There was a lesson for TV programmers in last night’s ratings results: viewers want Comedy.
An excellent 773,000 viewers tuning into ABC’s doco Stop Laughing This is Serious at 9pm tells us they are nostalgic for classic Aussie comedy -a genre commercial networks have been avoiding like the plague.
Meanwhile Million Dollar Minute was up to 696,000 viewers, pushing Hot Seat‘s 485,000 viewers into third place behind TEN Eyewitness News 544,000. It has helped Seven News defeat Nine News all week. Last night it won in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, trailing in Sydney by just 2,000 and in Melbourne by 34,000.
Seven network share was out in front on 37.0% then Nine 25.4%, ABC 17.8%, TEN 14.3% and SBS 5.4%.
My Kitchen Rules was again #1 at 1.52m viewers for Seven then Seven News (1.11m / 1.00m), Home and Away (842,000), Million Dollar Minute (696,000) and Movie: Fast & Furious 6 (520,000).
Nine News was 920,000 / 894,000 for Nine followed by The Block (885,000), A Current Affair (836,000), Forever (525,000 / 390,000) and Hot Seat (485,000).
ABC News was 795,000. Following Stop Laughing This is Serious (773,000) was Mad as Hell (641,000), 7:30 (613,000) and QI (540,000).
It was a tough night for TEN unable to rise above TEN Eyewitness News (544,000). The Project was 520,000 / 399,000, David Attenborough’s Birds of Paradise was 381,000, Wonderland was down to 368,000 and The Good Wife was 218,000.
On SBS ONE it was Walking Through History (271,000), The Missing Evidence (265,000), SBS World News (124,000) and Witnesses (75,000).
A new multichannel champ was 7mate’s Baggage Battles (271,000).
ABC News Breakfast: 89,000 / 43,000
OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 25 March 2015