Week 45

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1. Seven News Seven 1.285m
2. Nine News Saturday Nine 1.014m
3. ABC News ABC 0.950m
4. Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine 0.933m
5. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit Seven 0.848m
6. Rough Diamond ABC 0.830m
7. The Bill ABC 0.812m
8. ABC News Update ABC 0.805m
9. TEN News At Five TEN 0.727m
10. The Prince & Me Seven 0.683m
The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift TEN 0.632m
Rugby League World Cup Nine 0.404m
Rockwiz SBS 0.336m

Seven: 25.0
Nine: 24.9
ABC: 22.4
TEN: 19.2
SBS: 8.5


1. Better Homes And Gardens Seven 1.432
2. Seven News Seven 1.298
3. Today Tonight Seven 1.143
4. Home And Away Seven 1.137
5. Two And A Half Men Nine 1.097
6. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban Nine 1.076
7. Nine News Nine 1.062
8. Taggart ABC 1.049
9. ABC News ABC 1.019
10. A Current Affair Nine 0.979m
Transporter 2 Seven 0.829m
Murphy’s Law ABC 0.624m
X-Men: The Last Stand TEN 0.592m
Ice Road Truckers TEN 0.573m

Seven/ Nine: 28.6
ABC: 20.0
TEN: 17.9
SBS: 4.9


1. Seven News Seven 1.329
2. Today Tonight Seven 1.283
3. Law & Order: CI TEN 1.211
4. Home And Away Seven 1.203
5. The Amazing Race Seven 1.015
6. Two And A Half Men Nine 0.997m
7. ABC News ABC 0.995m
8. Make Me A Supermodel Seven 0.985m
9. Getaway Nine 0.968m
10. Bones Seven 0.942m
11. The 7.30 Report ABC 0.926m
12. Nine News Nine 0.903m
13. A Current Affair Nine 0.879m
14. RPA Nine 0.838m
15. The Strip Nine 0.834m
16. Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? TEN 0.805m
17. Ben Chifley’s Battle For Coal ABC 0.795m
18. Law And Order: SVU TEN 0.790m
19. Neighbours TEN 0.786m
20. Catalyst ABC 0.782m
Johnny O’Keefe: The Wild One 0.620m
Will & Grace 0.576m
Heroes 0.477m
ABC News Breakfast 0.006m

Seven: 29.2
Nine: 25.3
TEN: 22.9
ABC: 18.2
SBS: 4.4


1. Seven News Seven 1.604
2. Criminal Minds Seven 1.519
3. Two And A Half Men 8pm Nine 1.495
4. Two And A Half Men 7:30pm Nine 1.471
5. Today Tonight Seven 1.337
6. ABC News ABC 1.259
7. Two And A Half Men 7pm Nine 1.240
8. Home And Away Seven 1.229
9. Nine News Nine 1.219
10. Spicks and Specks ABC 1.216
11. Crash Scene Investigators Seven 1.168
12. Criminal Minds 9.30pm Seven 1.162
13. A Current Affair Nine 1.139
14. The 7.30 Report ABC 1.090m
15. Ten News At Five TEN 0.864m
16. The New Inventors ABC 0.838m
17. Deal Or No Deal Seven 0.814m
18. Neighbours TEN 0.787m
19. Stupid Stupid Man ABC 0.757m
20. Talladega Nights Nine 0.695m
Life 9:30pm 0.607m
Life 8:30pm 0.599m
Big Cat Diary 0.559m
Will & Grace 0.522m
ABC News Special: US Election Special 0.192m
Seven News Special – America Decides: Election 2008 0.183m
Nine Afternoon News  0.182m
Newstopia SBS 0.167m
Nine News Special: US Election 0.157m
America Decides: Presidential Election Result Live 2008 (SBS) 0.082m
ABC News Special: US Election Coverage (ABC) 0.081m
ABC News Breakfast 0.010m

