Week 48

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Final week (almost) a Seven sweep
Week 48 Top 100
Pay TV Week 48
ASTRA Week 48


1. Nine News Nine 1.184
2. Seven News Seven 1.158
3. Australia’s Funniest Home Videos Nine 1.011
4. ABC News ABC 0.963
5. Mountain With Griff Rhys Jones ABC 0.942
The Bill ABC 0.832
Polar Express Nine 0.801
Camp Rock Seven 0.709
Second Test – Australia V New Zealand Nine 0.695
Garfield 2 TEN 0.613
Jurassic Park TEN 0.569
X-Men 2 Seven 0.539

Nine: 26.0
ABC: 23.8
Seven: 23.0
TEN: 18.9
SBS: 8.4


1. Better Homes and Gardens Seven 1.353
2. Seven News Seven 1.327
3. Today Tonight Seven 1.241
4. Home and Away Seven 1.163
5. Nine News Nine 1.104
6. ABC News ABC 1.007
7. A Current Affair Nine 0.944m
8. Crocodile Dundee Nine 0.938m
9. Two and a Half Men Nine 0.884m
10. The Stepfather ABC 0.856m
Crocodile Dundee 2 Nine 0.825m
Die Another Day Seven 0.765m
Van Helsing TEN 0.604m
The Simpsons TEN 0.505m
The Bold And The Beautiful TEN 0.458m
Second Test Australia v New Zealand Nine 0.458m

Seven: 31.1
Nine: 29.8
TEN: 17.2
ABC: 16.5
SBS: 5.4


1. Seven News Seven 1.407
2. Today Tonight Seven 1.306
3. Home and Away Seven 1.237
4. Life After People Seven 1.134
5. Nine News Nine 1.121
6. Crime Investigation Australia Nine 1.113
7. ABC News ABC 1.098
8. A Current Affair Nine 1.004
9. Getaway Nine 0.993m
10. Law & Order: Criminal Intent TEN 0.992m
11. Two and a Half Men Nine 0.976
12. The 7:30 Report ABC 0.916
13. The Amazing Race Seven 0.893
14. Law and Order: SVU TEN 0.851
15. TEN News TEN 0.809
Bones Seven 0. 801m
Under 25: Young. Rich and Famous TEN 0.696m
The Simpsons TEN 0.535m
The Bold And The Beautiful TEN 0.469m
Will & Grace TEN 0.468m
RPA Nine 0.422m
Graham Kennedy: King of Television Nine 0.417m
Heroes Seven 0.367m
The Strip Nine 0.345m
Inspector Rex SBS 0.342m
Out Of The Blue TEN 0.307m

Seven: 31.0
Nine: 27.9
TEN: 20.1
ABC: 16.3
SBS: 4.6


1. Seven News Seven 1.395
2. Criminal Minds Seven 1.379
3. Today Tonight Seven 1.273
4. Two and A Half Men 7:30pm Nine 1.246
5. Home and Away Seven 1.240
6. Air Crash Investigations Seven 1.140
7. Nine News Nine 1.130
8. Two and A Half Men 7pm Nine 1.088
9. ABC News ABC 1.082
10. A Current Affair Nine 1.058
11. House TEN 1.020
12. The New Inventors ABC 1.009
13. The Big Bang Theory Nine 1.008
14. Life TEN 0.889m
15. TEN News 0.853m
The Unit 0.839m
Christmas with the Kranks 0.692m
Futurama Wed 8pm TEN 0.684m
Futurama Wed 7:30pm TEN 0.650m
Will and Grace 0.532m
Summer Heights High ABC 0.479m
Prison Break Seven 0.446m
Newstopia SBS 0.142m

Seven: 34.1
Nine: 24.5
TEN: 21.5
ABC: 18.4
SBS: 4.4


1. Packed to the Rafters Seven 1.824
2. Seven News Seven 1.523
3. Find My Family Seven 1.519
4. Today Tonight Seven 1.391
5. NCIS TEN 1.350
6. All Saints Seven 1.307
7. Home and Away Seven 1.221
8. Two and a Half Men Nine 1.194
9. Nine News Nine 1.059
10. ABC News ABC 1.055
11. A Current Affair Nine 1.023
12. The Chopping Block Nine 0.913
13. Two and a Half Men – 9:00pm Nine 0.910
14. 7:30 Report ABC 0.899
15. 20 to 1 Nine 0.889
The Simpsons – 8:00pm 0.883m
Two and a Half Men – 8:30pm 0.881m
Rush 0.846m
The Simpsons – 7:30pm 0.812m
Deal or No Deal 0.794m
Will and Grace 0.541m

