Today scores 2016 high. Long Lost Family, Luke Warm Sex down.

Ratings: Luke McGregor's awkward joke may have climaxed too early. Seven wins in primetime.


There were big viewing audiences yesterday in breakfast TV, probably due to several news topics.

Normally a number like 342,000 for Sunrise would see smiles all round, and while it’s a very good number for that time of day, it still wasn’t enough to topple Today on 364,000 -its biggest audience of the year.

While Sunrise is nabbing occasional wins over its rival, it is yet to win a ratings week outright this year, although there was one tie.

Thankfully in primetime Seven had few concerns, with MKR up on last Wednesday.

TEN’s Long Lost Family dipped once again while ABC’s Luke Warm Sex took a big slide, down from 448,00 to just 303,000. Elsewhere SBS had a pretty good night.

Seven network won with 34.4% then Nine 24.2%, ABC 16.8%, TEN 16.1% and SBS 8.5%.

My Kitchen Rules was #1 with 1.35m for Seven then Seven News (1.08m / 1.02m), Home and Away (776,000), The Chase (639,000 / 424,000) and Australian Swimming Championships (485,000).

Nine News (1.02m / 964,000) was best for Nine followed by A Current Affair (919,000), The Big Bang Theory (872,000 / 763,000), Hot Seat (605,000), The Secret Life of the Zoo (227,000 in 3 cities), The Footy Show (194,000 in 2 cities) and Animal Rescue Thailand (141,000 in 3 cities).

ABC News (843,000) led for ABC then 7:30 (603,000), The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (560,0000), Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery (554,000), Antiques Roadshow (316,000), Luke Warm Sex (303,000) and Would I Lie to You? (250,000).

The Project (547,000 / 410,000) was best for TEN. TEN Eyewitness News was 448,000, Long Lost Family was 401,000, Madam Secretary was 367,000 and The Good Wife was 232,000.

On SBS it was Indian Wedding Race (283,000), Vikings (243,000), The Story of China (216,000) and SBS World News (133,000).

ABC2’s Peter Rabbit drew 249,000 as best on multichannels.

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 13 April 2016

19 Responses

  1. When oh when will Ten replace their excruciating voiceover actors? They’ve had the same male and female on their promos for years now. I find it especially painful whenever she advertises a drama.

  2. It astounds me that Vikings is still getting better and better. Halfway into S4 and I think the writing is the best it’s ever been. Last night’s ep was really good despite a couple of deaths, one unexpected, one half-expected.

  3. Luke mcgreggor is in the josh Thomas category. A small minority think he is wonderful and can do know wrong. The rest of the population find him irritating or have no interest. This is reflected in the ratings of their shows. I don’t mind his character in utopia and he is not a main character anyway, but don’t like him at all when he plays ‘himself’ on panel shows.

    1. The whole of LWS is rather contrived. The producer admitted in an interview that she picked him because he was “network friendly” but “still compliant”. He pretends to have every sexual neurosis known to man (but not woman). Then they have some sexperts and crackpots dish out generic advice that you used to find in the lifestyle sections of the newspaper, and these days in blogs.

      It is definitely being stretched now. They should have just done one special.

        1. Yes, LWS is all becoming a bit too contrived and drawn out now.
          I like Luke and found the first few episodes entertaining but Luke’s “naïve, awkward self -effacing” shtick is now wearing a bit thin…

          1. Agree with all this. I actually stopped watching halfway through last week’s episode and haven’t returned to the recording, something I rarely do once I start a series. It doesn’t sound like yesterday’s episode is worth catching up on either.

    1. Their first ad break in Madam Secretary contained a community service announcement. Their second ad break had 1 ad, a newsbreak and several promos. The 2nd half (after MKR finished and the swimming started) was full of ads. They are obviously having trouble selling ads in it.

      But they have nothing better.

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