Rove McManus’ return to television last night lifted The Project by around 100,000 on the preceding Monday, at 730,000 / 528,000 across its split-coded hour. The show also benefitted from the breaking news of Julian Assange’s confirmation that he will leave the Ecuadorian embassy “soon” with a live phone chat to a Wikileaks lawyer.
But it was Clive Palmer’s outburst on Q & A that has all the headlines today, for all the wrong reasons.
Meanwhile the night belonged to the Nine network with a share of 31.6% then Seven 28.5%, ABC 20.7%, TEN 16.0% and SBS 3.3%.
The Block (1.28m) topped the night for Nine then Nine News (1.16m / 1.09m), A Current Affair (1.00m), House Husbands (966,000), Hot Seat was strong at 783,000, Extraordinary Lives (454,000) and Footy Classified (241,000 in 3 cities).
Seven News (1.19m / 1.1m) was best for Seven then The X Factor eliminating boyband Younger than Yesterday (1.08m), Home and Away (924,000), The Amazing Race: Aus v NZ (616,000) and Million Dollar Minute (591,000). Talking Footy was 34,000 in 3 cities (113,000 on 7mate).
Australian Story (880,000) bettered ABC News (823,000). Next for ABC were 7:30 (684,000), Four Corners (654,000), Q & A (639,000), Media Watch (629,000) and QI (406,000).
The Project (730,000 / 528,000) led TEN’s night. TEN Eyewitness News was 659,000, David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities was 475,000 / 384,000, Have You Been Paying Attention? was 435,000 and an NCIS: LA repeat was 263,000.
It was a terrible night for SBS, even by their own standards. Mythbusters was the best it could manage at 129,000, then Legally Brown (120,000), SBS World News (118,000), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (106,000) and the aptly-titled Michael Mosley: Vets in Disaster Zone (105,000).
Neighbours was best on multichannels at 326,000.
ABC News Breakfast: 70,000 / 54,000
OzTAM Overnights: Monday 18 August 2014