Live Oscars lift but Seven wins primetime


Monday’s Oscars broadcast will not go down as one of the most memorable, overwhelmed by controversy and political causes that got in the way of celebrating a year of celluloid. Yes a lack of diversity needed to be acknowledged, but the politics was overkill and in the US ratings fell to a near all-time low.

In Australia the Live broadcast numbers were 398,000 Live (late night repeat was 243,000) up on 2015’s 361,000 (248,000 repeat). At least for Australia it will go down as our biggest haul ever thanks to the craft wizards at Mad Max. Bravo.

Meanwhile 7flix is off to a sluggish start, drawing a mere 0.7% share -on par with SBS2- with You Me and Dupree (31,000) and Once Upon a Time (25,000) its best titles last night.

That didn’t stop Seven network from another convincing win with 32.0% then Nine 24.7%, ABC 19.8%, TEN 19.1% and SBS 4.3%.

My Kitchen Rules (1.47m) was best for Seven the Seven News (1.01m / 965,000), Home and Away (887,000), Downton Abbey (813,000) and The Chase (623,000 / 354,000).

Nine News (1.01m / 954,000) led for Nine followed by A Current Affair (883,000), Australia’s Got Talent (657,000), Hot Seat (580,000) and The Farmer Wants a Wife (496,000). The Academy Awards drew

ABC News (885,000) was best for ABC then Australian Story (799,000), 7:30 (794,000), Media Watch (582,000), Four Corners (564,000) and Q & A (551,000 / 61,000).

I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here was 713,000 on TEN. The Project was 599,000 / 466,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 508,000 and CSI Cyber was 416,000 / 290,000.

On SBS it was Trawlermen (158,000), Michel Mosley: Don’t Worry Be Happy (157,000), SBS World News (99,000) and Bear Grylls: Mission Survive (94,000).

Shaun the Sheep topped multichannels but missed an Oscar win with 227,000.

Sunrise: 327,000
Today: 313,000
ABC News Breakfast: 100,000 / 43,000

OzTAM Overnights: Monday 29 February 2016


  1. I wonder if there was any sort of crisis meeting at 7 HQ today to address the figures for 7Flix? I imagine this poses a dilemma for their programmers

  2. npstanley80

    I Would watch some of the shows on 7Flix but Tasmania is being robbed of any chance of seeing the channel at the moment hope it comes soon

  3. Wonder if the poor ratings for 7flix is due to the fact that so many people are having trouble with the access to the channel, some seem to have a picture and no sound and some have sound with no picture and some cant get the it at all, I don’t have trouble with one of my TV’s but cannot get it on the other one, lets hope that channel 7 can fix the problem soon otherwise they will need to-think the channel.

  4. I hated the Oscars.
    The host just wasn’t funny, pretty much all the jokes were cringe level humour.

    I wish they’d just stick to, well, the awards.

  5. Completely agree with you re: the politics being overkilled in the Oscars Ceremony. I get that it needed to be acknowledged, absolutely. But it didn’t need to be the focus of every single joke all night. We do drinking rules every year, and one of the suggestions from a few websites was when Chris Rock referenced the controversy. That rule had to be retired by halfway through the monologue because we were getting a little too hammered too quickly!! (as we work the next day we don’t do shots, we just sip wine. I was through a glass in literally five minutes…).

  6. I can’t work out why anyone watches The Farmer wants a wife…we watched it a few years ago when our son-in-law’s brother was on it and he and his now wife were the only reason we kept watching…it’s terrible !

    • Ouch for Once Upon a time on 7flix. Then again, going up against MKR and staying primetime eps from season 4 is tough work. I hope (but don’t expect) Seven to stick it out.

    • Who can get it?? re-tuned last night, nothing. I can get the new 9life finally but with little to no regional viewers you cant possibly get ratings. I wish Q & A last night rated higher, a very good episode with very strong topics & point of views, but I guess a dancing dog on AGT or a whiney group of ‘cooks’ appeal to the masses more…(yes I know they are different time slots)

  7. Outside of the Oscars, not sure whether Nine would be happy. A fall for Farmer, and a lacklustre performance for AGT since it began.

      • Indeed. Shocking judges this year putting through lame acts then abandoning them in the semis when they prove to be one trick ponies. Even Dicko has been rolling his eyes at the selections.

      • Yes, sure was.
        Hasn’t Eric the dog been around for yonks?
        I vaguely remember him from some TV show years ago.

        He is amusing for 5 minutes but the novelty wears off pretty quickly.
        Very sad that a “has been” robot dog gets chosen to go through to the Final over genuine talent but I guess the genuine talent has been pretty slim pickings this year.
        Dicko looked positively embarrassed at the decision.

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