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ABC News surge, Dance Boss fights off SBS.

Ratings: The Block helps Nine to a Tuesday win. Taboo pilot draws social media praise amid soft numbers.

Interest in Canberra politics sent ABC News to a timeslot win at 772,000 viewers last night, ahead of A Current Affair, Home and Away and The Project but by 7:30 reality took the lead.

The Block was high at 952,000, winning the demos and well in front of Australian Survivor‘s 661,000 and 7:30 & Foreign Corrsspondent. Seven’s Dance Boss at a meagre 397,000 was locked in a battle with Great Indian Railway Journeys on SBS at 364,000.

True Story with Hamish and Andy drew 699,000 / 546,000, a clear leader once Survivor ended. 800 Words was forced to rebuild after its poor lead-in, settling for 472,000.

TEN’s Taboo pilot has won considerable social media praise, but many Survivor viewers did not stick around, tumbling to 277,000 from its lead-in.

Nine network won Tuesday with 29.8% then Seven 25.8%, TEN 18.4%, ABC 17.8% and SBS 8.2%.

The Block was best for Nine on 952,000 then Nine News (910,000 / 870,000), A Current Affair (736,000), True Story with Hamish and Andy (699,000 / 546,000), Hot Seat (477,000 / 304,000) and Kath & Kim (312,000 / 234,000).

Seven News was #1 for Seven with 1.01m/ 972,000 then Home and Away (668,000), The Chase (581,000 / 335,000), 800 Words (472,000) and Dance Boss (397,000). Killer Tapes was 197,000.

Australia Survivor (661,000) led for TEN followed by The Project (535,000 / 317,000), TEN Eyewitness News (356,000), Taboo (277,000) and Pointless (236,000). NCIS: LA was 123,000.

ABC News (772,000), 7:30 (599,000), Foreign Correspondent (489,000), Catalyst (453,000), Search for Second Earth (273,000) and Think Tank (234,000) were best for ABC.

On SBS it was Great Indian Railway Journeys was 364,000 then Insight (253,000), Dateline (175,000) and SBS World News (141,000). The Chef’s Line was 63,000.

7mate’s Highway Patrol topped multichannels at 198,000.

Today Extra: 121,000 / 67,000
The Morning Show: 109,000 /
Studio 10: 58,000 / 48,000 / 32,000

OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 21 August 2018

11 Responses

  1. Wow, surprised about the news figures. Can’t remember the last week that I turned the news off so frequently. Keep hopefully turning it on thinking that something else might be happening in the world. Disappointed every time.

  2. I feel that pilot week would have got a better sampling if at a consistent timeslot each night, perhaps 7:30pm, rather than following Ten’s reality shows which end at random times.

  3. The best part of the ABC News coverage was later in the evening when they had a BOF super that referred to Tony Abbott’s “roll” in the challenge. Has Tony become a baker, or do they just not teach so-called “journalists” to spell these days?

  4. My husband and I really enjoyed watching Taboo. Actually made us re-evaluate life, so nice to see a commercial network get us to think and reflect but also to get an insight into the lives and thoughts of four Australians who either are confined to an wheelchair or are an amputee. Well done 10!

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