In Melbourne they just couldn’t get enough of Rebecca Maddern last night.
The debut of the new Footy Show presenter was the #1 show in town where 425,000 made it the best number for the show in 6 years (excluding Grand Final editions). Nationally it scored 582,000 in 3 AFL-leaning cities and helped Nine to win the night.
Maddern gave as good as she got last night from her new colleagues, showing plenty of knowledge about the game and overcoming some early nerves by the end of the night. On social media there was some division over her casting -not unexpected with the show’s rusted-on audience.
But there were also other returning shows last night. Gogglebox won its timeslot for TEN with 629,000. Topping two demos it was also the best on TEN all evening. My France with Manu managed a win in its timeslot with 713,000 for Seven while the return of The Checkout pulled 653,000 for ABC.
Nine network won with 31.4% then Seven 25.5%, ABC 18.3%, TEN 17.8% and SBS 7.1%.
Nine News drew 954,000 / 941,000 for Nine then A Current Affair (870,000), The Footy Show (582,000 in 3 cities), Hot Seat (552,000), NRL Thursday (486,000 in 2 cities) and RBT (392,000 in 3 cities).
Seven News was #1 for Seven on 1.00m / 917,000 then My France with Manu (713,000), Home and Away (709,000), The Chase (607,000 / 419,000) and Australian Swimming Championships (350,000 in 4 cities).
ABC News (824,000) was best for ABC then 7:30 (662,000), The Checkout (653,000), Janet King (608,000), Antiques Roadshow (285,000) and Utopia (268,000).
Gogglebox was best for TEN with 629,000. Modern Family was 565,000 / 526,000, The Project was 502,000 / 384,000 and Law and Order: SVU was 360,000.
On SBS it was Inside Heston’s World (218,000), Gourmet Farmer (180,000), Destination Flavour Scandinavia (170,000), SBS World News (125,000) and The Last Panthers (87,000).
Peter Rabbit hopped to the top of multichannels with 219,000.
OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 7 April 2016