Australian Story, Block score but Seven wins Monday

Ratings: ABC's Garry McDonald profile wins its timeslot, and Big Bang Theory is already adding to 7mate.


For the end of a long weekend, in at least 3 states, Monday was not a particularly high-rating night. Normally we might expect much higher figures than the 1.09m reached last night.

But the break from routine may have had some impact on the numbers, with Australian Story‘s profile on Garry McDonald proving to be the top rating non-news show of the night, at 1.05m viewers.

The Block also beat X Factor both in Total People and demos -perhaps the latter’s average was affected by its duration, not wrapping until 10pm.

Interestingly, 7mate’s Big Bang has taken no time to grab interest. GO’s head to hear 7pm edition (148,000) outranked 7mate’s (109,000) but then 7mate lifted to 204,000 and 217,000 for further outings.

Homeland made a modest return for TEN unable to hold the lead in from Have You Been Paying Attention?

Seven network won with 30.1% then Nine 27.3%, ABC 20.1%, TEN 17.2% and SBS 5.3%.

Seven News (1.09m / 1.02m) topped Seven’s night followed by The X Factor (948,000), Home and Away (752,000), The Chase (628,000 / 447,000) and What Really Happens in Thailand? (474,000). How to Get Away with Murder was just 157,000.

Nine News (1.07m / 1.06m) led for Nine then The Block (1.02m), A Current Affair (969,000), House Husbands (690,000), Hot Seat (581,000) and CSI (349,000 / 196,000).

Australian Story (1.05m) won its timeslot for ABC then 7:30 (910,000), ABC News (866,000), Four Corners (746,000), Media Watch (656,000) and Q & A (531,000).

The Project (620,000 / 445,000) was best for TEN. Have You Been Paying Attention? was 578,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 558,000, TBL Families was 531,000 and Homeland was just 208,000.

On SBS it was The Wonder of Dogs (254,000), Cats Uncovered (146,000), Hunters of the South Seas (146,000) and SBS World News (130,000).

7TWO’s A Touch of Frost led multichannels with 294,000.

Sunrise: 309,000
Today: 291,000
ABC News Breakfast: 90,000 / 45,000

OzTAM Overnights: Monday 5 October 2015

24 Responses

  1. just thinking that since Homeland rates well in the US that a lot of people hear must watch it as well, much more then 200,000, I’m sure many people are getting it from torrent sites instead, with it being fast tracked there should be no excuse for downloading it.

  2. When I get home from work I set reminders on the EPG on the TV and unless the show before it is really live the reminders are about 90% accurate. If you believed The Green Guide or The Herald Sun for program times (or even correct programs) you’d be missing out on half your viewing. e.g. The Blacklist is on at 8.30PM on Thursday while all the guides have it on at 9.30PM.

  3. Went to watch Homeland on Ten as I said I would. Gave it until 9:40 and then switched off. If Ten can’t be bothered to start a program when they say they will then I can’t be bothered to watch programs on their network.

        1. Nope, I havent seen a single ad for it. Seven have given up on this show, just like they gave up on Scandal and Once Upon A Time, which are now over a year behind the US airdates.

  4. Considering half of last night’s Australian Story was a re-edit from another 13 years ago, it rated incredibly! It is great that people are still fascinated by Garry. I am. I feel very lucky i got to meet and work with him a long time ago, but it was one of my career’s highlights. He is a national treasure. Good to see many local shows holding their own, ratings wise.

        1. Right… With X Factor overrun the show didn’t start until 11 Pm. Same with Homeland which didn’t start until 9:45 Pm because of Biggest Loser overrrun. And networks wonder why people download and aren’t watching as much TV live. I don’t know when the last time was that I sat down to watching live on free to air tv was, it’s either DVR’d or obtained by other means.

          1. I’ve said this before and I’m going to say it again, what 7 should’ve done is had a shonda night on 7two and aired greys, htgawm and scandal instead of these not airing or being on very late at night.
            2 eps of greys has already aired in the USA and no sign of it here and its supposedly being fast tracked.
            Scandal is a season behind.
            Did anyone know that htgawm was on cause I didn’t see any promos on 7 and 11pm ish seems awfully late.
            7 will continue putting their heads in the sand and treating these shows and their viewers like rubbish.

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