Tough sell on Pilot Week, but viewers enjoy new comedy.

Ratings: It had a big lead-in but at least those who stayed to sample a new sitcom seemed to like it.

TV is a tough game.

Last night new sitcom Part Time Private Eyes enjoyed a big lead-in from Australian Survivor of 809,000 but while it drew strong feedback on social media there was a big chunk of the audience that wasn’t even going to stick around to sample it.

The comedy drew 344,000 viewers -much better than Sydney’s Crazy Rich Asians– landing third in its slot. Will I Am Roxy fare any better tonight?

The Block won its slot with 968,000 followed by Australian Survivor then 7:30 (503,000), Dogs Behaving Very Badly (421,000) and Foreign Correspondent (390,000) all followed.

Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds (657,000) won against Seachange (550,000). An episode of The Proposal with a bisexual single only drew 252,000, fourth in its slot.

Elsewhere News Breakfast: 136,000 / 47,000, a total of 183,000, was breathing down the neck of Today on 196,000. Sunrise easily won at a cool 293,000.

Nine network won Tuesday with 30.9% then Seven 25.5%, 10 18.8%, ABC 17.6% and SBS 7.2%.

Nine News (981,000 / 900,000) was best for Nine. A Current Affair was 819,000 and Hot Seat was 465,000 / 276,000 and Decades (241,000).

Seven News was #1 with 1.05m / 955,000 for Seven then Home and Away (660,000) and The Chase (597,000 / 347,000). Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back was just 151,000.

The Project was 479,000 / for 10 then 10 News First (382,000). Celebrity Name Game was 220,000 and NCIS was 153,000.

ABC News (654,000), Louis Theroux (316,000) and The Drum (176,000) comprised ABC’s remaining shows.

On SBS it was Britain’s Most Historic Towns (220,000), Insight (146,000), SBS World News (126,000), Dateline (118,000) and Mastermind (65,000).

Peppa Pig pounced on multichannels at 183,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 10 September 2019.

16 Responses

  1. Didn’t mind Part Time Private Eyes but yes, very flimsy plot.
    I actually found the fart scene where they were hiding in the wardrobe the highlight and only really funny bit which doesn’t say much for the rest of the show !
    I do like Heidi Arena though – she was brilliant in ‘Audrey’s Kitchen.’

  2. Part Time Private Eyes had a wafer-thin plot (seriously, a guy gets his teeth fixed – that was the best idea they could come up with for the pilot?) and no actual jokes, but at least it managed to avoid everyone swearing at each other very loudly, which is how most Oz comedies attempt humour.

        1. Certainly the rule of sitcom is that the characters never learn and we end up back at the beginning. Gilligan never gets off the island. The Hillbillies never shake off their roots. Hyacinth never drops her standards. Once you do these, the show is over. Simple works in sitcom, but you can have layers….

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