Week 35

By David Knox on August 24, 2009 / Filed Under Ratings 227

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  1. Johnny 1.5 August 31, 2009 at 8:35 am -

    Interesting that Before The Game rates 25,000 more people watching than the game of Football that follows it, guess the majority of the 153,000 people that turned off in Melbourne went over to Fox Sports to watch Port vs Kangaroos instead of staying for the Lions vs Swans match.

  2. ryan August 30, 2009 at 9:10 pm -

    i actually think this yr rikki lee and andrew are doing a pretty good job, its good having just 1 guy on stage and her with the contestants, i still dont like the new judge though!

  3. Trev August 30, 2009 at 8:54 pm -

    No offence intended, none taken PD. I will admit to being a League tragic, but no one’s perfect. I wish I had the gift of prescience that enables others to predict with certainty where the various networks will be one to two years from now. One thing you could bet on I reckon is, if Nine hasn’t gone into receivership there will always be 2.5 Men to watch after the Olympics.

  4. mak August 30, 2009 at 8:36 pm -

    Hey Tom Morgan, by 2010/2011, the new things your talking about which nine is trying (don’t know what you mean) will not be new anymore. I can’t see any network standing still for that long just because they might be winning the ratings now.
    It does suggest to me that because you adore 2.5 men, you have seen all the episodes so many times and you still don’t get it. Maybe thats what the problem is, 2.5 fans are all just a bit slow to catch on.

  5. PD August 30, 2009 at 5:56 pm -

    @JM & @Trev, my bad. I take back what I said about the Brisbane games.

    I wasn’t actually claiming that the AFL does rate in “Eastern states” (even though last time I checked Victoria was an Eastern state) I’m just saying comparing the two games is pointless.

  6. Trev August 30, 2009 at 5:17 pm -

    @ PD. The two Sydney teams were game 1 in Sydney, but the Briz teams were game 1 in Briz. 327,000 watched the league, not 143,000. That was the mob that watched the 2nd match between Parra & Penrith in Brisbane sometime after 9:30pm. Sorry mate AFL simply does not rate in the two eastern states…. Now lets get back to more important things.

  7. JM August 30, 2009 at 5:11 pm -

    @PD – Broncos/Cowboys had a figure of 327,000 in Bris…. your getting your games confused.

    In Brisbane Game 1 (Live) was Broncos/Cowboys
    Game 2 (Delayed) was Eels/Panthers

    In Sydney the games are switched

  8. Tom Morgan August 30, 2009 at 4:11 pm -

    It’s good nine is starting to make a comeback. I applaud them for trying new things and not putting boring american shows on (except 2.5 men). in 2010 or 2011, viewers will get bored of seven and explore new things, and nine will be there. Even thought homeMade and APC were flops, at least its not 2.5 men.
    Seven, watch your ratings plummet in 2010

  9. PD August 30, 2009 at 2:51 pm -

    Trev, I don’t think you can really compare the 72,000 for the Swans Saturday game vs. 384,000 for the Eels/Panthers Friday night NRL match. You’ve got a not so stellar Swans outfit playing in a game that has no bearings on the finals vs. a pair of western Sydney rivals duking it out for a spot in the eight.

    To be fair though in Brisbane on Friday night the Broncos/Cowboys only pulled 143,000 while on Saturday in the AFL the Lions pulled 110,000 – when all three Queensland teams were playing for positions in the eight.

  10. Trev August 30, 2009 at 1:23 pm -

    Sorry Ben, don’t think so. Do not confuse Union with League. In Syd & Briz league slaughters AFL every time. Check out the Swans figures and it was a live telecast.

  11. Trev August 30, 2009 at 1:17 pm -

    @ Earthquake! Brizzy had the Broncos/ Cowboys while Sydney had Eels and Panthers as game 1.

