The return of Utopia landed in a blaze of glory last night, winning its timeslot and pulling its biggest ever audience at 842,000 viewers.
That was higher than any other entertainment show on a commercial channel all night with the exception of MasterChef.
It proved to be a good night for ABC, with Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell winning on 724,000… even stronger than Nine and Seven’s 7:30 offerings.
MasterChef‘s final 4 proved dominant for TEN at an impressive 955,000 -up by over 200,000 on last Wednesday against Origin. Offspring was also well up.
Nine and Seven wins were confined to earlier slots in news, current affairs and game shows, but they held stronger through the night overall to remain in front.
Nine network won Wednesday with 26.5% then Seven 25.5%, TEN 20.6%, ABC 17.9% and SBS 9.4%.
Nine News was #1 for Nine with 1.07m / 1.06m then A Current Affair (869,000), Britain’s Got Talent (609,000 / 371,000) and Hot Seat (573,000 / 359,000).
Seven News (1.06m / 987,000) led for Seven then Home and Away (749,000), The Chase (645,000 / 419,000), Border Security (630,000) and Criminal Minds (455,000 / 360,000).
MasterChef Australia (955,000) was strong for TEN then Offspring (646,000), The Project (557,000 / 373,000), TEN Eyewitness News (472,000) and Family Feud (354,000). NCIS: LA was 208,000.
Utopia (842,000) topped ABC then ABC News (752,000), Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell (724,000), 7:30 (602,000), QI (465,000) and Growing Up Gracefully (435,000).
On SBS it was Flying Scotsman with Robson Green (256,000), Tour de France (247,000), SBS World News (139,000) and River Cottage Australia (95,000).
Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom ruled multichannels at 249,000.
News Breakfast: 106,000 /
OzTAM Overnight: Wednesday 19 July 2017