Hard Quiz, Gruen too strong for competition.

ABC's hour of entertainment outshines Gogglebox, Parental Guidance, Big Brother & Bachelorette.

ABC’s ruling hour of entertainment from 8 – 9pm was a winner once again last night.

Hard Quiz led the entertainment stakes at 647,000 metro viewers.

That was well ahead of Parental Guidance (517,000), 7:30 (517,000), Big Brother: VIP (310,000) and The Bachelorette (249,000).

At 577,000 Gruen also defeated a special Wednesday finale for Gogglebox (533,000) then Emergency (300,000) and Preppers (267,000).

Nine network won Wednesday with 28.0% then Seven 26.4%, 10 19.4%, ABC 17.8% and SBS 8.4%.

Nine News (868,000 / 834,000) led for Nine. A Current Affair won its slot at 660,000 then Hot Seat (422,000 / 289,000) and Love Island (145,000).

Seven News was #1 at 918,000 / 911,000 for Seven. Home & Away drew 553,000 then The Chase (476,000 / 282,000) and America’s Got Talent (136,000).

The Project drew 368,000 / 268,000 for 10. 10 News First was 311,000 / 219,000. Lie with Me (149,000) and Bull (78,000) followed.

ABC News was 602,000 for ABC. The Drum (138,000) and Back (126,000) followed.

On SBS it was Michael Palin In North Korea (141,000), SBS World News (134,000 / 95,000), Michael Mosley’s Placebo Experiment (124,000) and Before We Die (68,000).

Bluey led multichannels at 159,000.

Sunrise: 241,000
Today: 223,000
News Breakfast: 129,000 / 80,000

In Total TV lifts last Wednesday were:
Love Island: 556,000
The Bachelorette: 545,000
Frayed: 458,000
Big Brother: VIP: 721,000
Parental Guidance: 984,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 10 November 2021

27 Responses

  1. with Ms Jenner, Omarosa & Danny out, i’m surprised BB VIP even rated that well, they were the most interesting people in there. If Thomas goes its surely all over red rover? Or maybe Luke has enough fans to keep people watching, i know Survivor is massively popular.

    Anyway i’m out mostly for that reason. I was reluctant to get drawn into another season of reality tv anyway, spending countless hours on BB when i could be watching something of more substance.

  2. It surprises me Hard Quiz rated so well. As soon as the contestants whose specialist subjects were Wallace & Gromit and Hanson left I turned out. Who could play along with a world disaster and Frisbees?

  3. I have to admit that Hard Quiz and Gruen are great formats in their own right. So it’s no surprise that they do well in the ratings. Though I prefer Hard Quiz more than Gruen as some of the commentary on Gruen goes into political territory.

    1. I think the construction of Hard Quiz is very clever in terms of the different component parts + the quirky nature of expert subject matters that people bring to the game. It is a format that could sell well overseas and it doesn’t have to rely on having a Tom Gleeson clone to host it, but just have someone willing to engage and go along with the silliness.

      I have to agree with Mattcoil in that I think Gruen has now gone past what it used to be. However the discussion on BTS the other night was a return to what the show used to be about and it was fascinating to see the insider’s insights as to how popular this band is and how it is marketed and the power they actual have. I also thought the new lady panellist was a breath of fresh air – not a big personality like the others, but when she spoke she was very insightful and cut through on a few of her observations.

  4. That is very low for Lie with Me and also clear that Ten have pretty much killed Bull.

    Below 900,000 for some of the major news services also suggests people have slipped into Summer mode already (or the erosion of free to air viewing is continuing apace.)

    Home and Away also seems to be settling into lower than average numbers mid-week at this point.

      1. It was also a Bull episode from 3 seasons ago that they have run half-a-dozen times and was just filling late night slot. The S6 ep. of Bull originally scheduled for 8:30pm is on next Wednesday before Lie With Me.
        I watched CSI, it’s not worse that later season of the original, and Before We Die (the Channel 4 version is much better than the badly written and acted, slow moving Swedish version which is based on (S2 of which is currently on Tuesday).

    1. ” Ten have pretty much killed Bull ” – well absolutely ….Channel Ten have a long and proud history of killing shows, I reckon if they were entrusted in taking care of the Baby Jesus then the New Testament would be a very short book indeed.

      1. Perhaps.

        I’ll admit to watching BB on Ten back in the day (their last season was terrible though), but I have no appetite for a heavily edited pre-recorded reunion series on Seven, as nice as it would be to see some old faces again.

        Nine and Seven have alienated long-time viewers with their more controlled approach to the franchise. I only watched the first series on Nine and it was so heavily butchered in trying to keep with a “family friendly” classification (even though the series typically aired past the M-rating watershed) that many scenes were virtually unintelligible due to poor editing and/or lack of context. Ironically, I don’t recall Ten ever being this bad even in their 7.00pm G-rated daily show years (though a PG rating meant something back then).

        I can see a lot of curious eyeballs tuning in for the premiere, but whether it will retain those numbers remains to be seen as I doubt that it will be able to capture the spark of the original run on Ten.

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