  12. Ben August 30, 2009 at 12:28 pm -

    Earthquake… the afl is only shown in sydney and bris on friday at 11.30.. so realistically it’s a bit unfair to compare with the nrl figures.. plus it was a nothing game with no bearing on finals… also good to see that brisbane viewers split the football code audience share with the rugby pulling the same figure as the afl last night.. the afl making inroads perhaps???

  13. David Knox August 30, 2009 at 12:25 pm -

    Can proudly say no idea! Someone else may help out?

  14. Earthquake August 30, 2009 at 11:36 am -

    Great ratings for the live NRL match on Friday night, considering it was shown in only two capital cities it beat the AFL shown in all capital cities.

    David, do you know if the Eels/Panthers game was shown in Brisbane or was it the Broncos/Cowboys game?

  15. ryan August 29, 2009 at 11:00 pm -

    i would think that 7pm project would grab atleast 850,000 next thur with the announcement of 5 celeb contestants. the celebs that have been chosen are prob high profile ones since so many have been puttng their hands up including from other networks

  16. vid August 29, 2009 at 7:30 pm -

    i think u have too much time on your hand…. have u tried to get some fresh air??

  17. ryan August 29, 2009 at 6:00 pm -

    ten should put its gardnen show against better homes and gardens since its old people watching tv on fridays that love gardening.

  18. ryan August 29, 2009 at 3:51 pm -

    promo on ten today. 5 contestants for masterchef revealed on 7pm project thur.

  19. Tepee August 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm -

    TEN actually had a comparatively (and surprisingly) decent share on yesterday, thanks to Nanny McPhee repeating well. Neighbours’ ratings also seem better than they normally do for Fri. But 7PM still lost a huge chunk off it. Pity because I think the Friday’s editions sans Hughesy are pretty good – Kim Watkins was a good addition. And as always fantastic ratings for BH&G, giving Seven another share close to 30.

  20. mak August 29, 2009 at 2:34 pm -

    Well what do you know, Hot Seat within 1K of Deal.
    Where are all the “bouncing ball” chasers? Is this the end of Deal??? lol.

  21. Ted August 29, 2009 at 12:47 pm -

    Deal beats Eddie every night this week without Go’s ratings, will we see a story on AOK this week in the papers?

  22. damo August 29, 2009 at 12:28 pm -

    another ordinary week for the 7pm project. surely the end is very near.

    i wonder what the ratings are for foxsports+ for friday night afl. for brisbane and sydney

  23. Trev August 29, 2009 at 11:38 am -

    Good research Andrew. If media marketing and advertising specialists are consistently getting it wrong, how the heck would us plebs know what’s going on?Watching television is not meant to be rocket science, it is an entertainment medium…..loosen up and enjoy, but as the late Dean Martin would always say, “Keep those cards and letters coming in folks.”

  24. Johnny 1.5 August 29, 2009 at 11:38 am -

    @ Goonies: Yeah the only place I have found Ideal is on Amazon UK, even the ABC Shop do not have it so my guess is it has not been made in Region 4 at all, Amazon UK only have up to Season 4 and Season 6 was commissioned in July so will likely pop up over Christmas or there abouts.

    I am hoping they do not jump around with Pulling as there were only 13 episodes of it spread over a couple of years (1st season of 6 in 2006, 2nd season of 6 in 2008 and a final 1 hour show in May this year), like I said I enjoy all this quirky shows on ABC2 lately.

    Also must say George Gently is doing well for the ABC on Friday Nights … I must be in the minority of minorities rewatching Torchwood and the 9:20pm shows on ABC2 (currently Being Erica) … 89,000 for Torchwood ( at least it is not on TEN now and can watch properly with no ads, then even the UK Channel put ads in which put me off as well).

