Same same but different Wednesday


Never mind growing your numbers. In this era of fragmenting audiences, it’s a win for programmers to simply hold an audience from one week to the next.

Last night there was no change (unless you count 1,000 viewers) for MasterChef and House Rules from last Wednesday.

MasterChef won its slot with 965,000 viewers bang on for both weeks. House Rules had 786,000 last week and 787,000 last night.

Big Bang Theory shifted only slightly from 764,000 last week to 753,000 for its debut episode. Meanwhile Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth continue to get a raw deal from later Nine programming due to NRL commitments.

Mad as Hell dipped in week two but Eddie Perfect’s sitcom pilot lifted the timeslot based on last week’s offering.

Seven network won Wednesday with 30.2%, Nine 24.3%, TEN 21.3%, ABC 17.3% and SBS 6.9%.

Seven News was #1 with 1.06m / 1.01m for Seven followed by Home and Away (805,000), House Rules (787,000) and The Chase (673,000 / 430,000). In preliminary figures Criminal Minds was 339,000 in 2 cities -but Seven advises it suffered a coding error and will be adjusted to 621,000 / 452,000. Blindspot was just 166,000.

Nine was under the magic million -literally- with Nine News at 999,000 / 954,000, A Current Affair (887,000), The Big Bang Theory (753,000 / 640,000) and Hot Seat (577,000). The Footy Show was 224,000 in 2 cities. The Secret Life of the Zoo was 319,000 in 3 cities, while something called 41 Dogs in My Home (seriously) drew just 136,000 in 3 cities.

Masterchef won its slot with 965,000 viewers for TEN. The Project was 675,000 / 480,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 561,000 and Madam Secretary was 389,000 / 255,000.

ABC News (767,000), 7:30 (625,000), Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell (625,000), QI (490,000), The Future is Expensive (415,000), Antiques Roadshow (332,000) and Would I Lie to You? (322,000) comprised ABC’s night.

On SBS it was 24 Hours in Emergency (306,000), The Story of China (250,000), Bosch (144,000) and SBS World News (139,000).

7TWO’s Lewis ranked best on multichannels at 290,000.

Today: 354,000
Sunrise: 323,000
ABC News Breakfast: 88,000 / 49,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 18 May 2016



  1. So wish we had a US style of ratings where content between 7.30 and 10.30 say only counted towards ratings – we would have so much better quality programming for all three of those hours whereas as it stands now nights can be won by a network just by having decent news figures and not much else on afterwoods – news and current affairs occupy most of the top 10.

  2. It’s seriously like Nine isn’t bothering after 8:30pm anymore. At least Seven and Ten are still running (mostly) new US dramas and quality shows – but 41 Dogs In My House? Where are they buying all these odd lifestyle shows from?

    • I have noted before that Nine doesn’t have much local content after 9pm on many nights any more. On Wednesdays the problem becomes even more exacerbated when NRL takes priority in two states. Sadly it means the rest of the country gets filler rubbish. It’s not ideal.

  3. Haven’t been a big fan of Eddie Perfect to date but really enjoyed The Future is Expensive Last Night.
    Was really funny in parts and could definitely sustain a whole series. The kid’s playground scene was especially funny – the whingeing mum deserved what she got.
    Neck and neck with Ronny’s international Student so far.

  4. Secret Squïrrel

    Micallef was on fire last night and I quite enjoyed Eddie Perfect’s comedy pilot. For me it was the best of the lot so far. Bosch was good too (somehow, despite all the clichés).

    House Rules up from 786,000 last week to 787,000 last night? Waiting for someone to cheer/gloat about this and predict that it’ll be nearly a million next week.

  5. mateo_mathieu

    The second episode of Criminal Minds was a repeat, yet they played it before a new Blindspot episode? Like really? Poor form by Channel 7.

  6. Last year I watched 1-3 eps a week of masterchef. This year I’ve watched 20 mins. I just don’t want to watch reality tv anymore even the better ones.

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