Top Gear switch-off hits Nine


Last night Free to Air viewers voted with their remotes on the revamped Top Gear, giving failed host Chris Evans a wide berth, on Nine.

The show only aired in 2 cities, but to get an idea of its performance A Current Affair was #1 in Sydney on 273,000 viewers. When Top Gear followed it plummeted to 94,000 -fourth in its slot. By comparison MasterChef (290,000), Border Security (245,000) and 7:30 (223,000) trounced it in the Sydney market. No doubt die-hard fans had already seen the show on Pay TV and the rest had heard the bad news already.

As a result, TEN again pushed Nine into third place with MasterChef topping the night.

Seven didn’t win any early evening timeslots but still came out on top, including on primary channels.

Seven network won with 27.2% then TEN 24.1%, Nine 23.6%, ABC 17.3% and SBS 7.8%.

Seven News (1.05m / 944,000) was best for Seven then The Force (775,000), Border Security (767,000), Home and Away (729,000), The Chase (681,000 / 456,000) and Criminal Minds (626,000 / 554,000).

MasterChef Australia was #1 with 1.19m then Offspring 845,000. The Project was 721,000 / 442,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 505,000 and Madam Secretary was 187,000.

Nine News was 1.11m / 1.04m for Nine then A Current Affair (835,000), Hot Seat (592,000), RBT was 293,000 in 3 cities, The Footy Show was 170,000 in 2 cities and Top Gear was 161,000 in 2 cities.

ABC News (785,000) topped ABC’s night followed by 7:30 (672,000), Mad as Hell (655,000), QI (530,000) Catherine Tate’s Nan (317,000), Antiques Roadshow (317,000) and Adam Hills: The Last Leg (275,000).

On SBS it was Byzantium: The Tale of Three Cities (245,000), Tour de France (206,000), Caged and SBS World News were both 121,000.

Peppa Pig (289,000) topped multichannels once again.

Sunrise: 331,000
Today: 330,000
ABC News Breakfast: 105,000 / 51,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 20 July 2016


  1. Given the low results for Top Gear – wonder if they will leave it to air in AFL states tonight or replace with Big Bang repeats!

    Honestly – what were Nine thinking with Top Gear – at our house we thought they were advertising the wrong channel – expecting it to air on GO! Pretty bad when your main channel is looking more like GO!

    It would have had to have aired within a day of the UK to attract viewers.

    A long way from the days when that show would pull a million – even back in the SBS days it was huge.

  2. Good numbers for Offspring, hopefully we don’t have another repeat tonight and get to see the scheduled two episodes of SVU and one episode of Blue Bloods.

  3. Secret Squïrrel

    Nine stuffed Top Gear with their scheduling shenanigans when Clarkson, Hammond, and May were still there. Shot themselves in the foot, reloaded, and shot their other foot.

  4. Southern Cross must be starting to wonder what they are paying 50% for. Hot Seat was Nine’s top non-news/caff program? Wow, what would Kerry do? As I read the Ratings page, excluding news/caff progs, ABC had 4, Seven had 6, TEN had 4 and Nine had 1 program in the Top 20.
    TEN would be happy with 6pm-10pm results.

  5. Nine do know we’re in a ratings period right? They’re schedule of late looks more like summer non-ratings to me! They’re running dead before the Olympics even start.

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