  25. Andrew B August 29, 2009 at 11:20 am -

    @vid, from 6 months ago:
    vid says:
    February 18, 2009 at 8:28 pm
    @ Andrew B
    ive been taking note of things within the last 6 months.
    and there will be a shift viewer patterns.
    i reckon around june/july.
    7 is being too cockie and and some of the favs programs that they have… i feel ppl will not be so interested in them
    10 on the other hand, have great new shows and ppl are taking interest in them, like what happen when 7 got new shows…
    nine on the other hand i feel are just getting started. some show..yes i will admit are crap, but i do feel they have some new ideas. and more importantly they will take risks. mike healy i feel is learning from his mistakes from last year

  26. Trev August 29, 2009 at 11:12 am -

    If that’s the case Andrew, not too many people are going to know who they are.

  27. Trev August 29, 2009 at 11:09 am -

    I can relate to that Mike. For years watching two coppers wanderihg aimlessly about knocking on the same doors at least several times throughout the show and getting nowhere, next thing I’m sound asleep, wake up in time to watch the following program, ask the missus, “Whodunnit?” only to have her say, ” Dunno, I dropped off.”

  28. Andrew B August 29, 2009 at 11:02 am -

    As many of us guessed – the one hour special on 7pm project next week appears to be the night they announce the Celebrity masterchef contestants.

  29. Trev August 29, 2009 at 10:55 am -

    Thank God it wasn’t Scott Miller, he may not be available for a few years. What about Sam Newman, that would make Harry happy.

  30. frankie fox August 29, 2009 at 10:06 am -

    dare i say it if sam newman was not on the footy show they probably can shut the doors on the show, for my money lyon,brayshaw and sometimes shane crawford are hard to take.

  31. ryan August 29, 2009 at 2:24 am -

    i dont know if anyone else was watching 9am with david and kim today but james accidently let out natalie imbrulia ( if thats how u spell it ) is going to be a celeb contestant on masterchef. also news which ten didnt deny that Eamon Sullivan the swimmer would also be on the show.

  32. Mike August 29, 2009 at 12:42 am -


    If you really want experience sleep inducing material then watch all those British “who-dunnits” the ABC is so keen on showing. Saturday night viewing on the ABC is the best excuse to leave the house.

  33. David Knox August 28, 2009 at 11:33 pm -

    Richo: outside the Top 100.

  34. Harry August 28, 2009 at 11:28 pm -

    Burn Notice got a great number last night, well compared to previous screenings. Dont watch it but good on it. I think Rush is really taking charge in its second season, fantastic show – very underated. The acting is fabulous and its probably the best Aussie Drama out at the moment (yes, better than PTTR and Underbelly) Thats my opinion, Im sure people will see differently.

    Great to see The Footy Show up from last week as well.. I wonder how low the ratings for the show would be if Sam Newman was sacked.. Id stop watching it for sure!

  35. RichoTB August 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm -

    Do you know what Gossip Girl and Moonlight got last night David?

  36. Johnson August 28, 2009 at 8:43 pm -

    @ Billy C: ADbc attracted 266,000 viewers, while Dave in the Life was watched by 219,000 people.

  37. bindi August 28, 2009 at 6:07 pm -

    how did gossip girl do on GO last night?

  38. Goonies August 28, 2009 at 5:44 pm -

    @ Johnny 1.5 – six flippin series and not one is available at JB’s – they looked at me like I was crazy.

  39. Goonies August 28, 2009 at 5:42 pm -

    Hey David

    Ideal is on ABC2 on Thursdays @ 10pm. They showed season 1 and then season 4 for some reason. Black comedy revolving around Moz who is a pot dealer.

    UK comedy, very good everyone – pretty niche though :)

  40. Johnny 1.5 August 28, 2009 at 5:24 pm -

    David Ideal is a comedy show on ABC2 at 10pm about a guy called Moz who is a small-time hash only drug dealer in Manchester coming from BBC Three, there are 6 seasons (of 8 episodes long), though it finished last night and is being replaced by Pulling another BBC Comedy.

    Another of my ABC2 Nights on Thursday with How Not to Live Your Life (9pm), United States Of Tara (9:30pm) before Ideal (10pm so I will be watching Pulling now) and Billable Hours (a Canadian comedy series set in a Toronto law firm called Fagen & Harrison) after it at 10:30pm.

