Hard Quiz, The Weekly win for ABC.

Viewers turn to ABC entertainment on Wednesday but Nine wins the night overall.

ABC continues to win key timeslots viewers cool on reality TV offerings.

Hard Quiz (544,000) and 7:30 (533,000) were both metro winners for ABC outranking MasterChef Australia (486,000), Celebrity Apprentice (383,000) and Big Brother (349,000)

Later The Weekly with Charlie Pickering led at 549,000 then You Can’t Ask That (346,000), Travel Guides (311,000), Five Bedrooms (269,000)

Nine network won Wednesday with 27.3% then Seven 26.4%, ABC 20.0%, 10 17.8% and SBS 8.5.%

Nine News (888,000 / 849,000) was best for Nine then A Current Affair (653,000) and Hot Seat (433,000 / 268,000). Nine News Late was 202,000.

Seven News was #1 at 1.o1m / 920,000 for Seven. The Chase topped entertainment at 592,000 / 364,000 then Home & Away (473,000) and Britain’s Got Talent (208,000).

ABC News was 651,000. QI (239,000) and The Drum (221,000) followed.

The Project drew 365,000 / 255,000 for 10. 10 News First was 324,000 / 207,000. Bull managed 148,000.

On SBS it was Tony Robinson: WWII by Drone (184,000), SBS World News (154,000 / 123,000), Big Ben: Restoring the World Famous Clock (124,000), Mastermind (77,000) and Cobra (58,000).

7TWO’s The Coroner led multichannels at 143,000. Housos: The Thong Warrior was 84,000.

Sunrise: 232,000
News Breakfast: 126,000 / 98,000
Today: 183,000

In Total TV viewers last Wednesday were:

Big Brother: 802,000
Travel Guides: 
MasterChef Australia: 810,000
Gruen Nation: 1.01m
Home & Away: 1.00m

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 25 May 2022

8 Responses

  1. Masterchef Australia – 486,000
    Celebrity Apprentice – 383,000
    Big Brother – 349,000

    I remember back in 2012 when another reality show, Excess Baggage made its debut – it was shuffled off to the secondary channel when it got 550,000. The landscape has changed since then but surely there is a point below which these reality shows will drop when some action must be taken?

    I am not closely enough connected to understand all of the realities of broadcasting and catch up figures but it would seem that a figure in the 300,000’s over night must be regarded as unacceptable.

    I think the networks need to have the courage to occasionally move programs that are faring badly.

    I note the drama Five Bedrooms is also in a bad place though that at least may be in part due to not being a premiere.

    1. In a 7:30 slot they really need 500k to warrant a renewal (unless they are shifting to a later slot) but as I’ve reported many times overnights are part of the story. The Total TV numbers are regularly posted and linked, including here which sees BB on par (or ahead) of MasterChef. Celeb Apprentice numbers next week. There’s no point to measure against numbers from a decade ago.

      1. David, I think Cyrus was a little bit harsh about the numbers. You get the feeling that these numbers are below 500k but as I said, there’s timeshift, streaming and catchup. Remember 10 years ago, there was no livestream platforms on catchup devices. Back in 2012, Masterchef used to rate about 900k to 1 million metro, but now its down to below 500k. But same things can apply for other shows. Give them time for these shows to increase in t/s numbers.

  2. Reality is just no longer entertaining…there’s nothing new and fun because any twists that could be done have already been done. Maybe less stripped reality programming and more comedies/factuals could work better next year?

  3. 7 must really be thinking how to work Big Brother better in linear Metro markets, because regional and consolidated are bumping it up and to also be number 1 in demos after the add-ons.

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