Breaking news drives ABC’s night
Ratings: Schedules in disarray ....but ABC finishes in second place, just 0.1% from claiming top spot.
It was a night of high drama, as it would have been in the offices of TV programmers making rolling decisions about whether to stick with scheduled programming, draw upon multichannels or dump earlier plans.
Today’s numbers are a bit of a hot mess in terms of knowing quite how the evening unfolded. They include figures for shows that did not air, and will be adjusted later, ran overtime or in some cases, were simulcast. Commercial networks largely stuck with their early evening schedules given the vote was not announced until after 9:30, but switched to late night news bulletins.
The best indicator of how viewers reacted is to look to the channel shares. They show a big surge for ABC, which finished in second place behind Seven -split by just 0.1%. ABC News 24, which was partly simulcast on the primary channel, scored a 6.1% share alone.
Yesterday was also the premiere of The Chase on Seven, which has been coded as two shows but enjoyed a good launch, while Sunrise‘s Dubai broadcast saw a big win over Today.
Seven network won with 27.6% then ABC 27.5%, Nine 24.6%, TEN 15.7% and SBS 4.5%.
The X Factor (1.22m) was best for Seven then Seven News (1.09m / 1.04m), Home and Away (778,000), The Chase (720,000 / 520,000) and What Really Happens in Thailand (633,000).
7:30 appears to have drawn its best numbers all year at 1.06m viewers. While not all shows aired, the numbers indicate ABC News (985,000), Media Watch (868,000), Australian Story (805,000), Four Corners (731,000) and Q & A (739,000).
Nine News (1.18m / 1.15m) led for Nine followed by A Current Affair (1.02m), The Block (891,000), House Husbands (748,000), Hot Seat (620,000) and Footy Classified (592,000).
TEN barely scraped into the Top 20 with TBL Families (685,000) and The Project (634,000 / 497,000). Have You Been Paying Attention? was 506,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 508,000 and NCIS: News Orleans was 258,000. The last ever Under The Dome ended with 102,000.
On SBS it was Is Binge Drinking Really That Bad? (249,000), Vaccines: Calling the Shots (194,000), SBS World News (162,000), and The Island with Bear Grylls (155,000).
Lateline topped the night on multichannels with a bumper 414,000 viewers on ABC News 24.
ABC News Breakfast: 113,000 / 45,000
OzTAM Overnights: Monday 14 September 2015