Commercial networks will be looking on ABC with envy last night. It had one of the things most valued in TV programming land: audience flow.
From around 7pm – 9:30 their numbers were consistently at 600,000 or higher, a much better place to be than riding a rollercoaster of highs and lows.
Hard Quiz and 7:30 won their slots at 679,000 / 625,000 respectively ahead of The Bachelorette on 537,000, Bride & Prejudice at 525,000 (which appear to be chasing the same crowd) and Family Food Fight at 380,000 up slightly on Tuesday.
ABC’s luck continued with Mad as Hell and the debut of Tomorrow Tonight at 665,000 / 600,000 respectively ahead of 9-1-1 on 493,000, Playing for Keeps at 399,000 and Manifest at 345,000. It’s worth noting that Playing for Keeps was second in the demos across the night.
Nine had a particularly bad night unable to rise above 800,000 viewers anywhere. One also can’t overlook that Seven’s network win was not just due to multichannels with Criminal Minds doubles enjoying a good late night crowd.
Seven News, ABC News and The Chase won early slots.
Seven network won Wednesday with 30.4% then Nine 25.5%, ABC 20.5%, TEN 17.6% and SBS 7.4%.
Seven News was #1 for Seven last night at 918,000 / 885,000 then Home & Away (600,000), Bride & Prejudice (525,000), The Chase (506,000 / 294,000), 9-1-1 (493,000) and Criminal Minds (258,000 / 115,000).
Nine News was best for Nine at 797,000 / 781,000 then A Current Affair (660,000), Hot Seat (432,000 / 253,000), Family Food Fight (380,000), Manifest (345,000) and movie: Ghostbusters (139,000).
ABC News (694,000), Hard Quiz (679,000), Mad as Hell (665,000), 7:30 (625,000), Tomorrow Tonight (600,000) and The Set (224,000) . Superwog drew 95,000.
The Bachelorette (537,000) led for 10 then The Project (452,000 / 234,000), Playing for Keeps (399,000) and TEN Eyewitness News (330,000). Pointless was 185,000 and Madam Secretary was 144,000.
On SBS it was Great British Railway Journeys (258,000), Food Safari Water (185,000), Nigella: The Cook Who Changed Our Lives (181,000), SBS World News (136,000) and The Missing (107,000).
Peppa Pig pounced on multichannels at 156,000.
News Breakfast: 103,000 / 56,000.
OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 31 October 2018