ABC comedies light up Wednesday
Ratings: Viewers are sending networks a message seemingly falling on deaf ears: they want Comedy.
Commercial networks should be investing more money into local comedy based on last night’s ratings.
Utopia (744,000) and Mad as Hell (721,000) outranked anything offered by the commercials after 7:30pm, aside from The Block (957,000) which topped 2 demos.
Even ABC’s Get Krack!n won its slot at 9:30pm at 433,000 viewers -a hefty lift compared to previous comedies in the same slot.
Meanwhile we have two commercial networks yet to reveal any new scripted comedy…..?
Elsewhere Seven News and ACA were winners, while The Bachelor, Doctor Doctor and Offspring all took a dip. On social media fans seemed to be resigned to Offspring wrapping in a good place and conceding time might be up.
Nine network won with 27.3% then Seven 26.6%, TEN 19.4%, ABC 19.0% and SBS 7.7%.
The Block was best for Nine with 957,000 viewers then Nine News (902,000 / 883,000), A Current Affair (769,000), Doctor Doctor (632,000) and Hot Seat (458,000 / 236,000). Embarrassing Bodies Revisits was 236,000.
Seven News (1.03m / 976,000) was #1 for Seven followed by Home and Away (690,000), The Force (645,000), Border Security (623,000), The Chase (578,000 / 361,000) and Criminal Minds (436,000 / 332,000).
The Bachelor (680,000) led for TEN, next were The Project (638,000 / 381,000), Offspring (545,000), TEN Eyewitness News (455,000) and Family Feud (344,000). A Wrong Girl repeat was 164,000.
Utopia (744,000), Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell (721,000), ABC News (710,000), Hard Quiz (625,000), 7:30 (594,000) and Get Krack!n (433,000) comprised ABC’s night.
On SBS it was Diana vs Elizabeth (291,000), Ireland with Simon Reeve (256,000), SBS World News (155,000), The Good Fight (153,000) and River Cottage Australia (107,000).
Shaun the Sheep was unbeaten on multichannels at 279,000.
News Breakfast: 99,000 / 53,000
OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 30 August 2017