Breakfast TV, News numbers high on Wednesday.

Ratings: Sunrise, Today & News Breakfast all lift during time of crisis. But viewers also wanted some comedy.

Morning TV numbers surged yesterday with the PM’s press conference on latest COVID-19 steps.

Sunrise won at 324,000 while Today had its best numbers since 2018 at 251,000, News Breakfast screening 160,000 / 78,000 across two channels averaged. Sunrise also extended with 302,000.

In primetime Seven News was #1 1.1m / 1.5m ahead of Nine News 988,000 / 985,000.

Married at First Sight (1.08m), 7:30 (843,000), Hard Quiz (753,000), Australian Survivor (714,000) and Highway Patrol (388,000 / 337,000).

Mad as Hell was 737,000 at 8:30pm -a big lift on last week’s 573,000- and a 9pm Nine News special drew 664,000.

Nine network won Wednesday with 30.3% then Seven 23.5%, ABC 19.5%, 10 18.9% and SBS 7.7%.

Meanwhile it was A Current Affair (807,000), Hot Seat (449,000 / 270,000) and Footy Classified (161,000 in 3 cities) for Nine.

Home and Away drew 659,000 for Seven then The Chase (560,000 / 350,000) and The Front Bar (393,000) and The Latest (353,000)

ABC News also won its slot at 827,000. You Can’t Ask That (390,000), Adam Hills: The Last Leg (223,000) and The Drum (212,000) also comprised ABC’s night.

The Project was 524,000  / 359,000 for 10 then 10 News First (489,000) and Bull (261,000).

On SBS it was Tony Robinson’s History Of Britain (246,000), Dublin Murders (185,000), SBS World News (162,000), Mastermind (76,000) and Project Blue Book (66,000).

Bluey was again huge topping multichannels at 338,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 18 March 2020

8 Responses

  1. Such a shame Doctor Doctor was out of schedule given so many people want escapism. I tune into ABC for my news updates usually in the morning so by evening I am over news and watch shows like Australian Survivor and anything else of the non-news variety including Doctor Doctor.

  2. I think Mad As Hell needs canned laughter going forward. Felt as though every joke fell flat last night. I think it’s because unlike other shows Shaun is primaroly on his own so there’s no one to laugh at his jokes. Having said that perhaps HYPBA should also consider canned laughter this year.

    1. I’d have to disagree there, MAH worked fine for me last night, got plenty of chortles out of it. The canned laughter jokes were dealt with early on, and Tosh Greenslade (and the cast)’s repeated thwarted attempts to impress Tom Hanks were hilarious.

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