Attenborough lifts for Nine. Playing for Keeps in trouble.

Ratings: An Australian-themed episode draws a big crowd for Nine. 10 drama faces a big numbers dilemma.

An Australian wildlife showcase on Seven Worlds One Planet was the most-watched non-news show last night.

The Attenborough special drew 772,000 -a season high thus far- and topped the demos.

That was well ahead of the competition: 7:30 (545,000), Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery (486,000), Zumbo’s Just Desserts (385,000) and The Unicorn which debuted to 324,000 / 276,000.

From 8:30 Gruen led the way at 640,000), then The Good Doctor (450,000), Frayed (319,000), Movie Red Dog: True Blue (316,000). With a lower lead-in, Playing for Keeps was just 186,000 for 10 -a disastrous number given the costs of local drama- while Child Genius Australia returned to 164,000 for SBS.

Nine network won Wednesday with 29.5% then Seven 28.0%, ABC 18.6%, 10 16.0% and SBS 8.1%.

Nine News was best for Nine -just- at 775,000 / 750,000. A Current Affair drew 651,000 then Hot Seat (418,000 / 278,000).

Seven News was #1 with 932,000 / 882,000 for Seven then Home and Away (552,000) and The Chase (529,000 / 341,000). God Friended Me was 235,000.

ABC News (600,000), The Drum (166,000) and Adam Hills: The Last Leg (139,000) also comprised ABC’s night.

The Project was 442,000 / 250,000 for 10 then 10 News First (365,000). Celebrity Name Game was 188,000 and Law & Order: SVU just 109,000.

On SBS it was Tony Robinson’s World By Rail (195,000), SBS World News (121,000) and Years & Years (97,000).

10 BOLD’s NCIS: LA led multichannels at 171,000.

Sunrise: 263,000
Today: 200,000
News Breakfast: 120,000 / 37,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 20 November 2019

18 Responses

  1. Nope, I’m enjoying this season of the good doctor. I have enjoyed seeing the character of Shaun grow. From season 1 where you would practically be crying each episode because they flashback to his life and how he was treated and his brother dying then not being respected at work to now where he is exploring a relationship . I also enjoy the other characters as well.

    A shame Playing for Keeps isn’t rating so well. There is some talent on that show.

      1. I’d never seen the classic seasons of ER as I was born the year it premiered so I’m watching them. Currently watching season two and the quality is impressive. So much better than the Good Doctor.

  2. I hope Frayed gets a second series.The casting was great,Kerry Armstrong was fabulous as the fragile mum, actually all of them were really funny but Sarah Kendall was brilliant, hope they give her more opportunities as she is a stand out Australian talent I had never heard of before.Looking forward to what ever next she does.

    1. Really hope so ! Have absolutely loved Frayed.
      A real breath of fresh air – wonderfully flawed and eccentric characters, acerbically funny and poignantly sad at the same time.
      Nothing else like it except for perhaps Catastrophe, which has Merman Productions and the brilliant Sharon Horgan in common.So lots of swearing and smutiness but in a good way.

  3. I think Playing for Keeps is being aired at the wrong time of year (Sept-Nov)— it’s a TV show that heavily relies on the imagery of a Melbourne winter and the AFL season. I believe it would get a higher fan base (particularly with men) if they aligned it with the AFL season more when those images are more associated with our culture.

    It feels strange watching a show discuss AFL in November IMO.

    1. Rubbish lead-ins aren’t helping either. I feel that they really should have played it at the back of The Masked Singer if they wanted any chance of it succeeding (particularly as the ratings for the first season weren’t exactly crash-hot either).

  4. I was certainly happy that there were less dead penguins in last night’s Attenborough episode.

    It was a really good episode. I don’t remember seeing dingo (crosses) hunting kangaroos before.

        1. Those images of all those falling walruses were incredibly confronting and sad.
          As was the orangutan caught up on the front of the bulldozer, trying to protect its territory , as all the trees were brutally mown down.

          1. As I watched the falling walruses in the first show they were shown on (last year?), I fast forwarded through that part this time. No-one needs to see that twice.

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