Nine had wanted to attract plenty of chatter about its new panel show, The Verdict. On that score it’s job done.
But most of the chatter is negative, with bad reviews and trending on social media with criticism of the Ben Elton variety. What it didn’t want was for the show to struggle in the ratings.
Last night it drew 522,000 viewers, third in its timeslot and down on its lead-in. Given the push the show received it might have landed higher. But it’s early days and Nine has four more editions yet to roll.
TEN’s Bachelorette won its timeslot with 855,000 while The Principal lifted by 3,000 on its first outing to pull 364,000 for SBS.
Nine network won with 28.3% then Seven 26.9%, TEN 21.9%, ABC 16.8% and SBS 6.2%.
Nine News (926,000 / 902,000) led for Nine then A Current Affair (886,000), The Block (721,000), Hot Seat (540,000), The Verdict (522,000) and Hoges: One Night Only (386,000).
Seven News (926,000 / 865,000) was best for Seven then Home and Away (705,000), Highway Patrol (698,000), The Chase (579,000 / 370,000) and Caught on Dashcam (572,000). The Amazing Race was 193,000.
The Bachelorette (855,000) won for TEN. The Project was 599,000 / 417,000, Gogglebox was 559,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 487,000 and Law and Order: SVU was 279,000.
ABC News (778,000), 7:30 (753,000), The Chaser’s Media Circus (609,000), Changing Minds (338,000), Antiques Roadshow (296,000) and The Honourable Woman (248,000) comprised ABC’s night.
On SBS The Principal drew 364,000, then Poh and Co. Best Bites (233,000), SBS World News (124,000), and Masters of Sex (89,000).
GO!’s Big Bang Theory led multichannels with 324,000.
OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 8 October 2015