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Modest lift for SBS but ABC fails with Asian Cup “friendly”

Ratings: 433,000 tune in for First Contact on SBS but just 291,000 for the Asian Cup 'friendly' on ABC.

2014-11-19_1029First Contact, the bold Indigenous experiment by SBS last night lifted the broadcaster with an audience of 433,000 on SBS ONE. While it didn’t match the 752,000 of Go Back to Where You Came From, it was still an increase on the broadcaster’s timeslot.

ABC did not fare so well with its “friendly” outing for the Asian Cup at just 291,000 from 9pm. The reality is it lost much of its audience by 8:30pm when 293,000 were watching a Family Confidential repeat.

The night went to Seven Network with a 28.8% share then Nine 26.8%, TEN 20.8%, ABC 16.2% and SBS 7.3%.

Seven News was 965,000 / 928,000 for Seven then Dancing with the Stars (908,000), Home and Away (830,000), Mrs. Brown’s Boys (475,000) and Million Dollar Minute (468,000). Scandal was 166,000.

Nine News was 968,000 / 958,000 for Nine followed by A Current Affair (809,000), David Attenborough’s Life (643,000), Big Brother (525,000), and Hot Seat (524,000). Big Bang was 214,000 / 203,000 and Arrow was 98,000.

NCIS was 674,000 for TEN, NCIS: LA was 563,000 / 352,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 548,000, The Project was 529,000 / 373,000, and Recipe to Riches was 466,000 on TEN.

ABC News (782,000) was best for ABC then 7:30 (637,000), Kitchen Cabinet (468,000), Family Confidential (293,000) and Football International (291,000) -last in its slot.

First Contact was fourth in its timeslot on 433,000 /26,000 for SBS. Secrets of Britain was 280,000 then Dateline (156,000) and SBS World News (118,000).

Big Bang was best on multichannels at 325,000.

The Morning Show: 150,000 / 90,000
Mornings: 112,000
Studio 10:  36,000 / 20,000

OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 18 November 2014

16 Responses

  1. Guys, Studio 10 pays for itself. That’s why they have about 4 advertorials before 9.30am. On the other end of the day, I hope Tarsh fills in for Carrie on the project next year! No bad feelings to Carrie, but she is a breath of fresh air. No giggling.

  2. Then again First Contact was also screened on NITV at 830 and SBS2 at 930 something which I don’t think happened with GBTWYCF. Of course the increase wouldn’t be much but there would be some.

  3. @oceanographer
    The FFA was trying to rebuild the national team, get to the World Cup and start the A-league. And exclusive deal with Foxsports was the only way they could fund that.

    Now that that’s done they have gotten more soccer back on FTA.

    Away Friendlies never rate well, especially mid week and running till 11:30pm. Numbers will improve for Australia’s cup games. Especially if we can play for more than 45 minutes.

  4. I’m not surprised for the low figure for Japan – Australia game. It was the first live Friendly match on free-to-air in 8 years so I’m thinking a lot of people were expecting the match to be screened only on Fox Sports. The FFA have really messed around with Socceroo games for years – giving exclusivity to foxsports, putting world cup qualifying games on 1 or 2 hour delays on free to air – its a bloody joke the way they have treated football fans who don’t have pay tv. I’m pretty the anti-siphoning list was in place to stop this sort of thing from happening both political parties don’t have the foresight or any interest in the sport to add Socceroo matches to that list. And now they want people to jump on the bandwagon for the Asian Cup. The way the Socceroos are playing and group Socceroo matches being on 2 hours delay on the ABC is just weak.

  5. Sad numbers for Arrow. I guess it’s one of those serials that viewers need to follow week to week, and (personally) I gave up when it continually moved timeslots on 9.
    It’s a boxset/online viewing title for me.

  6. Extremely low figures for Studio 10 yesterday, I think its more of a reflection of the ratings system in Australia then actual viewers turning off/tuning in. I think Sandra Sully is doing a stellar job filling in, much prefer her presenting this style of program then the serious news personally. Tarsh will be a great fill-in for the rest of the month while Sarah is away with Shark Tank commitments.

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