Ashes delivers a whopping 14.2% share to GEM

Ratings: The Ashes gives GEM its second biggest share of all time, almost pipping Seven's primary channel.


Last night it was all about GEM.

The Ashes drew 782,000 / 440,000 on GEM with 505,000 for The Cricket Show. That sent GEM skyrocketing to a massive 14.2% share, just 0.4% short of Seven’s primary channel. It was the channel’s second-highest share of all time. It was also the third highest-rating multichannel programme of all time.

Elsewhere last night MasterChef topped the night and Glitch slipped in its second outing, presumably impacted by viewers having joined in its iview binge.

Nine Network was 33.5%, then Seven 23.3%, TEN 22.9%, ABC 14.6% and SBS 5.7%.

Nine News (1.07m / 1.04m) was best for Nine then A Current Affair (929,000), Inside Story (637,000), Hot Seat (621,000), The Footy Show (489,000) and Kings Cross ER (473,000).

Seven News (956,000 / 892,000) led for Seven then Home and Away (681,000), Million Dollar Minute (532,000) and Movie: Grown Ups 2 (414,000).

TEN’s MasterChef Australia (1.19m / 989,000) topped the night. The Project was 679,000 / 490,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 625,000, and Zoo is already 300,000.

ABC News (862,000)was best on ABC. 7:30 (607,000), The Checkout (525,000), Glitch (442,000), Antiques Roadshow (350,000) and Dirty Laundry Live (236,000) followed.

On SBS the final Luke Nguyen’s United Kingdom drew 192,000 then Shane Delia’s Spice Journey: Turkey (175,000), Tour de France (166,000) and SBS World News (165,000).

Sunrise: 329,000
Today: 283,000
ABC News Breakfast: 94,000 / 42,000

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 16 July 2015

9 Responses

  1. The drop in Glitch’s ratings is not unusual. A 20% drop after a heavily promoted pilot is typical for a drama. Catch-ups make up a small percentage of ratings -The ABC put it up all up on iview as an excuse for the poor ratings.

    But the main reason is that Glitch’s pilot was terrible. Plodding exposition, lame dialogue, uninteresting one dimensional characters, silly plotting where actions make little motivational sense and are explained with chunks of dialogue, dreadful acting and boring cinematography. The ABC put in the minimum amount of money and effort to get grant funding, and it made by a production company prepared to serve up any old tosh to make a profit.

    In episode 2 they finally started developing the characters and some sort of story rather than just the premise, but it’s too late by then. These days if a show doesn’t start off interesting people are doing…

  2. Wanted to like Zoo as it’s a great concept, but it’s just not keeping me interested. It would have worked better as a big, dumb popcorn movie rather than a long-form drama. It’s lackluster ratings would be a combo of simply not being very compelling and always starting about 20 minutes after the advertised time.

      1. Episode three finally brings all the principle humans together to combat the animal change of behaviour. Also it shows that the animals are willing to recruit humans to their side.

        The problem lies with the promotion of the show, where is the bear attacking the granny.

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