Seven: 32.6
Nine: 26.2
ABC: 19.8
TEN: 16.0
SBS: 5.3


1. Melbourne Cup-The Race Seven 2.156
2. Packed To The Rafters Seven 2.067
3. Find My Family Seven 1.783
4. The Zoo Seven 1.721
5. Seven News Seven 1.515
6. Home And Away Seven 1.416
7. Today Tonight Seven 1.333
8. All Saints Seven 1.295
9. NCIS TEN 1.239
10. Two And A Half Men 7pm Nine 1.172
11. Nine News Nine 1.160
12. 2008 Melbourne Cup Carnival Late Seven 1.159
13. ABC News ABC 1.144
14. A Current Affair Nine 1.068m
15. The Chopping Block Nine 0.962m
16. 20 To 1 Nine 0.944m
17. The Simpsons TEN 0.932m
18. The 7.30 Report ABC 0.907m
19. Rush TEN 0.886m
20. Deal Or No Deal Seven 0.866m
Two and a Half Men 8.30 0.822m
Two and a Half Men 9pm 0.807m
Kenny’s World 0.806m
ABC News Breakfast 0.012m

Seven: 36.9
Nine: 23.3
TEN: 21.0
ABC: 14.2
SBS: 4.6


1. Seven News Seven 1.371
2. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nine 1.318
3. Two and a Half Men Nine 1.265
4. Today Tonight Seven 1.248
5. A Current Affair Nine 1.202
6. Home and Away Seven 1.198
7. City Homicide Seven 1.167
8. Nine News Nine 1.148
9. ABC News ABC 1.132
10. Til Death Nine 1.032
11. Bones Seven 1.002
12. The Rich List Seven 0.966m
13. Australian Idol TEN 0.965m
14. Australian Story ABC 0.950m
15. The 7:30 Report ABC 0.934m
Cold Case 0.832m
Good News Week 0.826m
Neighbours 0.801m
Four Corners 0.794m
Deal or No Deal 0.698m
Top Gear Australia 0.653m
Will and Grace 0.610m
Supernatural 0.581m
Antiques Roadshow 0.515m
Sunrise 0.413m
Today 0.257m
The Morning Show 0.202m
Mornings with Kerri-Anne 0.128m
9AM with David and Kim 0.078m
ABC News Breakfast 0.008m

Nine: 28.0
Seven: 27.5
ABC: 19.2
TEN: 18.5
SBS: 6.8


1. Dancing With The Stars Seven 1.384
2. Seven News Seven 1.370
3. Australian Idol TEN 1.218
4. 60 Minutes Nine 1.181
5. 20 To 1 Nine 1.132
6. Kath & Kim Seven 1.101
7. Nine News Nine 1.101
8. Rove TEN 1.048
9. ABC News ABC 1.018
10. The Outdoor Room Seven 1.005
11. Rugby League World Cup Nine 0.900m
12. Trek: Spy On The Wildebeest ABC 0.870m
13. A Touch Of Frost Seven 0.825m
14. Thank God You’re Here TEN 0.783m
15. NCIS TEN 0.738m
16. TEN News At Five TEN 0.737m
17. Gideon’s Daughter ABC 0.659m
18. Sports Tonight TEN 0.651m
19. The Einstein Factor ABC 0.646m
20. ABC News Up-Date ABC 0.641m
Californication TEN 0.448m
Who Do You Think You Are? SBS 0.253m
First Australians SBS 240m
The Office TEN 0.237m
2008 Boyer Lecture By Rupert Murdoch ABC 0.220m

Seven: 29.4
Nine: 28.0
TEN: 22.7
ABC: 15.7
SBS: 4.2


  1. I’m at a loss in understanding how the ratings can be viewed as even close to accurate when it comes to shows like Supernatural. I know there is a huge audience out there for this show yet it doesn’t reflect in the ratings each week. I have to wonder if the sample taken is a fair representation of the viewing public because not one of the dozens and dozens of very mixed demographic viewers that I know who watch this show have ever been part of the ratings sample.

