Eurovision fights against mid-week competition

Ratings: Moving Eurovision from Fridays to Wednesdays costs viewers. Seven wins the night but only due to 7TWO. Photo: EBU / Andres Putting.

Moving the primetime Eurovision to midweek has seen the Semi Final event lose viewers, compared to 2017.

Last night it pulled 271,000 viewers, well down on 2017’s 403,000 when it screened against less competition on Friday night. Meanwhile a very devoted 28,000 tuned in to the Live early morning event.

Seven managed to win last night despite being beaten in multiple timeslots -it can thank A Touch of Frost on 7TWO.

MasterChef Australia won its slot at 910,000 ahead of Young Sheldon, House Rules, Home Delivery, 7:30 and Eurovision.

The Weekly with Charlie Pickering led from 9pm ahead of Britain’s Got Talent, Hughesy and Modern Family.

Seven News, ACA and The Chase won their slots.

Seven network was 26.7% then Nine 25.9%, TEN 20.7%, ABC 18.6% and SBS 8.1%.

Seven News (1.02m / 996,000) was #1 for Seven then Home and Away (697,000), House Rules (624,000), The Chase (589,000 / 354,000) and Modern Family (357,000 / 294,000). Back with the Ex was just 140,000.

Nine News (952,000 / 927,000) was best on Nine followed by A Current Affair (859,000), Young Sheldon (629,000 / 266,000), The Big Bang Theory (579,000 / 195,000), Hot Seat (512,000 / 311,000), Britain’s Got Talent (499,000).

MasterChef Australia (910,000) was well in front of The Project (579,000 / 328,000), Hughesy We Have a Problem (456,000) and Roseanne (209,000). This is Us was just 100,000.

Gruen (731,000), ABC News (723,000), Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery (618,000), 7:30 (580,000), The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (550,000), Corey White’s Roadmap to Paradise (250,000) and Think Tank (245,000).

On SBS it was Eurovision Song Contest (271,000), SBS World News (134,000) and The Good Fight (99,000).

7TWO’s A Touch of Frost (206,000) topped multichannels.

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 9 May 2018

Photo: European Broadcasting Union / Andres Putting

13 Responses

  1. I also think those numbers are a bit irrelevant until the SBS On Demand figures come in. That’s how I watch it and I’m sure I’m not on my own. But that’s a perennial argument about overnight ratings isn’t it. They seem so pointless now!

  2. Thanks for including the numbers for the morning broadcast. I always wonder how many other people are as keen as I am! I work for myself so I’m never up earlier than 8 usually, but for Eurovision the alarm is always set to 4:55!

  3. The Australian entry, Isaiah Firebrace, was in SF1 last year. Jessica Mauboy is in SF2 this year. That may have contributed to a larger audience for SF1 last year.

    Difficult to know whether the timing or the presence of the Australian entrant had a greater impact on the audience numbers. Probably a bit of both.

  4. Very moving episode of This Is Us. Such a shame last minute changes to 10.20ish lowered numbers further.

    So little drama on our FTA TV screens that I wonder what is to become of the drama TV series. There are no Aussie family type dramas on ATM (I classify Harrow as a police/crime show). Miss shows like Offspring, Wrong Girl, even Love Child…so lacking is drama on FTA that despite This Is Us late slot glad there is something of this genre on our screens. Hope some Aussie dramas screen soon. Winter is nearly here and there is little on offer.

  5. Yes, bad move by SBS – definitely should have remained Friday night.
    Modern Family doing similar figure to what it did on Ten. Should probably have been on 7mate or Flix at a better time like 7pm or 7.30.

  6. “Last night it pulled 271,000 viewers, well down on 2017’s 403,000 when it screened against less competition on Friday night. Meanwhile a very devoted 28,000 tuned in to the Live early morning event.”

    From SBS….. Organisers of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest have announced the running order of the two crucial Semi-Finals, which will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, on Wednesday 9 May (AEST) and Friday 11 May (AEST).

    There is another semi-final on Friday

          1. Indeed, Saturday, despite being a low viewership night for all FTA channels, may just spike for Eurovision given the build up of interest, particularly as Jessica Mauboy will be on then

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