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Viewers turn to news & current affairs in flood disaster

Seven News and ACA both win, just 6,000 viewers split three breakfast shows. MasterChef & Cheap Seats win entertainment slots.

With floods ravaging Sydney, news and current affairs were strong on Tuesday.

Seven News was #1 at 968,000 / 947,000 ahead of Nine News (938,000 / 927,000) but the latter won in Sydney. A Current Affair was also high for Nine at 719,000.

Just 6,000 viewers split all 3 Breakfast shows yesterday morning with live flood coverage.

Sunrise narrowly led the slot at 194,000 metro viewers, ahead of ABC’s News Breakfast at 189,000 over two channels (120,000 / 69,000) and Nine’s Today on 188,000.

Meanwhile 10 shows again led key entertainment slots last night.

MasterChef Australia topped entertainment losing favourite Julie Goodwin at 587,000 metro viewers, ahead of 7:30 and Australian Ninja Warrior (both 470,000), The ABC Of (399,000), Big Brother (322,000) and Who Do You Think You Are? (207,000).

Later The Cheap Seats also won at 387,000 then Matt Wright’s Wild Territory (266,000 from 9:25pm), The Good Doctor (202,000), Looking Black (183,000) and True Colours (118,000).

Nine network won Tuesday with  30.7% then Seven 24.8%, 10 20.2%, ABC 16.5% and SBS 10.1%.

Hot Seat drew 469,000 / 298,000 for Nine.

The Chase led for Seven on 555,000 / 308,000 with Home & Away on 475,000. Nurses wrapped at 111,000.

The Project drew 363,000 / 252,000 for 10. 10 News First was 319,000 / 219,000. NCIS was 133,000.

ABC News pulled 596,000. The Drum (161,000) and Firestarter: The Story Of Bangarra followed.

On SBS it was SBS World News (156,000 / 117,000), Tour de France (104,000 across the network) and Mastermind (64,000).

Wimbledon topped multichannels at 138,000 although it was a tie with ABC Kids’ Nella The Princess Knight.

In Total TV numbers last Tuesday were:

The Rookie: 383,000
The Good Doctor: 490,000
Who Do You Think You Are?: 634,000
Australian Ninja Warrior: 774,000
The ABC Of: 754,000
MasterChef Australia: 904,000

OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 5 July 2022

7 Responses

  1. First sentence attempted humour yes.
    By 4 major networks I was thinking more of ABC, 7 ,9 and 10 (rather than SBS, 9Go etc.)

    It seems to be a ridiculously low figure for such a large market.

    I suspect even those wonder ladders get better ratings late night on 7,9,10.

      1. Sydney was 44 viewers on it’s second day on-air.
        Not the lowest though, Perth this Tuesday with 43 viewers.
        Week 2 looks likely to be a lower weekly average than week 1.

  2. So Channel 10 bypassed you and sent the scoop to The Australian about their new morning news ratings juggernaut.

    “In what could potentially be the worst ever ratings in Australian TV history, 10 News First: Breakfast debuted at 8am last Monday and according to The Australian, it recorded just 44 viewers in Sydney on its second day on-air”

    Seriously, are you aware of any other past double digit viewers on the 4 major networks that you could share?

    1. Assuming that was humour…. there are plenty of shows that have attracted 1,000 average viewers. New SBS Worldwatch channel is 0.0% every day. I haven’t been able to verify the 44 number which is not an average, so you should ask The Australian that question.

        1. 7food ran for a year so I would expect at least that for Worldwatch. You don’t back out of a channel 2 months after you’ve launched it. They’ve indicated they never expect the share to be high given the niche shows and the fact you’re swapping audiences at the end of every bulletin due to the languages.

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