  2. hey david, just want to know if your able to put up ten news at 5’s ratings for tonight 2mrw, im just curious to know whether the more aussies tuned in because of the news on the bali bombings. cheers m8

  3. I think that Breakfast should be on ABC1 instead, because some viewers don’t have access to digital TVs like my parents. I have an analog TV myself but I get ABC2 anyway because I brought one of those DVD recorders that has a digital TV tuner built into it.

    Also, ABC1 is where the ABC’s main news programs are, and shifting Breakfast into 06:00 to 09:00 each day on ABC1 will help improve its ratings. The ABC can show children’s programs for three hours after that. What do you think about this.

  4. Young Doctors @ 7pm! I forgot all about that. H&A needs another shock to get back on track. Echo Point brought Bobby back to the Bay. Alisa has also come back. Maybe Roo could come back this time?

  5. Saturday was a pretty poor night; only 2 shows getting over 1 mil. I see Wipeout failed in the 7:30 Sat position; it was a repeat anyway, that may explain it. Eng vs. NZ appeared to absolutely bomb. 2.5 men is sure to be going down the gurgler in the next few months, expect it to be on even more in summer; maybe 7pm to 8pm nightly?

  6. Sorry, but I have to jump on the Supernatural bandwagon too. It may be targeted at a specific audience, but it actually appeals to a broad range of ages and both genders, if my family is any indication. We are huge fans of the show, having watched every episode of every season, and with ages ranging from 16 years to 60, there’s not a 12 year old in sight. That includes both 20yr old and 57yr old males, who enjoy the show just as much as the females.

    The show has developed from its early days of the hunting heroes’ random battling of evil spirits, into a well-developed and compelling story arc where all Hell literally breaks loose. The show is extremely clever, with a wicked sense of humour, and switches easily from light to dark. Episodes such as Mystery Spot from Season 3 and last week’s Season 4 episode Yellow Fever must rate as absolute classics, and if you think that the supernatural element is not heavy enough, then I guess you missed it when the beast-emerging-in-Sam beheaded a hunter-turned-vampire with a piece of wire. That the lead actors are impossibly good-looking and so charismatic is just an added bonus, and the fact that they, and the show itself, are prepared to not take themselves too seriously is delightful. (I will never ever stop enjoying Dean screaming at the cat).

    That the show is drawing modest ratings is probably the result of viewers such as Richo TB writing the show off after watching a few episodes of the first season. That it’s now in its fourth season endorses it’s appeal and popularity and proves that it’s doing something right. It’s a shame that there’s a potential audience out there that just don’t realise what they’re missing.

  7. I’m sure that channel 9 have learned that ~800k in a 9.30 slot is not so terrible, and the ratings since canal road have been evidence of this. I’m glad i didn’t start watching it.

  8. Yes nick you are right about Aussie dramas needing a decent go here are a couple of examples that I know about that proved that Aussie shows need a decent go

    1 neighbors
    When it was canned by seven channel 10 picked it up and it was still struggling so much so that channel 10 were dusting off mash repeats but they gave neighbors more of a chance and it took off and almost 25 years later it is still going

    2 home and away
    Home and away was not exactly a ratings hit when it first started and was almost canned by seven but I think they changed the timeslots around a bit and it took off and over 20 years later it is still running

    3 a country practice
    Channel seven aired this in the non ratings period of 1981 thinking it would flop but it was a massive hit from the start

  9. I think it would be safe to say that SN is targeted to women aged between 18-34, given that is the prime target for the CW. 12-14 year olds don’t make much money for advertisers in prime time anyway.

  10. Nick ITA ch9 should at least air the final 2 Canal Road eps as there is no way in hell I’m paying for the DVDs, especially since they didn’t even bother to make them in 16×9 what the show is aired in HD!