Seven: 36.7
Nine: 24.2
Ten: 21.7
ABC: 13.9
SBS: 3.4


1. Today Tonight Seven 1.590
2. Seven News Seven 1.513
3. Home and Away Seven 1.306
4. Weddings: Where Are They Now? Nine 1.242
5. The Rich List Seven 1.210
6. Two and a Half Men Nine 1.207
7. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nine 1.157
8. Nine News Nine 1.135
9. City Homicide Seven 1.089
10. The Howard Years ABC 1.080
11. Top Gear SBS 1.067
12. Enough Rope with Andrew Denton ABC 1.066
13. ABC News ABC 1.052
14. A Current Affair Nine 1.026
15. Bones Seven 0.941
Good News Week Awards 0.877m
Cold Case 0.842m
Deal or No Deal 0.766m
Will and Grace 0.565m
Out of the Blue 0.477m
Out of the Question 0.461m
Antiques Roadshow 0.435m
Swift and Shift Couriers 0.430m
90210 0.408m*
Sunrise 0.358m
Today 0.309m
Louis Theroux 0.210
The Morning Show 0.155m
Mornings with Kerri-Anne 0.126m
9AM with David & Kim 0.083m

Seven: 28.2
Nine: 26.6
ABC: 19.4
TEN: 17.0
SBS: 8.8

* corrected, error made by Seven press release.


1. Australian Idol – Announcement of Winner TEN 1.566
2. Seven News Seven 1.543
3. Australian Idol – Final Verdict TEN 1.489
4. 60 Minutes Nine 1.411
5. Kath and Kim Seven 1.327
6. Australian Idol – Live from Sydney Opera House TEN 1.301
7. CSI: Miami – 8:30pm Nine 1.162
8. Nine News Nine 1.159
9. 20 to 1 Nine 1.147
10. Movie: Over The Hedge Seven 1.102
11. ABC News ABC 1.079
12. CSI: Miami – 9:30pm Nine 0.942
13. Movie: National Treasure Seven 0.942
14. NCIS TEN 0.920
15. Eagle Island ABC 0.907
Thank God You’re Here 0.772m
Einstein Factor 0.757m
Little Fish 0.725m
V8 Supercars 0.380m

Seven: 27.5
Nine: 26.7
TEN: 24.1
ABC: 16.4
SBS: 5.2


  1. TEN had a good Wednesday is comparison to all their other Wednesdays. House finally over the 1 million mark and Life rated really well, better than previous. Im sick of seeing Seven News and Today Tonight up there… they suck.

  2. yes i agree david, plus we all know season finals rate better too and if they mess us around like this then from now on we will all think shows season finals aren’t actually finals and not bother watching. was houses a real season final? was rush?

  3. Poor result for 2.5 Men considering the competition, I hope this is the beginning of the end for that shit. I guess they’ve just given up now they’ve lost the year.

    Huge night to 7 with Air Crash winning it’s timeslot and Criminal Minds owning the 8.30 slot. The Unit had poor retention, but it did build over 100k compaed to last week. Prison Break did fairly well at 10.30, considering how much it has been screwed around.

    Pleasantly surprised to see House over 1 mill and Life winning it’s timeslot. Futurama also up from two weeks ago, but still shocking.

  4. i have looked at the poll now on the homepage and noticed ten and nine pretty much neck and neck for sumer programming but seven way up near 30 percent! i wanna know what is so good that channel 7 is gonna put on??? i have heard their line up and i consider it the worst in yrs for them,

  5. looks like house picked up some of the spicks and specks audience. last night was the first episode of house i watched on tv all season as i normally prefer s&s.

  6. Craig Nine are thinking about 2009. Why waste an ep of The Mentalist when the ratings year is practically over and they have won the two most important demos?

    And about 2.5 Men remember it was a repeat so 1.25m is actually a very good result.

  7. Good on Big Bang cracking 1 million, now maybe ch9 will keep it on over the summer to grow and stay on in 2009!

    But what the hell was ch9 thinking pulling The Mentalist (which is still on in the US) for a crappy low rating xMas movie?

    They should have had Fringe on.

  8. House finally over the million!! Helped by Christmas with the Cranks being the opposition on ch9. Another ppor lead-in with Futurama but didnt matter this wk.

    A big win for 7 on a wednesday night – CM and ACI plus news and TT big numbers. Happy with unit and PB numbers.

