ABC News 24 lifts as US election draws viewers

Ratings: ABC News 24 scores a 5.2% share in primetime. Doctor Doctor well ahead of The Wrong Girl.


Much of the afternoon TV scheduling, and into early evening, was thrown into disarray yesterday as the US Presidential election results took precedence. Unsurprisingly News reports dominated the night with Seven News on top with 1.18m / 1.07m viewers.

But after 7:30pm as normal programming began resuming ABC’s 7:30 won its slot with 779,000 viewers. Overall ABC News 24 saw a rise, enjoying a 5.2% share -and that’s just from 6pm.

By 8:30pm Doctor Doctor was back on top with 707,000 viewers, again leaving TEN’s Wrong Girl far behind on 444,000.

The return of Please Like Me managed third in its slot with 245,000, poignantly ahead of Madam Secretary which may now have a complicated future in the US.

Nine led in primary channels but Seven network won the night with 28.0% followed by Nine (27.2%), ABC (20.7%), TEN (16.8%) and SBS (7.4%).

Seven News was #1 with 1.18m / 1.07m for Seven then Home and Away (818,000), Highway Patrol (727,000), Beach Cops (668,000), The Chase (620,000 / 479,000), Surveillance Oz (547,000) and Ramsay’s Hotel Hell (386,000).

Nine News (1.07m / 1.03m) led for Nine then A Current Affair (851,000), Doctor Doctor (707,000), RBT (594,000), Hot Seat (563,000).

ABC News (845,000), 7:30 (779,000), Hard Quiz (592,000), Upper Middle Bogan (484,000), Rosehaven (450,000) and The Drum (305,000) comprised ABC’s night. Please Like Me returned with 245,000.

The Project (533,000 / 411,000) led for TEN. TEN Eyewitness News was 507,000. Jamie’s Super Food Family Classics was 457,000 and The Wrong Girl was 444,000. Madam Secretary was 238,000.

On SBS it was Tutankhamun (217,000), India: Nature’s Wonderland (203,000), 24 Hours in Emergency (194,000) and SBS World News (153,000).

7TWO’s Doc Martin (240,000) topped multichannels.

Nine News special: 344,000 PM / 175,000
USA Votes (ABC News 24): 230,000 / 223,000 / 204,000
US Presidential Election (Seven): 217,000
USA Votes (ABC): 119,000
Studio 10 Election Coverage: 88,000
SBS World News special: 34,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 8 November 2016

22 Responses

  1. Hi David, do you know or have any idea what Studio’s Ten ratings are for. The whole morning/afternoon average including the states it stayed live for when the other states went to Ten Eyewitness News, or a particular portion in all states? I guess at times like this it’s hard to get a good gage on numbers as going live is in different timeslots across the country

  2. My favourite current double last night – Rosehaven followed by the return of Please Like Me.
    Love these low key type of shows.
    So good to see PLM back again.
    Such a wonderful cast – Gina Riley in particular was in fine form last night.

    1. Terrible gremlins hit 9 news in Melbourne last night. Peter Hitchener was left very embarrassed looking as the leading stories never worked and the lights even dimmed. Normally this wouldn’t faze me but due to the Trump story I switched over to Seven.

  3. 7News in Adelaide (6pm bulletin) quickly cut live to Trumps victory speech, and then cut that to ensure that they could still show sport. What a joke, they cut major world news for sports, and how anyone can actually understand what Bruce Abernathy says without subtitles amazes me.

  4. Next year’s Madame Secretary plot should be a new conservative president puts the former president, the secretary of state and her husband on trial for un American activities and treason. What could possibly go wrong?

  5. Seven caught out with misleading promos again. Promoting “exclusive” coverage from NBC and CNN, with both logos prominently used. Channel surfing yesterday, paused at SBS – who was carrying CNN.

  6. Here in Sydney, programming on Seven started late due to Trump’s speech (Home and Away didn’t start until about 7:15pm). Are these numbers for the scheduled start time still, and will be adjusted later?

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