  11. The Strip is still sinking lower and lower. I reckon Channel 9 should air Canal Road over summer in an 8.30 timeslot. Canal Road had similar ratings at 9.30 for its second episode on a wed night. Aussie Dramas need a decent go. Interseting rumour about Young Doctors moving into a 7pm timeslot, competing with the existing Home and Away market could be tough! We shall see what decision they make…

  12. Hey Jacket..

    glad someone agrees with me about SN.. defintally not for 12-14 years old… I have got a couple 12 year olds converted to SN.. but still all the same, some episodes I would not let them watch.. I was so iffy about letting them see it as well.. i choice my episdoes well. It was halloween night so I thought it was okay.. need to convert them to sci-fi early now don’t we? -winks-

    However.. still.. my point still stands.. SN is not aimed at 12-14 year old girls. thanks for agreeing with me.

    The SN con is going to amazing.. too bad I’m off to Vancouver on Monday.. Oh wait… Vancouver…. the SN home state! =P I’m very excited.

  13. RichoTB … as a fan of Supernatural I am in my 50’s and have many male and female friends of similar age….. certainly not 12 -14yr olds…
    There is a Supernatural Convention being held in Sydney in 2009 and I doubt it was the 12 – 14 age group who have sold out the $1400 and $800 tickets !!!!! in just a few weeks of release.
    Supernatural’s popularity is over a wide range of age groups.

  14. That Ice Road Truckers figure isn’t too bad for only 4 markets. It’s rating higher than Download atleast.

    @ Harry, surprisingly Better Homes actually consistantly wins 18-49’s, 25-54’s and on many occassions 16-39’s, but i’m guessing Potter would have won that demo last night.

  15. Breakfast should be on ABC1, but they can’t put it there and move the kids’ shows to ABC2 because imagine the whingeing from people who can’t be bothered to go out and buy a $50 set-top box from Dick Smith.

  16. I’ve been recording The Strip but haven’t watched it since the 3rd episode, might catch up with it over the summer. I still like Heroes but the bad 2nd season and writers strike took their toll on the once great show, ditto for Prison Break, it should have ended last season.

  17. TEN s**ts all over both of them. Honestly, I cant believe 2.5 men on 9 still rates and I cant believe so many people watch The Zoo and All Saints on 7. The Strip is quite boring as well. Horrible. The process they use to determine ratings is false and isnt accurate at all.

  18. Great to see TAR beat The Strip. The Strip is awful. Horrible acting, crappy scripts, just nowhere near as good as City Homicide. Vanessa Grey cannot act.

  19. Heroes has been epic this season, and infinitely better than season 2. They got rid of a bunch of useless characters and added a load more villains to even the sides out, and its gotten better as a result. NBC made a mistake by firing 2 producers I reckon, oh and it isn’t “bombing” in the US, sure it lost something like 3 million viewers between seasons 2 and 3, but its been up against juggernauts like Dancing With The Stars, which is America’s top-rated show next to American Idol, and after a 10 month hiatus its doing rather respectable figures. And saying it “doesn’t have a future” in America is just silly, just because the network bigwigs are screwing behind the scenes as usual doesn’t mean it will be axed, its still one of the highest-rating shows on that network. And as for critics, those people’s opinions don’t mean jack. They’re the folk that love pseudo-witty jargon like 30 Rock and Mad Men, and those are two of the most boring shows on TV IMO. I agree with the point that someone made about serialised shows being the new 10:30pm slot-fillers though. 24 has been airing there for years and thats one of the best shows on TV, and now LOST, Prison Break, and other shows are inhabiting that slot as well.

  20. What a reversal this week has been. Sunday and Thursday falling to 7, and Monday to 9 – albeit against a non competing 7. Had 7 stuck with new City Homicide Border/The Force, I have a feeling this would have been one of their biggest weekly wins outside the olympics.

    Ten have stumbled across a hit in Criminal Intent again, timeslot winning and one of their highest rating shows.

    9 absolutely fell apart, nothing over 1 million, skewing old and the always reliable RPA taking a big hit with increased competition from Bones. The Strip is really ruining their whole night.

