Comedy treats on Wednesday

Ratings: Mad as Hell tops ABC's night. Playing for Keeps beats Bite Club. Nine wins Wednesday.

It was game on after 8:30 last night with new and returning titles in the schedule.

Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell won its slot with a cool 684,000 viewers, as the top show on ABC last night. New TEN drama Playing for Keeps debuted with 583,000 scoring second place. That pushed Bite Club into fourth place behind 9-1-1 at 449,000 and 464,000 respectively. Back in Very Small Business and Hidden Restaurants followed.

Earlier The Block won its slot on 887,000 but The Bachelor‘s 854,000 claimed the demos. Hard Quiz, Motorbike Cops and 7:30 were next.

Seven News, ACA and The Chase were all winners.

Nine network won Wednesday with 28.0% then Seven 26.9%, TEN 22.1%, ABC 17.2% and SBS 5.8%.

Nine News (926,000 / 897,000) led for Nine followed by The Block (887,000), A Current Affair (816,000), Hot Seat (499,000 / 314,000), Bite Club (449,000) and Inside Crime (185,000).

Seven News was #1 for Seven with 961,000 / 956,000 then Home and Away (620,000), Motorbike Cops (562,000), The Chase (552,000 / 334,000), Highway Patrol (501,000), 9-1-1 (464,000) and Criminal Minds (308,000 / 182,000).

The Bachelor (854,000) was best for TEN then Playing for Keeps (583,000), The Project (531,000 / 327,000), TEN Eyewitness News (375,000) and Pointless (253,000). Movie: The Time Traveller’s Wife was 154,000.

Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell (684,000) topped ABC’s night followed by Hard Quiz (672,000), ABC News (665,000), 7:30 (555,000) and Back in Very Small Business (349,000). Black Comedy was 226,000.

On SBS it was Great British Railway Journeys (248,000), SBS World News (147,000), Food Safari Water (143,000), Hidden Restaurants with Michel Roux Jr. (106,000), Deep State (71,000) and The Chef’s Line (59,000).

GO!’s Big Bang Theory topped multichannels at 182,000.

Sunrise: 244,000
Today: 238,000
News Breakfast: 121,000 / 41,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 19 September 2018


11 Responses

  1. The promos for Playing for Keeps really turned me off. It looked like Desperate Housewives. But I stumbled on it part way in and was pleasantly surprised. It managed to avoid most of the “WAG” cliches and the actress in the main role is a gem – so funny.

  2. Enjoyed Playing For Keeps. Have Netflix & Stan for deep layered dramas. PFK was exactly what I hoped it would be. Trashy, soapy and fun…..thought the cast were good. Should settle into addictive viewing.

  3. I’d love all Australian programs to succeed, but Playing For Keeps was just woeful. Terrible script, hammy performances and nothing early on to hook viewers in. I’ll be going back to Netflix to stream some quality drama instead.

  4. Shaun had a lot of catch up stories plus a couple of knife-edge situations. I expect the numbers to drop next week if we still have a Govt and Peter Dutton doesn’t row across Lake Burley Griffin and demand entry to the High Court. The sack of spuds from the Parliament of Potato will remain in the boat.

  5. Interesting and good for 10 that their Drama debut higher than Bite Club. Always wishing Aussie dramas to succeed. Bite Club shouldn’t be discounted as it is only 10,000 less than 800words (an existing drama)

    1. It annoys me how they are both on at the same time. We go for months without any aussie dramas and then they air at the same time. Yet to watch playing for keeps, will try and catch up tonight.

      1. It will be repeated several times on 10,11 or 12 over the next week-looks like Friday night to start.-you do also realise it’s possible to watch something and record something else at the same time…

        1. Obviously.. I just think it’s silly having two aussie dramas going neck and neck and then people get put out of a job when the numbers come up as poor. Both Bite Club and Playing For Keeps are competing for the same audience.

          1. Yes, I have previously lamented at the lack of Aussie dramas for most the year & yes now we’re inundated and I can’t watch them all either. Currently have Rake, Bite Club and Dead Lucky all unwatched collecting on my hard drive, while I watch 800words & Dr Dr! I’ve only just watched Harrow which was excellent! Now Playing 4 Keeps is addingvto my harddrive too!

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