Railway Journeys are now SBS’ very own Big Bang Theory

Railway Journey shows have become the Big Bang Theory of SBS, screening at 7:30 from Tuesday – Friday, and ranking as 3 of its 4 top shows last week.

But it was another win for Seven last week.

Seven: 30.4
Nine: 26.7
TEN: 18.7
ABC: 17.6
SBS: 6.6

Primary channel:
Seven: 20.3
Nine: 18.0
TEN: 13.1
ABC: 12.6
SBS: 4.5

7mate: 4.1
7TWO: 3.7
9GO!: 3.6
ABC2: 2.8
9GEM: 2.7
9Life: 2.4
7flix: 2.3
ABC News: 1.5
SBS Food Network: 1.0
ABC ME: 0.7
NITV: 0.1

Corrected: Seven scored all demos 16-39, 18-49 & 25-54.

Best brands last week were:

Seven: Seven News (Sun: 1.18m), House Rules (Sun: 1.09m), Home and Away (765,000) and Border Security (706,000).

Nine: True Story with Hamish & Andy (1.09m), Nine News (Nine: 1.06m), A Current Affair and The Voice (both 852,000).

TEN: MasterChef Australia (Tues: 903,000), Have You Been Paying Attention? (802,000), The Project (7pm: 572,000) and NCIS (534,000).

ABC: Four Corners (807,000), ABC News (Sat: 781,000), Father Brown (768,000) and Australian Story (754,000).

SBS: Great Continental Railway Journeys (363,000), Rome’s Invisible City (280,000), Extreme Railway Journeys (277,000) and Great British Railway Journeys (259,000).

Seven won every night except Wednesday, which fell to Nine. ABC bettered TEN on Saturday.

Seven again won Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, while Nine claimed Sydney and Brisbane.


  1. blackbirdsgarden

    ** Chris Tarrant filled the Wednesday slot. Different show, but important distinction to make.

    I’ve seen bits of episodes if GBRJ, and I can understand why people enjoy it, not my cup of tea tho.

  2. SBS railway journeys. If it’s Tuesday it must be the bright yellow jacket, Wednesday the bright blue one…With Michael Portillo visiting Victorian factories making sports referees whistles, leather soles for shoes, Horlicks, linen, beer and travelling on steam trains, etc, I wouldn’t want his dry cleaning bill!

  3. thedirtydigger

    Thanks for your comment and info David. Well I hope the 60,000 – 70,000 capital city viewers justify the cost of — let’s say probably 250 – 300 thousand dollars a week this would be costing to commission. Return on investment ?

  4. thedirtydigger

    What a complete joke. SBS relies on British train shows instead of making content that people actually watch. Content that fulfils its charter.
    Merge SBS and ABC now and get rid of most of the useless bods making these dumb decisions.
    I’d love to know the cost of Masterchef ( oops ) I mean The Chef’s Line at 6 PM…and does it capture a decent audience compared to what was there before ,as I would hate to think about the weekly cost to the network – and the Australian taxpayer . David do you have any ratings data here?

    • To be fair they still produce local charter shows, Family Law, Dateline, Insight, food titles and new doco series next week etc. My point was really that trains are taking over early evening schedule. SBS has argued in the past the broadly popular stuff brings in revenue to produce charter titles. Chef’s Line hovers around 60-70,000 viewers.

  5. The AFL and multi-channels have powerful for Seven on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

    Must only be another handful of weeks, until Seven can claim 2017, by weeks won.

    Impressive feat thus far.

    Nine have a strong chance at winning this week.

      • No, definitely at least the 3rd and pretty sure the 4th time-was put in behind the new 3 ep series of Roman/renaissance laser scanning docs in the slot-SBS never says that the docs are repeats but many are, sometimes within a few months-they still rate well by their standards as so many folks are desperate for an alternative to singing/cooking/ bitching shows on a Sunday evening.

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