Gruen’s brilliant blend scores for ABC


Want to know how to be informative and entertaining at the same time? Look no further than Gruen, last night tackling campaigns against domestic violence with an intelligent, sometimes powerful, segment about the attitudes of teens and children. Despite moving advertisements, there was not always agreement on their effectiveness, yet applause from the audience for more work to be done within the community. You can’t manufacture this stuff, Gruen is pitch perfect.

The show drew 902,000 viewers for ABC, winning the timeslot and finishing as the top entertainment show of the night. It also gave The Ex-PM‘s first episode a great lead in, it finished with 803,000.

The Bachelorette topped the demos for TEN with 879,000 down slightly from last week’s 918,000, but pipped by Highway Patrol at 883,000.

Seven and Nine battled it out for shares as Celebrity Apprentice draws its best audience this season on 643,000. In the end just 0.1% split the two networks.

Nine network won with 27.0% then Seven 26.9%, TEN 21.2%, ABC 18.7% and SBS 6.3%.

Nine News (944,000 / 934,000) led for Nine then A Current Affair (877,000), The Block (872,000), Celebrity Apprentice (643,000), Hot Seat (475,000). Extreme Phobias: Dogs was 275,000.

Seven News (948,000 / 903,000) topped the night for Seven. Next were Highway Patrol (883,000), Border Security (860,000), Home and Away (786,000), The Blacklist (566,000), The Chase (565,000 / 400,000) and The Player (339,000). Heroes Reborn was 132,000.

The Bachelorette was best for TEN with 879,000. The Project was 561,000 / 427,000, Madam Secretary was 503,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 489,000 and The Good Wife was 306,000.

Gruen (902,000) topped ABC’s night followed by ABC News (814,000), The Ex-PM (803,000), 7:30 (756,000), How Not to Behave (520,000) and Sammy J and Randy in Rickett’s Lane (316,000).

Great Continental Railway Journeys (302,000) was best on SBS then The Principal (279,000), SBS World News (126,000) and The Company You Keep (85,000).

7TWO’s Rosemary and Thyme topped multichannels at 243,000.

Sunrise: 335,000
Today: 296,000
ABC News Breakfast: 109,000 / 49,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 14 October 2015


  1. Wednesday for me are the best night of tv but also the most hectic pvr alot of things madam Secretary to major crimes to the player which im enjoying to the good wife and the mentalist. No room for gruen have to watch tonight on abc2.

  2. Gruen is fantastic every week. Brilliant show. Its everything ‘The Verdict” is not. I know they’re different types of shows but perfect example of how to conduct a decent panel discussion show thats relevant and informative. Well done ABC, keep it up and you’ll be the only FTA channel I’ll watch!

  3. Secret Squïrrel

    Yes, great episode of Gruen last night. The commercial networks could never make something like that.

    Watched The Ex-PM and mostly enjoyed it. Started off a little awkwardly, bit like a university comedy revue but seemed to find it’s feet later on. Will give it a few eps to properly settle in.

    Nicki Wendt actually looks like she could be Kate Jenkinson’s mother (or older sister), striking resemblance. And there were probably enough broad Aussie accents to keep Screen Australia happy.

    • I agree about the two actresses as mother and daughter, at times I had trouble telling them apart. Overall I liked it, can see lots of potential. I loved the joke with the fridge repairman, that was lol. Only quibble was the almost sex scene, it didn’t sit well with the rest of the ep, imo.

      Also watched Sammy J and Randy, hilarious in a broad silly way. Some of the little jokes were great like the Albury Wodonga road sign. It was noticeable that they are limited by Randy’s lack of a lower body in the way some scenes were shot. But overall I really enjoyed it. Who knew filling out a census could be so funny.

      • Secret Squïrrel

        Oh, yeah. Enjoyed Rickets Lane too, thought it was really well written and put together. Sure, the humour was quite broad at times but the writing was really tight and they had clearly spent a lot of time honing it.

  4. Religiously watch Wednesday night ABC, have loved Gruen in all its incarnations but last nights episode would have to be one of the best. Very entertaining yet still managed to tackle serious topics with credibility.

    • It’s really a great show! I’m so glad it’s back on air. Could you imagine how different that nuanced and sensitive discussion about domestic violence would’ve been if it was done by ‘some of Australia’s greatest minds’ on The Verdict haha

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