.4%.
The Block (1.18m) topped the night for Nine then Nine News (1.07m / 1.06m), A Current Affair (938,000), To Catch a Smuggler (616,000), Hot Seat (584,000) and Big Bang (360,000 / 309,000).
Seven News (1.09m / 1.04m) was best for Seven then Home and Away (926,000), Winners and Losers (820,000), Bringing Sexy Back (687,000), Million Dollar Minute (557,000) and Chicago Fire (415,000 / 253,000).
The Project was 679,000 / 487,000 on TEN. TEN Eyewitness News was 588,000, Save with Jamie was 437,000, NCIS was 426,000 and Under the Dome was 296,000.
ABC News (809,000) led ABC then 7:30 (624,000), Foreign Correspondent (540,000), The War That Changed Us (445,000), QI (433,000) and At the Movies (386,000)
The final Who Do You Think You Are? scored 436,000 for SBS ONE, then Insight (328,000), Dateline (169,000) and SBS World News (137,000).
The Morning Show: 177,000 / 119,000
Studio 10: 63,000 / 36,000
OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 26 August 2014