Criminal Minds beats Big Brother as Seven takes Wednesday

Ratings: Big Brother will need to deliver more storylines if it is to stop a trickle becoming a ratings leak.

2014-09-18_1011Big Brother may be scoring well in its younger demos, notably 16-39, but its Total People numbers are already slipping. Last night the show had 634,000, down from last Wednesday’s 777,000. It also lost its timeslot last night, beaten by Criminal Minds 799,000 (although Nine took the younger demos).

The Bachelor also did better business in all 3 demos 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54-albeit in an earlier timeslot.

While Big Brother has copped some criticism in the media and from fans for its casting, storyline editing and lack of Live Updates, one of its problems is the audience needs to peel back the layers of its characters. Focussing on romantic storylines so much and shutting down Live Updates diminishes their stories.

But primetime was not the only story in yesterday’s numbers.

Sunrise is whacking Today, both of which are now on terra firma. Sunrise pulled a big 411,000 to Today‘s 280,000.

Seven network won its second night of the week with a 31.0% share then Nine 30.1%, TEN17.7%, ABC 16.2% and SBS 4.9%.

Seven News (1.1m / 1.01m) was best for Seven then Home and Away (931,000), The Force (864,000), Border Security (82,000), Criminal Minds (799,000 / 544,000) and Million Dollar Minute (564,000).

The Block (1.17m) topped the night for Nine followed by Nine News (1.09m / 1.03m), A Current Affair (968,000), Big Brother (634,000), Hot Seat (589,000) and Two and A Half Men (284,000).

TEN’s The Bachelor lifted from last week (774,000). TEN Eyewitness News was 577,000, The Project was 560,000 / 457,000, Wonderland was 458,000 and Extant was 166,000.

ABC News (754,000) led the night for ABC then Utopia (603,000), 7:30 (586,000), QI (520,000 / 409,000), Reality Check (444,000) and a repeat of Head First (295,000).

On SBS ONE it was Living with the Enemy (234,000), Wild Britain (207,000), SBS World News (122,000) and Borgen (110,000).

7TWO’s Rosemary and Thyme was best on multichannels at 303,000.

Sunrise: 411,000
Today: 280,000
ABC News Breakfast: 76,000 / 46,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 17 September 2014

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