Australian Story high for ABC, Big Brother low for Seven.

Have You Been Paying Attention? wraps another strong year on 10. Love Island sees big lift in Total TV.

Once a ratings juggernaut, Big Brother returned to just 274,000 metro viewers in its 15th season on Australian television.

Reflecting that’s well down on 2022’s 487,000 premiere, viewers took to social media to criticise the casting of singles in a faux dating show.

It was Australian Story, with a Libbi Gorr profile, that won its slot at an impressive 571,000 then 7:30 (462,000), a Masked Singer recap (379,000), My Mum Your Dad (312,000) and Big Brother (274,000).

Later Have You Been Paying Attention? wrapped its 2023 season with 567,000 then Four Corners (398,000) and Media Watch (391,000).

Nine network won Monday with 26.4% then Seven 25.2%, 10 20.7%, ABC 20.2% and SBS 7.5%.

Nine News  (754,000 / 751,000) was best for Nine then A Current Affair (646,000) and Hot Seat (334,000 / 223,000). Million Dollar Murders was 171,000.

Seven News was #1 at 848,000 / 841,000. The Chase pulled 530,000 / 305,000 then Home & Away (426,000). SWAT was 146,000 / 111,000.

The Project drew 293,000 / 155,000. 10 News First was 220,000 / 134,000. A Melbourne Cup Preview was 149,000.

ABC News was 515,000. Q+A (219,000) and The Drum (140,000) followed.

On SBS it was SBS World News (145,000 / 131,000), then Finding Your Roots (100,000), Jackie And Lee: A Tale Of Two Sisters (74,000) and Secrets Of The Tower Of London (49,000).

Death in Paradise on 9GEM led multichannels at 105,000.

Sunrise: 220,000
Today: 196,000
News Breakfast: 88,000 / 43,000

Meanwhile Love Island has seen a huge lift in Total TV numbers -from 167,00 metro premiere to 524,000 including Regional.

In Total TV numbers last Monday were:

Love Island: 524,000
The Block: 1.22m
Media Watch: 667,000
SWAT: 312,000
Have You Been Paying Attention?:  998,000
SAS Australia: 738,000
Home & Away: 961,000

OzTAM Overnights: Monday 6 November 2023

31 Responses

  1. Hey Big Brother, I need to say something. I’m worried about you. See, you once used to be this ratings juggernaut, must watch television. And I know you long for those days again. But it seems to me that things have gone wrong in recent years.
    So let me help you out. Here are three steps you can do to make the show better like it once was.
    1. Go Live. That means no more pre-recording the show a year in advance. It needs to be happening live as it happens.
    2. Diversify your cast. Yes, the young ones bring something to look at, but we get that everywhere else on television. We need the conversations to be reflecting the conversations that are happening in society today.
    3. Trust the public. The public needs the vote back. Not just for crowning the winner, but for every elimination.
    Thank’s Big Brother, Hope you get better soon.

  2. If Ch7 want BB to succeed next year, they need to look at how the UK relaunched this year.

    The casting is amazing.
    House is brilliant (don’t get me started on how cheap/bad the Aus house looks this year in comparison).
    It’s gone back to basics and had a fantastic marketing campaign, which continued (in smaller ways) throughout the broadcast.

    It’s been very successful in ratings (told advertisers they’d be happy with 1.02 average and has been getting 2.1 million average).

  3. Those housemates on BB were all plastic and fake looking people. All looked like models with fillers everywhere you looked. None of the housemates had a personality. I much preferred the BB with Gretel Killeen. At least the BB housemates back when she hosted were relatable and had a personality. IE your average Aussie. I’m not surprised they didn’t do well in the ratings.

  4. I only watched original BB….this new one has just flooded the internet with negative comments…and I mean flooded…..everyone is chatting…commenting…all in a bad way.

  5. The marketing for Big Brother was really sending mixed signals. On one hand they were playing up how it was hot, fit, young attractive people basically hooking up. If your after that sort of show then generally you want the nudity, dirty details and a voyeuristic experience. Then on the other hand there were press releases going on about how it was going to be good family viewing with no nudity, swearing or questionable behaviour. Which again if your looking for something to watch with the kids generally people hooking up isn’t it. So I don’t know who exactly this strange marketing was going to appeal to.

  6. My Mum Your Dad is not exactly smashing it out of the park either – pretty poor numbers.

    I haven’t watched it this season, but I did watch it last season. Then I thought the connections between the parents and children were the best bit. But I wondered how they could keep that up this season now that the parents would be awake to the fact that the children are directing things from behind. That, for me, would change the whole dynamics of the show.

  7. I find it kind of sad that I have to watch BB UK and BB US, which is having its live 25th season finale on Friday morning our time, because our version really really sucks. Why does Australian version have to be so cringeworthy. Annoying.

    1. Nope didn’t make the Top 5 by the Ratings page as per the OzTAM Overnights: Monday 6 November 2023 link above in the article.

      I thought it may have picked up with BVOD overnights as that’s often done well for that Demo, however even for that it only got 50,000: virtualoz.com.au/report/daily-overnight-top-30-programs (500,000 all up with Regional in), who knows may pick-up for the week but doesn’t look great as of now.

        1. In the timeslot for 16-39 yeah, overall was 4th in Total Numbers for that Demo as by that Virtual Oz link above it gained 23,000 in BVOD 16-39, Seven would be happy all up as it went #2: 7 News at 6:30pm, #3: Home and Away, #4: Big Brother, #5 Seven News 6pm, with HYBPA taking #1 (but on later of course)..

  8. You could see a mile off that this wasn’t going to work. Get ready for Highway Patrol and Border Security repeats, by next week numbers will be catastrophic for Big Brother (Love island 2.0) if it stays at 7.30pm. It might even take the crown from Blow Up!

  9. Fascinating, but great that such a big audience tuned in to see Libbi Gorr on Australian Story. I had forgotten about her, and yet she was my era when I worked at the ABC. A fascinating look at a talented person who has weathered the storms. It jogged a lot of memories for me.

    Big Brother was predictably underwhelming. But then I again I have very low expectations for it, and they were met. The most profound statements were: words to the effect of ‘i just wanna buy more shoes’ and ‘she’s a choice bird’.

  10. Not sad to see BBAU tank. I’m skipping this season because it seems like Love Island in a house. Thankfully itvx have been showing Big Brother proper for my BB fix. Let’s hope next year, Seven and Endemol Shine go back to basics.

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