Comedy is the new Thursday
Ratings: Peter Helliar's sitcom is off to a better start than any of 10's Pilot week shows. Q&A draws in curious viewers.
New comedy offerings from 10 and Seven are off to an optimistic start, especially given their timeslots.
Peter Helliar’s How to Stay Married was a promising episode and drew 508,000 in its 9pm timeslot. That figure is higher than any of the Pilot Week shows, all of which were under 400,00. It was also strong in the demos. Overall it was only beaten by Nine’s Paramedics from 8:30 on 561,000.
Nazeem Hussain’s Orange is the New Brown drew 422,000 in an 8:30 slot which Seven is calling a solid debut.
Viewers swarmed to the Q&A special with Malcolm Turnbull at 666,000 (!) from 8pm as the top non-news offering of the night. It outranked The Bachelorette at 605,000 although it still topped the demos. 7:30, Home and Away (from 7pm) & RBT followed.
Seven News, ABC News & The Chase won early slots.
Nine won the primary channel share but Seven network won Thursday with 27.6% then Nine 27.2%, ABC 19.8%, 10 18.7% and SBS 6.7%.
Seven News was #1 with 850,000 / 823,000 then Home and Away (513,000), Orange is the New Brown (422,000), The Chase (414,000 / 109,000), Modern Family (274,000) and movie: Bridesmaids (157,000).
Nine News was best for Nine at 768,000 / 730,000 then A Current Affair (644,000), Paramedics (561,000), RBT (429,000), Hot Seat (404,000 / 272,000), Chicago Med (259,000) and Driving Test (205,000 in 2 cities),
ABC News (667,000), Q&A (666,000), 7:30 (594,000), Endeavour (295,000) and Sammy J (234,000) comprised ABC’s night.
The Bachelorette drew 605,000 or TEN followed by How to Stay Married (508,000), The Project (429,000 / 252,000) and 10 News First (335,000). Law & Order: SVU was 217,000. Pointless was just 192,000.
On SBS it was The Secret Life of Queen Victoria (202,000), SBS World News (137,000), War & Peace (111,000) and 24 Hours in Police Custody (110,000).
Peppa Pig pounced on multichannels at 190,000.
OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 8 November 2018.