    Model, whilst poor in total figures is doing well in demos and is now winning it’s timeslot, could it get renewed? If it doesn’t I can see Jen defecting from 7 after her 1 year contract expires. Bones did well at 9.30, winning it’s timeslot in total people, 16-39’s, 18-49’s and 25-54’s. But it was the season 3 finale and could have done better if 7 bothered to update their own guides! Cannot believe Heroes once rated over 2mill, and has now become late night fodder.

  21. Benno, Heroes does not rate anymore, it lost its audience a long time ago and thats a reality. Channel 7 is a business and can’t be expected to shoot itself in the foot with their advertisers (whoes money allows them to exist in the first place to screen Heroes in any time slot) just to please a small portion of niche viewers.

    If every network kept all their low rating shows on to “keep fans happy” they would all be out of business.

    Obviously you like particular shows that have been moved and you’re passionate about that, but your expectations of what Channel 7 or any other network should do with low rating shows like Heroes are entirely unrealistic.

    Channel 7 will not lose viewers in droves just because Heroes has been moved or Prison Break taken off, people don’t barr networks all together because of how they’ve dealt with one show (then they would deprive themselves of all the other programs – totall ridiculous). If they miss their shows that badly they can download them. Reality Check

  22. Why was Heroes on at 10-30pm last night? I got very confused myself.. could this be the reason for the low ratings on Heroes last night? Because 0.477 is bad even for Heroes!

  23. Considering that ABC3 is supposed to be ABC Kids, this would free up the main ABC1 channel to broadcast breakfast in due course (or move it to their 24/7 news channel they want)…

    This is where the american style rating system would come in handy! What proportion of viewers, who can get ABC2, are actually watching the show…

  24. Disappointed that 7 killed my Thursday night but look forward to the fact that having Prison Break run during summer means we will see more than just 3 episodes till the end of ratings season. And hopefully with Heroes not doing so well they’ll just leave it on Thursdays during summer to run its course – unlike last year we were left hanging for 9 months for the last 2 episodes.

    As a Heroes fan I understand why it is not performing well – story lines are getting complicated and very confusing for new viewers to pick up. Only die hard fans remain.

  25. That’s and embarrassing loss for Nine. Seven’s weakest night and they still get pumped by 4%. I don’t think we will be seeing The Strip next year and Seven must be wrapped MMAS won it’s timeslot. I get the feeling it may get a second season because it’s been consistently around 900,000-1million viewers each week.

  26. Benno, r u sure? i doubt anyone will think twice about watching another show on 7 just because of this, surely a very small few but nothing worth suiciding in the ratings.

    especially as 7 probably has the best record out of the big 3 evils when it comes to axings. 10:30, i think is very appropriate, that is where serials shows that need strong fans to watch every episode will belong into the future and its very rare that a struggling show in america does well here.

    i do sympathise with you about PB though, but i guess Nov 29 isn’t that far away now as opposed to if they pushed it to summer in january

  27. Heroes gets demos, bones does not. It is only a few weeks to go til the end of the ratings season, they are the winning network, surely they could afford to keep it on and keep fans happy. But no, they chose to ignore them, not tell them their shows are being replaced. That is not how to keep viewers happy. Just look at the channel seven message boards, go on. Holding off episodes months later, not truly fast-tracking the show, and always being late is the prime reason why it went downhill so quickly here. This could have easily been avoided. So yes, ratings are lower than they could be, but it is mostly 7’s fault. I don’t watch it on seven, so it doesn’t personally affect me either, but i don’t like to see other fans screwed over.

  28. @ benno, c’mon u couldn’t have seriously expected 7 to keep such low rating heroes at 9:30 especially when its not looking good in america and it obviously had no future there. even some of my extreem fan friends are saying it has lost it. i stopped watching after season 1 so i can’t speak personally.
    with the #’s it was getting other networks would have axed it, ur lucky its on at 10:30. its just a shame PB had to go with it.

    bones did better than i thought given the new timeslot and all. i guess the cliffhanger made a lot of people note that it was on and tune in

    ABC news breakfast gets 6,000 viewers, imagine how few people meters that is.

    good to see 2.5men getting more less than 1mils

  29. Why isn’t the ABC Breakfast show on ABC1?

    Bones beat L&O SVU and RPA but still didn’t crack 1 million, did the season final suffer from being moved? hard to tell.

