ABC drama dip
Ratings: Pulse & Cleverman down, Bachelor wins slot and Nine gets a bigger crowd with James Bond than Sam Newman.
ABC will be hoping for a “J curve” for their new medical drama Pulse which fell from 512,000 last week to 478,000 last night. The trend is nothing new in television where a show slips in its second week, so the test now becomes if it can slowly rebuild.
No such luck for Cleverman which was down to just 118,000 for its penultimate episode. At those figures next week is likely to be the last we will see of the ambitious show.
The Bachelor won at 7:30pm against staggered scheduling at 739,000, down from its 846,000 premiere, but enough to top the demos.
Taking off the AFL Footy Show did not diminish Nine’s audience -quite the opposite. The Skyfall replacement lifted from 227,000 for last week’s footy outing to 253,000 for James Bond. It’s cheaper and better for Nine to run movies than have Sam Newman & co. Seven’s Front Bar increased from 232,000 to 303,000.
Nine network won with 28.3% then Seven 26.8%, TEN 21.0%, ABC 16.6% and SBS 7.4%.
Nine News was 908,000 / 899,000 for Nine then A Current Affair (817,000), Hot Seat (514,000 / 312,000), RBT (366,000 in 3 cities) and Thursday Night NRL (349,000 in 2 cities). Movie: Skyfall was 253,000 in 3 cities and NRL Footy Show was 161,000 in 2 cities.
Seven News was #1 for Seven with 1.02m / 952,000 then Home and Away (714,000), The Chase (604,000 / 416,000), Make You LOL (498,000), All Round to Mrs. Brown’s (409,000) and The Front Bar (303,000 in 3 cities).
The Bachelor (739,000) led for TEN followed by The Project (516,000 / 339,000), TEN Eyewitness News (446,000), Common Sense (354,000) and Family Feud (326,000). Law and Order: SVU was 189,000.
ABC News (663,000) topped ABC’s night followed by 7:30 (546,000), The Checkout (516,000), Pulse (478,000), and Restoration Man (193,000). Cleverman was just 118,000.
On SBS it was Great British Railway Journeys (379,000), Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook Melbourne (177,000), SBS World News (165,000), River Cottage Australia (117,000) and Versailles (106,000).
ABC2’s Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom ruled multichannels with 245,000.
OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 27 July 2017