SBS shows dead in slot, Gogglebox leads entertainment.

Early evening shows on SBS can't sustain their slot. Seven & Nine tie on Thursday.

If you thought shows like Love Boat and Traitors were low in timeslots this week, spare a thought for SBS….

Last night it drew just 53,000 and 36,000 for its 7:30 and 8pm shows -far too low to remain in their slot.

Gogglebox topped entertainment and the demos at 458,000, ahead of an extended Home & Away (448,000 / 403,000 from 7pm), 7:30 (444,000), RBT (405,000) and Foreign Correspondent (325,000).

Later Paramedics led with 407,000 then Kath & Kim (236,000 / 211,000 / 185,000 / 149,000) and Q+A (221,000).

While Nine led in primary channels, Seven and Nine tied overall on 28.5% then 10 18.0%, ABC 17.2% and SBS 7.8%.

Seven News was #1 at 822,000 / 809,000. The Chase won with 436,000 / 300,000.

Nine News (733,000 / 707,000) was best for Nine. A Current Affair was 548,000 with Hot Seat on 328,000 / 213,000. A+E After Dark managed 230,000.

The Project pulled 285,000 / 176,000 for 10. 10 News First was 261,000 / 136,000. The Real Love Boat was 149,000 with a Cheap Seats replay at 71,000.

ABC News won with 584,000. The Drum (116,000) and One Plus One (111,000) followed.

On SBS it was SBS World News (129,000 / 109,000), World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (99,000), The Handmaid’s Tale (65,000 and more big lifts in Total TV), Dishing it Up (53,000) and Guillaume’s Paris (36,000).

McDonald & Dodds led multichannels at 140,000.

The Morning Show: 114,000 / 59,000
Today Extra: 92,000 / 45,000
Studio 10: 28,000 / 25,000

In Total TV numbers last Thursday were:

The Handmaid’s Tale: 524,000
The Real Love Boat: 336,000
Home & Away: 924,000
Paramedics: 708,000
Foreign Correspondent: 489,000

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 20 October 2022


10 Responses

  1. Achtung ! SBS needs to place an urgent call to The Bunker and order in some more racy Third Reich docos ASAP to boost their awful figures in prime time. Or surely there’s another feature on Victorian era sewage systems of olde London that could be re-used in emergencies like this ?
    As for TEN and the The Real Loveboat with 149,000 viewers nationally ( read that slowly – 149,000 poor souls in the five capital cities ) – well I reckon a quick U-boat strike would be probably the kindest way out here.

  2. Regarding the SBS shows, the timeslot itself on Thursday nights is established as the cooking show timeslot. That’s a good thing because you know what to expect, just like ABC’s comedy timeslot on Wednesday nights. It’s a good tactic and a foundation in itself, but also relies on the show selections.

    I’d suggest something like the Maeve O’Meara shows again for the timeslot, even repeats as the name can be considered a household name. When people see a well-known name like Maeve O’Meara, Rick Stein etc. in the guide or in promos, it’s a big drawcard.

    1. Thing is if you’re a foodie wouldn’t you go straight to SBS Food? That way you don’t have to think what days and timeslots you have to watch the main channel.

      1. That’s a good point. As a point of difference to SBS Food, it should be cooking programs that are exceptional, special, or are presented by very well-known or popular TV chefs for the SBS Thursday evening cooking timeslot compared to the usual offerings on SBS Food.

    2. There were less cooking shows made during the pandemic, and they have a food channel to fill. They were running Scenic River Cruises or Railway Journeys at 7:30pm, before they bumped it to 8:30pm. But Railway Journeys aren’t doing much better.

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