Paramedics a hit for Nine

Paramedics has become a late 2018 hit for Nine, last night drawing an impressive 783,000 viewers and topping the demos.

Its audience was so big the 8:30 show even outclassed A Current Affair at 7pm.

It more than doubled its nearest competition, Endeavour on 343,00 then Orange is the Brown, X-Men: Apocalypse, SVU and Waco.

Earlier an extended Home and Away won its slot at 559,000 (from 7pm), then RBT, 7:30, Grand Designs Australia, How to Stay Married, and Alex Polizzi’s Secret City.

Seven News, ACA and The Chase won earlier slots.

Nine network won Thursday with 31.3% then Seven 30.0%, ABC 17.6%, 10 13.5% and SBS 7.6%.

Seven News was #1 for Seven at 817,000 / 813,000 then Home and Away (559,000), The Chase (461,000 / 291,000), Orange is the New Brown (286,000) and movie: X-Men: Apocalypse (236,000).

Nine News (805,000 / 798,000) led for Nine then Paramedics (783,000), A Current Affair (637,000), RBT (555,000), Hot Seat (416,000 / 251,000), Driving Test (232,000 in select cities) and Chicago Med (336,000 / 199,000).

ABC News (633,000), 7:30 (496,000), Grand Designs Australia (476,000), Endeavour (343,000), and Grand Designs (144,000) comprised ABC’s night.

The Project (389,000 / 287,000) was best for 10 then 10 News First (365,000) and How to Stay Married (291,000).  The Conners was 213,000, Law & Order: SVU was 199,000 / 149,000 and Pointless was 194,000.

On SBS it was Alex Polizzi’s Secret City (186,000), Waco (121,000 / 121,000), SBS World News (104,000).

7mate movie: The Accountant led multichannels at 193,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 29 November 2018

19 Comments:

  1. Unfortunately Seven will probably use the poor ratings for Orange Is The New Brown as justification for their aversion to risk taking and their claim that cooking and dating shows are one of the few program with ‘broad’ audiences.

    • Fair enough too isn’t it? If a big enough audience doesn’t watch, you can hardly blame them for shying away somewhat. They gave it an 8:30pm slot with a compatible youth-skewing lead-in on a night with pretty weak competition. Catch-up/online ratings may help it, but at the end of the day, they need a certain amount of eyeballs to turn a profit.

      • The show still takes a break in the UK for 6 weeks. Due to the weeks were it only aired 4 a week. (Was it off over the games this year?) 8 episodes a week seems like overkill for a viewer though

    • They are continuing into the non-ratings perdiod more often the last couple of years and still returning earlier than the official ratings period. I think they would potentially have too many episodes to squeeze into summer if they dropped one a week for the 45ish weeks it is on air.
      However with over 90 minutes of BHG rating well on a Friday they will not revert back to the 5 nights a week. Although initially H&A was bumped on Friday due to the AFL, not sure how this works in Victoria with 90 minute lifestyle?

  2. Did anyone notice the F bomb dropped in How to Stay Married? Is that allowed in the 7:30pm timeslot? Wondering if that one slipped through due to the timeslot change…

    • This was raised about ARIAs too. About 3 or 4 yrs ago Classification allowed M at 7:30pm, which is what it was classed. There is no issue. In fact PG also allows language, it depends on the context and amount of use. There is no list of acceptable or non-acceptable words.

      • You’ll struggle to name a movie/show that’s classified PG with an F-word though.

        As we know M (shows only) are allowed at 7:30pm, so would’ve been fine.

        I’ll sound like a publicist for Ten here:
        “It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to check the classification and supervise their children, to ensure a program is suitable”.

    • Beckala, it’s an Australian comedy, so it’s compulsory to drop the F bomb. How else are the writers supposed to get laughs? If there was no swearing then they’d be forced to write actual jokes.

    • I noticed the same happened on Graham Norton the other night when Joe Lycett said it. Ten might want to pay closer attention now that they’ve moved it to 7.30 Sundays (which I don’t like. It’s very much a Friday/Saturday show).

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