Front Bar gamble paying off for Seven

Seven show is building an audience through Live TV and a national AFL approach. ABC's The Weekly still wins the slot.

Seven’s gamble in screening The Front Bar in an 8:30 timeslot -including in Sydney and Brisbane- is paying off.

Last night it drew 557,000 -up from 466,000 the previous week-  as the network adopts a national approach on its AFL. It is also another reminder of the appeal of Live television.

Home & Away was also the top entertainment drawcard at 819,000 viewers in National TV Audience -pretty remarkable after 35+ years for a local drama.

Seven enjoyed a win with The 1% Club UK at 733,000, pipping 7:30 (714,000), Hard Quiz (706,000), I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here! (641,000), Gordon Ramsay’s Food Stars (424,000) and Alone Australia (305,000).

Later The Weekly with Charlie Pickering drew 612,000 then The Front Bar (557,000) and Australian Crime Stories: The Investigators (303,000).

Seven News led with 1.33m then The Chase (655,000). Talking Footy was 211,000.

Nine News averaged 1.18m with A Current Affair winning at 1.01m along with Tipping Point‘s 709,000. Footy Classifed pulled 105,000.

ABC News drew 898,000. Hard Quiz replay (371,000), White Fever (237,000), QI (230,000), Planet America (203,000) followed.

The Project scored 332,000 then Deal or No Deal (324,000), 10 News First (322,000) and FBI International (186,000 / 112,000).

On SBS it was SBS World News (202,000 / 172,000), Jimmy Carr’s I Literally Just Told You (126,000), Mastermind (90,000) and Litvinenko (77,000).

Sunrise: 393,000
Today: 368,000
News Breakfast: 247,000

National Total TV: Wednesday 17 April 2024

6 Responses

  1. I think the fact they’ve now given it a regular slot on a Wednesday night, rather than moving it between Wednesday’s and Thursday’s each week helps too. That being said it will be shown on a Tuesday night next week due to an AFL game being played on the Wednesday, but that’s a one-off due to Anzac day.

  2. I live in NSW. I don’t watch the AFL but I’ve been tuning into The Front Bar for a few years, it’s the hosts, the jokes. You don’t have to follow the AFL to really enjoy it.

  3. Re: The Front Bar. It’s great that a network has the courage to put on a show hosted by three middle-aged men speaking with strong Aussie accents (where most of their guests have these same characteristics). And the viewing public love it. Well done Seven!

  4. I have zero interest in AFL, but enjoy enough of The Front Bar to watch.

    Like The Footy Show (AFL-PM Show) in its prime, they have found a way of broadening the audience, while still keeping it football focused and not upsetting the backpage of the newspaper scarf wearing fanatics.

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