    2.5men not as strong as usual, maybe ppl really are getting sick of it, we can only hope!! Wat will ch9 have, if (when) this show flops. They need to come up with almost 10 hrs per wk!

  9. Watched Life last night for the first time since it started and thoroughly enjoyed it. Good to see it doing so well,but like House and CM it benefited from Nine’s crissy movie.

  10. David… Re the Rich List: I really think that Andrew O’Keefe is really fabulous and holds the audience captive. It is also one of the few shows you can win real money on these days. Do you know if Channel 7 are going to show the next series of Rich List they have already taped straight after this one?? Do you know if they are going to hold more auditions and tapings?

  11. Yes doubled – I was wondering how Survivor fared last night also. Any word David? At least 4 or 5 people came up to me today commenting on last night’s show – even in the 10.30pm timeslot.

  12. Ryan, it’s very misleading to say Season Final yes. They should just say Final, which would indicate to viewers new eps are stopping. A Season Final is known for going out with a bang or cliffhanger.

  13. Yes, comparatively to what Rafters usually gest it could be considered “bad”. But any other show would be dreaming for 1.8m to be it’s high, let alone it’s low.

  14. i thought rafters did bad considering it was the finale and they lost neary 200,000 on the previous week. i would like to see rush at 8.30 on another day next yr!! ncis last night was amazing even though it wasnt the season finale as ten says!! and now it was an ep where it continues into the next 1 so it suks!! two and a half men suck! so boring and so over rated

  15. Good numbers for the Rafters finale, by far the umer 1 show of 2008. All Saints finale was a bit meh, but the previews for next year looked amazing. Shame for Rush, but ten made a huge mistake thinking it would rate against an established aussie drama. NCIS also did very good against Rafters. 9 however have a woeful Tuesday, when repeats are central to their programming they dont deserve to do well.

    Looks like another easy win for 7 this week.

  16. Good number for NCIS. Seven dropped from last week but thats not a bad thing.

    Rush should be rating more. It sh**s over All Saints! Hope it does better in its second season.

  17. I think Sunrise will pick up with the addition of Fifi Box. Today has done really well this year, they’ve settled into a team that works finally.

    I wouldn’t count Sunrise out though, i think you’ll find they stay on top. They just need to tone Kochie down a little. At the beingining people found it irreverent and fresh because Today was so stiff and rigid. Now I think it has peaked in terms of appeal and is at risk of being annoying if it is too cheesy. I still predict Sunrise continuing to lead. Everything Today is now has been a copy of Sunrise, so the originality will be what keeps it moving ahead.

    Sounds like Summer is exactly what the Richlist needs to get back to the figures it used to get. Seven should consider it for a different night in ratings season though, maybe against something that has had its day but that Nine wont get rid of like Getaway.

    Strange to see PTTR and FMF down last night. Seven will win the week easily all the same.

    Did anyone see that little “Go Seven” promo last night. A little cheeky

  18. After the first episode of Swift and Shift I sank the boot into the program and claimed poor ratings after a month would lead to the shows demise.
    As with most things from Fenech team regardless of the naysayers Swift and Shift has not only held it’s ground in the ratings but improved to peak over 400 K plus veiwers.
    I may have to book a courier to collect my pride.

  19. Everytime I tune back into Sunrise Mel is never there. Has she left? I agree Today will probably overtake Sunrise unless something drastic is done.

  20. Great figures for The Rich List @ 1.210 million viewers!

    However I can’t understand why the Top Gear (UK version) rates as well as it does in the same timeslot. Some of the road trips have been interesting but the studio episodes are losing their appeal.

  21. Everyone get behind the Rich List because I want to audition for the third series, and so we all should to try to win some money. there’s not many oppurtunities like this anymore.

  22. KAK and Today have been doing major catching up in the ratings. Sunrise is only 50k ahead of Today.

    I really enjoyed last night’s GNW finale. Nice to see all the comedians in one place – nobody was trying to be funnier than anyone else. Had Hamish Blake been there I may not have been able to say that.

  23. I agree, swap 90210 with Out Of The Blue but 90210 is on Sunday 7.30pm from now on so they cant. Thats unless 10 changes it all (which I hope they don’t). I like 90210 but I cant help but feel its all a bit too tryhard. Cut back the over the top storylines and dont make it too skanky, its a turn off.

    As for Will & Grace; I dont understand why they are putting Friends on! I love Will & Grace and am disappointed its being axed.

