Studio audience returns to Mad as Hell

MAFS, Hard Quiz and Mad as Hell were crowd pleasers last night, but it was a rough night for 10.

For the first time in months, a studio audience returned to Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell adding a sorely needed “live” feel to the show, which our trusty host was clearly relishing.

It was an almost-full house, masked and vaccinated at ABC Southbank studios, in keeping with Victorian Covid regulations.

The show won its slot at 487,000 metro viewers then Under Investigation (410,000), The Front Bar (349,000), Concorde: Secrets Behind the Crash (171,000), and Bull (158,000 / 153,000) last in its slot.

Earlier Married at First Sight 908,000 won then Hard Quiz (589,000), 7:30 (490,000), SAS Australia (365,000), Ambulance Australia (269,000) then Tony Robinson: the Thames at Night (161,000).

Nine network won Wednesday with 35.1% well ahead of Seven 25.1%, ABC 16.8%, 10 14.8% and SBS 8.3%.

Nine News drew 845,000 / 830,000 for Nine. A Current Affair won with 711,000 then Hot Seat (368,000 / 252,000) and late news (221,000).

Seven News was #1 at 953,000 / 897,000 for Seven. Home & Away was 495,000 then The Chase (478,000 / 297,000). Ambulance: Code Red was 169,000.

ABC News pulled 637,000 for ABC. Starstruck (209,000), The Drum (125,000) and Adam Hills: The Last Leg (124,000) followed.

The Project was 355,000 / 223,000 for 10. 10 News First was 292,000 / 207,000.

On SBS it was SBS World News (134,000 / 106,000), Mastermind (79,000) and Hidden Assets (70,000).

For the third night running 7TWO led multichannels, now with The Coroner (121,000).

Sunrise: 235,000
Today: 210,000
News Breakfast: 110,000 / 73,000

Total TV numbers for last Wednesday were:
Married at First Sight: 1.90m
Starstruck: 369,000
Home & Away: 1.02m
Mad as Hell: 852,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 23 February 2022

10 Responses

  1. Do you ever get the Total TV catch up numbers for the multi channels David?
    I’m just interested to know how Neighbours goes, as more viewers probably catch up on 10Play or Paramount+.

    1. It’s possible no, I asked 10 about The Project and everyone seemed pretty happy it hasn’t affected too much. I think comedy is the area mostly where it impacts. Hot Seat, not sure, I think it struggled a bit to keep crowds.

    1. They’ll hang in there I think ,SAS has 14 episodes so unless they have dragged that out more it’ll run its course where it is ,I think that’s the last we’ll see of DWTS for a while though.

  2. Hello David ,I guess the numbers are so low for Studio 10 they don’t rate a mention ,no wonder Sarah may leave the network.
    Do the executive’s at 10 worry about their ratings or are they just cruising along.

    1. A few points…. I file morning shows on Fridays each week… I asked about S10 numbers in recent Programmer’s Wrap which you can check… tabloid stories are mostly that, sooner or later some come to pass, but that story was merely based on a photo of pals.

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