Seven dominates Thursday, SBS up with Eurovision.

Ratings: MasterChef leads entertainment shows, Nine improves without Footy Show.

Seven dominated viewing last night while MasterChef was the top entertainment drawcard.  Nine improved without its Footy Show albatross and Eurovision lifted SBS.

MasterChef drew 646,000 and topped the demos ahead of Home and Away (627,000 from 7pm), and 7:30 on 545,000. A Masterclass later drew 415,000.

The Front Bar was 464,000 -just 2,000 up on last week- meaning it had no real lift without The Footy Show against it. Nine ran procedural repeats in place of its former AFL show.

The Eurovision Song Contest replaying Wednesday’s semi-final was 231,000 for SBS.

Seven network won Thursday with 30.2% then Nine 24.5%, 10 18.6%, ABC 18.2% and SBS 8.4%.

Seven News was #1 with 941,000 / 900,000. The Chase pulled 537,000 / 349,000 and Britain’s Got Talent was 423,000.

Nine News (903,000 / 851,000) led for Nine then A Current Affair (731,000), Hot Seat (537,000 / 311,000) and in select cities Thursday Night NRL (339,000), RBT (233,000), Paramedics (184,000) and Kings Cross ER (157,00).

The Project drew 460,000 / 427,000 for 10 then 10 News First (405,000), Celebrity Name Game (258,000) and Law & Order: SVU (211,000).

ABC News (679,000) was best for ABC. In preliminary figures 7:30 was 545,000 then Escape from the City (479,000), Doctor Foster (274,000), The Drum (227,000) and Would I Lie to You? (188,000).

On SBS it was Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (201,000), SBS World News (132,000) and Mastermind (101,000).

Renewed Bluey topped multichannels at 196,000.

The Morning Show: 119,000 / 81,000
Today Extra: 92,000 / 51,000
Studio 10: 53,000 / 50,000 / 32,000

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 16 May 2019.

13 Responses

  1. If the 6pm timeslot is so crucial to setting the night up why are 10 giving us 3rd rate game shows one after the other? Taking a niche show and hoping it goes mainstream in this day and age is ridiculous. Give us something like Wheel of Fortune or Price is Right. A quality show that has a proven track record @5 + 5.30 but might work at 6. 10 need to respect the 6pm hour and if they did they might build an audience there.

  2. TEN should just buy back The Simpsons from Fox- surely it is the same cost or cheaper than these game shows. They would probably get the same viewers. They can then use it as a filler during the week for when the next show fails to perform as they did in the 90’s and 00’s.

    I think the concept of Celebrity Name Game is ok but they need a fresh face to host it- it would be ideal for a loud witty drag queen similar to Bianca Delrio. Using those Queens featured in the AMMI advert would be fun.

  3. I totally agree with “RoaringDave” ” Pointless was a great show, it appealed to me, This new thing I watched it for the first show and you are right it would work better at 7.30. Thankfully here in Tas we have the local news read from interstate.The news first at five is good, but why dont they start the Project at 6.00 and then steal a march on the others by starting their evening shows at 7.00. Why they ever moved Neighbours to the backwaters of 11 and now Peach beats me, Neighbours in recent times has had some great moments of superb Australian acting, watched by more than the skewed ratings system tells us. When I say skewed it is only a handful of people who have thse “boxes” . I guess the likes of Netflix and the catch up services are so well liked because they have an accurate number of viewers.

  4. So, in conclusion it wasn’t just Pointless pulling lousy numbers at 6 pm…it’s the fact that they are putting up a game show against the two most watched News services (7 and 9 ).

    1. Towards the end of its run, All Star Family Feud was pulling under 200K. 10 just doesn’t seem to learn that game shows are simply not working at 6pm. Pulling an extra 50-60K viewers a night hardly seems worth the higher costs of production, guests, and prize money.

      Pointless is a great concept, but is ill-suited for 6pm viewing. I feel the concept would have worked a lot better as a weekly hour-long show in a 7.30pm slot (with substantially higher prize money), but like Jeopardy before it, we’ll probably never hear of it again. Incidentally, U.S. Jeopardy is usually in the top 20 overnight ratings on Foxtel.

  5. Hi David, I’m not really after any figures for this add the is so many Encores of it, but are any of The Encores of Celebrity Name Game pulling decentish enough numbers?
    If not there is very little chance the show will hit 300k again when they pull the multuple Encores.

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