The show was notable for its squealy teen hecklers, several bored boyband members, and Tracy Grimshaw telling them they were now a ‘man-band.’ Riiiiight.
Not even the 16-39 year old demos came to the aid of the show. It also proved to be bad timing given the big news of the day, the death of cricketer Phillip Hughes, went unacknowledged.
But ACA was not Nine’s only problem last night. Hijacking old shows from GEM and trialling them on the main channel was also a disaster: New Tricks was just 348,000 and Midsomer Murders a dismal 193,000.
Meanwhile Seven’s Beauty and the Geek finale bowed out with 560,000 / 548,000 -probably not enough to win a renewal.
Seven network won another night with 29.1% then Nine 26.0%, TEN 20.5%, ABC 18.8% and SBS 5.7%.
Seven News (989,000 / 943,000) was best for Seven then Home and Away (877,000), Beauty and the Geek (560,000 / 548,000) and Million Dollar Minute (488,000). The Happenings was 290,000.
Nine News (1.1m / 962,000) was best for Nine then King’s Cross ER (620,000), A Current Affair (547,000) and Hot Seat (540,000).
TEN Eyewitness News (616,000) was best on TEN. The Project scored 566,000 / 386,000, Madam Secretary was 560,000, Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas was 517,000, Law and Order: SVU (391,000).
ABC News surged as a result of ACA‘s fail at 879,000 viewers. 7:30 (739,000) was also strong. Catalyst followed with 664,000 then Upper Middle Bogan (596,000) won its slot, It’s a Date (431,000), QI (386,000) and The Midwives (254,000).
Made in Italy with Silvia Colloca premiered to 250,000 for SBS ONE followed by Heston’s Feasts (195,000), Gourmet Farmer (170,000), Vikings (139,000), SBS World News (114,000). Thai Street Food was 67,000.
GO’s Auction Hunters led multichannels at 312,000.
Nine’s Afternoon News: 348,000
Nine News Now: 201,000
ABC News Early Edition: 139,000
Seven News at 4: 97,000 in 3 cities
Seven News at 4:30: 83,000 in 2 cities
OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 27 November