    And Heroes with just 477k, no shock it’s down on the 624k it got last week. But at least it’s still on unlike Fringe, Prison Break, Burn Notice or 90210!

  30. The ”ABC News Breakfast” should be on ABC1 (in my opinion), but that means some children’s shows (like Play School, Sesame Street and other kids shows) getting the flick. It’s a tough one.

    And it was interesting to see the ‘daytime figures’ for Wednesday for the USA elections.

  31. Jerome, a good move in the extreme short term. Almost all viewers of prison break and heroes despite channel seven now i am sure. That combined with hundreds of thousands of other viewers shown the finger so to speak will be much more hesitant to watch that channel from now on. But as long as they win the night and the year, that’s all that matters.

  32. RichoTB, life didn’t do much better on Wednesday: 5.82m (18-49) 2.0/5 (18-34) 1.4/4. But it did beat Knight Rider, so it might last til the end of the season.

  33. 7 wins thursday, what? and by 4%
    i guess bumping heroes, dumping PB, and putting in Bones was a good move,

    bones did alright in a new timeslot only losing 50k from monday, (esp. with that tv guide drama) unlike the mentalist which lost 500k in a new timeslot.

    cringe at 9 news, ABC is starting to beat them a lot more frequently now. – today by 100k!

  34. and for your information Supernatural is rated MA15+ on the dvds…which explaines why its on at 9-30pm and is no where near aimed at 1214 year old girls.

  35. RichoTB


    everyone is entitled to their oppinion.. but.. SN.. may be a CW show, but in OZ it appeals to all ages… and I’m defintally not a 14 year old girl. I will tell you now I am in my late 20’s.. i know ppl who are 40 and love it.. I know ppl who are 16 and love it as well…It’s not poor at all. .I wonder if you’ve even seen one single episode of Supernatural?

    I was a huge buffy fan myself as .. and well. i have to say.. Superntural has blown me away in the world of supernatural. Sorry..but I highly disagree with you.

  36. I don’t think Shaun Micallef is everyone’s cup of tea, but with that said, it’s a brilliant show. The weird timeslot (10:05pm) and the station (SBS) don’t really help the cause either

  37. Life is awesome – I’m 80% sure it’ll come back for a third season. In the US NBC gave it a vote of faith and moved it to the coveted 9pm Wednesday slot, out of the Friday Night death slot. As for whether it gets shown on Ten, I couldn’t care less. The network is still accountable for holding over 3 eps of season 1 last year 10 months after they aired in the US.

    Talladega is indeed a rather poor film, I found WF’s new one Step Brothers to be incredibly funny though.

    As far as SN goes, I’m not surprised the ratings are ailing. i) its a CW show ii) the audience is mostly 12-14 yr old girls and 9:30pm is pushing it for them and iii) as far as paranormal shows go, its rather poor. Buffy did the same concept infinitely better a couple of years back.

  38. ten ten ten! ooo ever since i found this site i never realised how bad you were doing! i also just realised that ten should not have documentarys or shows like cat diary, kennys world and ice truckers! there is so much great american prime time shows out. put them on!

  39. it would be interesting next year for channel 9 and 2.5 men.

    I can’t see them chucking it on at 7pm on repeats (they could try and see if it can still manage 1.2 mil rating). They’ll probably stick with the tuesday/wednesday new eps combination

    Maybe try The King of Queens

  40. Yes reports are Gossip Girl will make it’s ch9 debt this summer, more than a year behind Fox8 and the rest of the world. It’s a good show but ch9 may have left it’s run late.

    Life really needs House to help it in the ratings, should be better next week…

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