    Today Tonight and Seven News were the top 2… *rolls eyes*

  24. For a show aimed at a very young demographic who know how to use the internet, it should have been a no-brainer to keep it in schedule, even if they must move it a bit. But by them taking it off so soon and without even telling people when or if it would return (fridays, but that didn’t happen), they should have expected those figures for 90210.

  25. Here is a thought. If Out of The Blue can rate 477,000 and 90210 rate 480,000 why not swap them around and let aussies enjoy aussie shows. Clearly a no brainer idea!!

  26. I think Ten only has itself to blame for 90210’s low numbers. A lot of people downloaded the episodes from the web although I think it will pick up in the next couple of weeks as the next episode in the US doesn’t air until 6 January so we will catch up to them again provided Ten doesn’t pull it or skip weeks between now and then.

  27. sunrise wont be the number breakfast show anymore after this year. its going to be caught and passed with ease. people are just getting sick of kochie. he has a new joke book out now and their not even his jokes

  28. Great to see The Rich List improve over the last few weeks, i thijk Seven would be happy with these figures, hopefully they green light a 3rd series, its a great show the whole audience can play along with

  29. Great to see Out of the Blue doing so well even with its challenging timeslot ! If it was primetime with roughly twice the viewer numbers, it would be doing better than a lot of what is on earlier (ie. 477 x 2 = 954)

  30. Wow, 90210 got mega low ratings. But i guess Ten have no reason to axe the show again, since rating period ends this week. I do hope they play out the season over the summer.

    The Rich List did well, compared to the last few weeks.

    No numbers for Neighbours? I quite enjoyed last nights episode, and theyre lame humour :p

  31. so Sevens two movies helped it win the night, pulling up to a million each. Smart move having kath & kim at 6.30, starting right after the news, no ads.

  32. 1.6 mill may seem a lot lower than the early years of Idol, but it did better than this year’s DWTS finale. Not bad for a show that’s been on air six years.

    Although if I were Ten I’d be gutted that I still came third on the night – not even second!

  33. Your right as always David, they do care but this late in the year I wouldnt be too bothered about it. TEN have had a really bad year and even if they had won the demo’s I doubt it would make much difference!

  34. Not sure about in Aus, but NCIS skews incredibly old in the states – about 75% of viewers outside of 18-49, so that could be one contributing factor to the lower demos for the night.

  35. Nice figures for Idol. TEN doesnt care wether they win the night or not, Idol has been a huge success for them this year, especially compared to last year’s finale ratings. It was a great finale, most entertaining one ever in my opinion. Well Done and Im glad its back on next year! :)

    NCIS did well but it was because Idol finished at 9.40 or something like that. TEN should be happy with those figures!

  36. Was it really necessary for 10 to break idol’s figures into 3 parts? It’s the finale, and the finale is the one show, not 3. Well it appears they will do anything to artificially make the figures look higher.

  37. I think they’ll be content with those figures… they have no choice now, Idol has become more of a niche show, doesn’t have as expansive an audience as it once had… and I don’t think it ever will. That said, I reckon it’ll be around for a while yet, cos Ten really doesn’t have much else going for it….

  38. It was definietly TGYH and The Simpsons that let down ten till 7.30. 9.30 onwards, more particularly 10.30 to 11.30 National Treasure was doubling the audience of Californication and whatever was on 9 – which is really where 7 won the night.

  39. Despite the rain I think they pulled off a great Idol Final last night – it does help that i wanted Wes to win – but there was a great mix of other Aussie talent – and I say enough of the final 12 to be convinced that Luke well and truly deserved his place in the final 2.

    Well Done!

  40. These figures are preliminary as always and include overruns.

    According to TEN an average 1.60 million viewers shared the final stage in Wes’s transformation to Australian Idol, as they watched The Winner Announced segment of the finale spectacular (21:06 – 21:44). A peak audience of 1.85.

    Last year was 1.45m average but TEN did win the night.

  41. yeah i found it weird considering idol won the slot from 7.30 till 9.40 and then was just behind from 9.40 onwards. i think it was the 6-7.30 where they got really hit

  42. Ouch for Ten. Coming third in total people and losing the 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54 demo to 7 (over 55’s going to 9).

    Having said that, it wasn’t so much Idol that let them down, it was more the repeated repeats around it.

    Kath & Kim, unlike The Outdoor Room capitalised on the news lead in – another season of the Outdoor Room looks that little more grim. Over The Hedge did solid numbers, with National Treasure pulling massive demos and total people till almost 11.30.

    60 Minutes held up well against the competiton

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