Quiet Thursday, tough for local drama.

Three first run dramas in primetime, only one of which is performing in Total TV numbers.

It was another quiet Thursday but not a great one for local drama.

While Home & Away drew 389,000 at least it is firing with viewers in Total TV where last Thursday was an impressive 907,000.

But SBS drama Erotic Stories was just 42,000 while 7mate’s Darradong Local Council was not much better at 45,000. In late slots, and one on a multi channel, they can’t be expected to draw big crowds, however neither has shown up on Total TV’s Top 30.

To be fair, by 9:30pm there weren’t exactly big crowds anywhere….

Meanwhile 7:30 led with 397,000 then RBT 389,000, an extended Home & Away from 7pm (389,000 / 337,000), The Amazing Race Australia: Celebrity (353,000), Martin Clunes: Islands of the South Pacific (331,000) and Every Family Has a Secret (171,000).

Later Emergency led at 309,000 then Grand Designs (291,000).

Nine network won Thursday with 27.3% then Seven 27.0%, ABC 19.9%, 10 16.9% and SBS 9.0%.

Nine News at 653,000 / 635,000 was best for Nine. A Current Affair led with 563,000 then Hot Seat (322,000 / 212,000). Big Miracles was 135,000.

Seven News was #1 at 799,000 / 760,000. The Chase topped entertainment at 428,000 / 267,000. Movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle was 167,000.

The Project pulled 248,000 / 160,000. 10 News First was 197,000 / 140,000. Law & Order: SVU was 137,000 then The Cheap Seats (83,000).

ABC News drew 500,000. Miriam Margolyes: Australia Unmasked (155,000) and The Drum (134,000) followed.

On SBS it was SBS World News (114,000 / 90,000), Luke Nguyen’s India (79,000), and Erotic Stories (42,000).

Andy & the Band on ABC Kids led multichannels at 103,000.

The Morning Show: 131,000 / 92,000
Today Extra: 102,000 / 78,000

In Total TV numbers last Thursday were:

The Amazing Race Australia: Celebrity: 695,000
Celebrity Gogglebox: 794,000
Every Family Has a Secret: 315,000
Home & Away: 907,000
Football: Matildas v Iran: 553,000
Martin Clunes: Islands of the South Pacific: 535,000

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 2 November 2023

8 Responses

  1. I guess with numbers like this on the primary channel I shouldn’t be surprised 10 minutes of The Brokenwood Mysteries was cut out during broadcast😂. Though I was surprised they didn’t add it back in to the NineNow version.

  2. I’ve been watching Darradong Local Council the past couple of weeks and I’m really enjoying it. It has a really good mix of characters, there all quite different from each other and the interactions are brilliant! I couldn’t stop laughing last night, some really funny moments!

    I should also say it’s not Housos at a council office, though it does carry a number of people over from past shows, it is it’s own show with some unique story lines. If you were 50/50 on watching it, I’d suggest checking it out when you get the chance.

  3. Such a shame to see Erotic Stories flopping. I have watched the first two episodes and have found it very entertaining and enjoyable. The timeslot isn’t helpful!

  4. People have to watch the catch-ups and recordings that are in the total figures sometime. Seven wins on Thursday because they have extra episodes of H&A they need to show to keep with the overseas schedule.

  5. Really low numbers for everything really, not just drama. Even the news services are well down on their standard Thursday numbers. A permanent exodus or just the warming weather trend. I would have thought news viewership would have been up with ongoing significant stories like bushfires affecting many parts of the country and the war in Israel/Gaza. Nine News with a 6 in front of it during the week is uniquely poor.

    It was only a few years ago when everything getting numbers like seen in today’s table would have been cancelled, but of course you cannot void your entire schedule so what are the networks to do? Simply accept the diminution in numbers and not respond in any way as has been their philosophy to date? I have no answers and can only say this is a shocking set of numbers.

      1. David, you have me pinned correctly. I watch very little live apart from Programs of the Moment like news bulletins and then usually on partial delay so that I can skip through the unwanted bits. I suppose my argument though is that the networks do not even want to have a fight against this. How low can numbers of live viewers go before all content becomes unviable? Would 100,000 for the main news services still make it worth screening (gives a sideways glance at Channel Ten.)

        1. Next year we are expecting a ratings overhaul with VOZ to become the new standard. This will lift everything. What I’d like further detail on is how it rolls out, ie. is Total TV available at 10am or do ratings move to afternoons etc. Unclear…

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