ABC beats commercial offerings.

Give it up for Aunty.

Last night the ABC led at 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 9:00, with 7:30, Hard Quiz, Gruen & Rosehaven beating every entertainment show offered by Seven, Nine & TEN from 7:30pm onwards.

Hard Quiz (659,000) & 7:30 (618,000) eclipsed First Dates, Family Food Fight and Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food –for Nine’s foodie reality show, which finally had a night without The Wall, it slipped again from 523,000 to 509,000.

By 8:30pm Gruen‘s 816,000 extended ABC’s lead over The Grand Tour, Sisters and a movie on Nine from 8:50pm. TEN’s new local drama fell considerably from 624,000 last week to 351,000.

Commercial networks still dominated in the demos, although Gruen remained very competitive.

In the end Nine finished as the top primary channel but thanks to multichannels, Seven network won Wednesday with 27.3%, then Nine 26.7%, ABC 20.9%, TEN 16.8% and SBS 8.3%.

Seven News was #1 for Seven with 940,000 / 916,000 then Home and Away (666,000), First Dates (579,000),  The Chase (568,000 / 361,000) and The Grand Tour (352,000). The Jonathan Ross Show was 87,000.

Nine News (879,000 / 868,000) led for Nine then A Current Affair (712,000), Family Food Fight (509,000), Hot Seat (442,000 / 275,000) and movie: Spectre (298,000).

Gruen (816,000) scored for ABC followed by ABC News (689,000), Hard Quiz (659,000), 7:30 (618,000), Rosehaven (592,000) and The Letdown (347,000).

The Project (557,000 / 344,000), TEN Eyewitness News (423,000), Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food (382,000), Sisters (351,000) comprised TEN’s night. Madam Secretary returned with just 160,000.

On SBS it was Birth of Empire: The East India Company (308,000), Apex Gang: Behind the Headlines (227,000), SBS World News (127,000) and Riviera (116,000).

Shaun the Sheep (239,000) topped multichannels once more.

Today: 271,000
Sunrise: 270,000
News Breakfast: 99,000 / 48,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 1 November 2017


  1. Ten really needs a radical overhaul of its drama. It has nothing to lose if the past years and poor audiences are any guide. Sisters is an embarrassment which makes Wonderland look like a masterpiece. I feel very sorry for the actors having to do this stuff. And why is it lit like a bad soap opera? Probably because it is. Rosehaven does have charm but a little more pace and story would help. The Letdown is monotonal. Adds nothing new or really funny to the well worn idea of a new motherhood/parenthood comedy.

  2. thedirtydigger

    Why not open up the Today co-hosting chair to anyone who wants to have a crack ? Send in your video resume clip and let the viewers decide. Could be a fun little competition spot anyway , and imagine finding Australia’s next TV talent at the same time. Oh , and pay them 100K a year, not a penny more and see if anyone notices.

  3. I enjoyed The Letdown. It sometimes wanders slightly too close to the worst case scenario portrayal of motherhood, but just manages to keep to the right side.

  4. Wednesdays have become a bit busy all of sudden. I caught up on Chicago Fire from Tuesday and watched some gruen, sisters and madam secretary. I’ve pvr riviera and rosehaven (haven’t watched season 2 as still watching season 1 on iview). I’ll also be watching the letdown on iview as wasn’t able to pvr with all of the clashes.

  5. Ugh, a tough night for both 7 and 9 looks like Family Food Fight will be the last major stripped flop of 2017, sitting along side Biggest Loser and Last Resort.

    Last nights episode was a lot better than the first two it is just too similar to MasterChef for me.

    • It might say more about presenters themselves meaning little to audiences? Which ever has a better presentation of the core news, sport, weather and traffic is where people will turn to. Both breakfast shows so fickle. Averages don’t give a clear picture at all. Would love to see reach numbers.

    • What it shows is ratings have not plummentes since she left.. it also shows that people will watch a show regardless of the presenters so there is no valid reason to pay a host millions to talk crap from an autocue & laugh each morning!

  6. Sisters seems to be going the same was as Wonderland. I saw the segment on Gogglebox about it, and it looked like a ridiculous scenario for a potential long-running drama.

      • I actually hadn’t planned on watching sisters but heard some good feedback on here and in real life so gave it a go. Thought the first 2 episodes albeit way too long and should not have aired together quite good but last nights episode wasn’t as good and had some boring lulls. I’m going to continue it for now. Its nice to see gogglebox covering a drama something they haven’t really done this season.

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