Melbourne switches to ABC News for Stage 4 restrictions

Ratings: Breaking press conference drives viewers to ABC News. Ninja Warrior leads in primetime entertainment.

Viewers turned to ABC News on Sunday afternoon to see Daniel Andrews announce Stage 4 restrictions for Melburnians.

Afternoon editions of Back Roads (575,000) and Offsiders (475,000), originally scheduled on ABC News channel, were shelved for the breaking press conference.  465,000 of that Back Roads audience was in Melbourne alone.

Meanwhile the 8pm curfew did little to impact primetime. Australian Ninja Warrior was the top entertainment drawcard at 898,000.

That outranked Farmer Wants a Wife (792,000), Shetland (616,000 from 7:40pm) and Bachelor in Paradise (488,000 from 7:30pm).

Later Vera drew 637,000 then 60 Minutes (662,000) and Between Two Worlds (279,000).

Nine network won Sunday with 30.9% then Seven 26.3%, ABC 19.2%, 10 14.7% and SBS 8.9%.

Nine News pulled 1.11m and a late edition was 337,000.

Seven News was #1 at 1.23m. Liar was just 137,000.

ABC News drew 891,000. Compass (223,000) and The Sound (101,000) followed.

The Sunday Project was 457,000 / 342,000 for 10 then 10 News First (342,000). FBI was 178,000.

On SBS it was SBS World News (243,000), The Day They Dropped The Bomb (241,000) and America’s Great Divide: Obama To Trump (170,000).

OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 2 August 2020

9 Responses

  1. Poor numbers for the ABC’s Countdown 2020 but a decent result for SBS and the Hiroshima documentary-a surprise to see a number of survivors who spoke good English and were still alive until recently after being so close to Ground Zero.

  2. Definately was on abc news as the other channels were still showing regular programming at 2.30 as it didn’t start till a couple minutes later so looked like they weren’t going to break into that programming to show it even though they did as soon as it started.

    1. Like how radio had long form drama before the advent of TV, people are shifting to the likes of Netflix, Stan, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+ now for drama, movies and docos where it is uninterupted and minus on-screen marketing. This leaves commercial FTA with only News, live Sport and so-caled reality junk as content that still rates, sadly.

  3. I’m liking the current season of Farmer. Seven have kept true to the format and I like the addition of the weekly catch-up. Although a new season could feature online catch-ups for the farmers (irrespective of the current Pandemic crisis). If 7 would like another season, they could be state based farmers and respective contenders (obviously only in states where restrictions are less tight). It might make the hugs and kisses a challenge, unless they self-isolate first….

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