Utopia, Mad as Hell strong for ABC.
Ratings: ABC comedies win their hour of power. The Block is best in entertainment with Nine winning the night.
Australia’s love affair with all things Working Dog continued last night with the return of Utopia on ABC.
The government-inspired comedy drew 711,000 viewers which, together with Mad as Hell on 683,000, was a clear win for ABC across its hour.
ABC’s comedy was only beaten as top entertainment drawcard by The Block at 803,000 earlier. Nine’s reality show led two demos although The Bachelor on 653,000, owned the younger demo. Hard Quiz (641,000), The Celebrity Chase (603,000) and 7:30 (504,000) all followed in the early slots.
Nine network won Wednesday with 26.7% then Seven 25.9%, 10 19.7%, ABC 19.3% and SBS 8.4%.
Nine News (875,000 / 838,000) was best for Nine. A Current Affair drew 777,000 then Hot Seat (450,000 / 275,000) and movie: London Has Fallen (339,000).
Seven News was #1 with 1.03m / 1.01m for Seven. Home and Away was 651,000, The Chase was 594,000 / 380,000 and Cheat (258,000 / 200,000).
On 10 it was The Project (440,000 / 262,000), My Life is Murder (382,000) and 10 News First (372,000). Celebrity Name Game was 214,000.
ABC News (682,000), Diary of an Uber Driver (330,000), QI (188,000) and The Drum (148,000) also comprised ABC’s night.
On SBS it was Untold Australia (229,000), Tony Robinson’s Coast to Coast (219,000), SBS World News (155,000) and Mastermind (81,000).
Peppa Pig on ABC KIDS led multichannels at 179,000.
News Breakfast: 120,000 / 40,000
OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 21 August 2019.