Modest start for Spelling Bee, Nine wins Sunday.
Ratings: Spelling Bee will take time to build in its new timeslot, but MasterChef won for TEN.
It’s going to take some time to build The Great Australian Spelling Bee after a modest launch of 456,000 viewers last night, third in its timeslot.
Strictly speaking the show was down 52% on its 2015 debut, but TEN has sought to find a more family friendly timeslot this year after a 7:30pm slot last year against cooking shows on rival networks. TEN fared better with MasterChef which won its slot and led the Demos.
Meanwhile Nine News and 60 Minutes were both ahead of Seven counterparts.
Barracuda slipped in its second week, down from 514,000 to 448,000 -but the show has also been available in full on iview.
Nine network won Sunday with a 29.0% share then Seven 28.9%, TEN 20.0%, ABC 14.6% and SBS 7.5%.
Nine News was #1 with 1.28m for Nine then 60 Minutes (932,000), David Attenborough’s The Hunt (514,000) and movie: Edge of Tomorrow (426,000).
Seven News (1.2m) led for Seven then Sunday Night (758,000), Border Security (705,000) and Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America (563,000). Bones was 305,000 / 182,000 in 4 cities.
MasterChef Australia (1.12m) was best for TEN. The Great Australian Spelling Bee was 456,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 371,000 and movie: Anchorman 2 was 255,000.
ABC News drew 688,000 for ABC followed by Grand Designs NZ (595,000) and Barracuda (448,000). Stop Laughing This is Serious was 267,000 and Compass was 266,000.
On SBS it was Rome: Empire Without Limit (246,000), Tour de France (185,000), SBS World News (176,000) and Grand Tours of Scotland (120,000).
ABC2’s Charlie and Lola (233,00) was best on multichannels.
OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 17 July 2016