Whatever the reason, for the third night in a row, no single show could manage to crack the one million mark, including the traditional 6pm News.
For the best comparison we should look to the same date a year ago, which was only marginally different with both news bulletins above the magic million. Things were a little brighter earlier in the week a year ago, now the dip is impacting earlier in the week.
Seven network won Thursday with 30.1% then Nine 26.8%, ABC 19.1%, TEN 18.3% and SBS 5.7%.
Seven News (903,000 / 873,000) was best for Seven then Home and Away (825,000), Beauty and the Geek (623,000 / 612,000) and Million Dollar Minute (470,000). Covert Affairs was 221,000.
Nine News (927,000 / 918,000) was best for Nine followed by ACA (796,000), Kings Cross ER (713,000), Big Brother (512,000), Hot Seat (490,000) and a repeat of Gotham (292,000).
Catalyst (731,000) topped ABC’s night while Upper Middle Bogan had a good debut at 719,000. ABC News (704,000), 7:30 (649,000), It’s a Date (621,000), QI (356,000) and Felicity’s Mental Mission (284,000) followed.
Madam Secretary was TEN’s best on Thursday at 559,000. The Project was 541,000 / 402,000. Save with Jamie was 528,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 516,000 and a repeat of Party Tricks was 190,000.
On SBS ONE it was The Little Paris Kitchen (248,000) then Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Island Feast (204,000), The Incredible Spice Men (140,000), Masters of Sex (143,000), SBS World News (106,000) and Thai Street Food (63,000).
7TWO’s A Touch of Frost topped multichannels at 285,000.
Seven News at 4:30: 244,000
Seven News at 4: 221,000
Nine’s Afternoon News: 217,000
Nine News Now: 119,000
ABC Early Edition: 108,000
The Daily Edition: 98,000
OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 16 October 2014