JonBenét doco is a breakout hit for Nine

Ratings: Concluding episode hooks viewers until the end, giving Nine a huge win and trouncing the competition, including ABC's Recognition debate.


Nine’s The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey has proven to be a surprise hit with its concluding episode lifting even higher than Part 1.

It was the highest rating show last night with 1.28m viewers, up on Monday’s 1.01m. The show topped the Demos and was trending at #1 on Twitter last night as it pointed the finger at 9 year old Burke Ramsey as a jealous sibling.

The success of the doco was bad news for 800 Words (592,000) and ABC’s doco with Andrew Bolt & Linda Burney Recognition: Yes or No (375,000). Offerings at 9:30pm were not even in the ballpark against the might of the JonBenét mystery.

Earlier in the night The Block won its timeslot, with Australian Survivor, Zumbo and 7:30 all scrambling for remaining places.

Seven News and ACA both won their slots, with Who Do You Think You Are? happily on par with last week for SBS.

Nine network easily won the night with 35.0% then Seven 25.8%, TEN 17.6%, ABC 14.6%, and SBS 7.0%.

The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey was #1 with 1.28m viewers for Nine followed by The Block (1.01m), Nine News (977,000 / 971,000), A Current Affair (969,000) and Hot Seat (547,000).

Seven News (1.06m / 1.05m) was best for Seven then Home and Away (757,000), Zumbo’s Just Desserts (688,000), The Chase (637,000 / 399,000) and 800 Words (592,000). Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA was just 199,000.

Australian Survivor drew 699,000 for TEN. The Project was 566,000 / 420,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 422,000, NCIS was 312,000, and NCIS: LA was just 162,000.

ABC News (777,000), 7:30 (639,000), Catalyst (578,000), Recognition: Yes or No (375,000) and Foreign Correspondent (306,000) comprised ABC’s night.

On SBS it was Who Do You Think You Are? (406,000), Insight (294,000), Dateline (132,000) and SBS World News (131,000).

Peter Rabbit hopped to the top of multichannels with 297,000.

The Morning Show: 130,000 / 84,000
Today Extra: 121,000 / 77,000
Studio 10: 83,000 / 57,000

OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 20 September 2016

12 Responses

  1. 800 Words was the #1 time shifted show last week adding 228,000 viewers, an increase of 36.9%, it was similar the week before. Nationally its pulling a total consolidated audience of 1.3 million plus. Viewers are still watching but on their own terms. The reality shows ( and Jon Benet) are the water-cooler shows these days and don’t tend to be time-shifted much at all. Viewing habits are changing rapidly with technology and delivery methods, drama is clearly affected by that more than other genres. All drama.

  2. I doubt Zombo’s Just Desserts will return in 2017……it’s little more than a bad imitation of Masterchef.
    Survivor? Well, thank goodness the merge is happening on Sunday night, I’m getting over one of the two tribes winning all of the immunity and reward challenges.

  3. To be fair, I think that Recognition was going to struggle no matter what was on Nine. Bolt is unpalatable to many people and the small cohort of his admirers are unlikely to watch the ABC for fear of being brainwashed into becoming communists.

    If anyone’s interested, I caught up on Tut last night. Or rather, I started to but stopped after 20 min. It’s awful. Unimaginative, uninteresting melodrama. It seemed as if the writers had just taken a trashy airport novel and plonked it into a script, complete with soap opera dialogue.

    A stark contrast to Versailles which has been very good so far.

    1. LOL re: first comment.
      Disappointing to hear about Tut, but thanks for the head’s up. I’d planned on waiting till I had all 3 eps on DVR and watching over 3 nights but considering I usually agree with your comments about TV shows, I’ll attempt to watch the first before the 3rd airs.

    1. Disagree completely. They ruined that episode with the promo the previous night – first episode of Oz Survivor I’ve managed to polish off within 20mins – once the Kate-Kristie conversation didn’t happen in the first 20 minutes, there wasn’t any point watching anything bar the votes as it was obvious who was going. If Vavau was winning immunity they wouldn’t randomly switch back for one conversation, when they didn’t show the potentially interesting Sanaapu discussion re: whom to send to tribal the night before, and the only reason Kate would have that conversation is to get the extra vote on Phoebe. How not to promo 101.

      1. So I wasn’t the only one who noticed & thought this. I actually said it out loud when the losing tribe had their biggest lead during the challenge. While it wasn’t a foregone conclusion, I thought it was a 80-90% chance. And when they headed to Tribal Council, I also thought Phoebe was a goner. I’d actually go one step further and say they shouldn’t have promo’d the merge for Sunday.

      2. Maybe I wasn’t paying as much attention and probably missed the promos as I was switching between the JonBenet doco? I was still impressed by Kristie standing up for herself. I’m only half invested in survivor but i thought phoebe was a chance at winning after all her power plays. Guess she blindsided me too 😉

  4. Zumbo has really hurt the lead in for 800 words. I don;t get how people would watch it one year and not come back the following year… if they enjoyed it, but is seems that many didn’t think it was worth watching a second season…

    1. I think it is just the fact that people don’t mind the show but don’t love the show, Viewers generally won’t change channels of it is on but gennerally won’t actively change channels to it if they are watching something else.

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