  41. Tepee August 28, 2009 at 5:24 pm -

    Really Jerome? I was under the impression that The Secret Life of Us rated higher in its hey day. Then again I have never seen any ratings for that show. Anyway Rush is very deserving of its great numbers – always enjoyable.

  42. shaun August 28, 2009 at 5:14 pm -

    what a whole lot of bulls**t! nine is serving up to us with hot seat being the no.1 game show, for 3 days dond is nearly 100k in front of hot seat and only 1 day they get close to dond, so i think 9 is giving us incorrect info and making them look desperate for anything that rates especially with nothing rating big on their channel nearly all the time. it is a shame tv burp is a ratings flop i do like the show but double take is s**t so both look like getting the axe but the amazing race is a great show and earl and family guy rock.

  43. vid August 28, 2009 at 5:06 pm -

    where did i say in my comment today.. that i said 9 will make a comeback???
    i didnt!! i said that it wont be the last time 9 will top the rating now and then..
    seven has had a good run…. but it wont last for ever! u only have to look back at history and the trends of the networks… nine will better next year… and so will ten… iam sorry to say 7 will feel the pinch next year…. and No i wont tell you where i get my info from..
    u seem to know it all… so ill leave it to that..

  44. Jerome August 28, 2009 at 4:27 pm -

    Rush was tens highest rating drama episode since Oztam began last night (which i guess says more about tens drama tham rush’s performance) but it’s good to see so many drama being so sucessful on tv.

  45. Billy C August 28, 2009 at 4:23 pm -

    How did ADBC and Dave in the Life go? Must have been extremely low.

  46. David Knox August 28, 2009 at 4:09 pm -

    Is Ideal a show? If so no figures sorry. FTA ‘Digital channels’ are hovering around the 2% mark.

  47. JG August 28, 2009 at 4:08 pm -

    Hey Mak – notice I said ‘networks’ in my post – I used an example from the Seven Network but yes I will concede they all do it and usually shamelessly… and aren’t you being just a tad hypocritical calling me ‘critical’ when your entire post is critical of at least 3 shows…talk about throwing stones…but hey you’re entitled to your opinion and we love you for it!

    Agree with you that TV Burp and Double Take are bordering on a bit rotten at the moment. They were funny for about ten minutes when they first premiered but now are just plain boring. They should be retitled TV Bore and Double Boring!!

    And before anyone has a go at me for criticising the 7PM Project again…well I watched last night… again…and it was hopeless..again. I am trying to like it…I really really want to like it…but can someone tell me what was entertaining last night about having some actor called Rees or Rhys Muldoon…Ress who???…talking about his time on Playschool…this was followed by a 2 second grab with Disabilities Minister Bill Shorten about disabled parking…that really got me out of my seat and my retinas burning…then there was a sad and uninspiring cross to John Paul Young…not looking so young…at a very sad after party at some non-descript awards show where nothing was happening. Even one of the hosts asked why no one was there??

    Everyone on the panel was trying to find the joke…any joke…just one reason to laugh…and nothing…and the crew who must masquerade as the background audience tried so hard to laugh but it was like pulling teeth! I will try again tonight…and then if all else fails will switch to TVS and compare programs!

  48. Goonies August 28, 2009 at 3:56 pm -

    Hi David

    Can you advise what (if measureable) Ideal on ABC2’s ratingsare?

    @ mak – are actors only ever allowed to do one show or something?

    Re Catherine McClements, I agree that she is excellent but my partner goes mad when she comes on – he and callas would probably get along well! Go figure.

  49. Harry August 28, 2009 at 3:37 pm -

    Glad to see Rush and Idol right up there, well done TEN!

  50. mak August 28, 2009 at 3:14 pm -

    TV Burp and Double Take on Seven last night was some of the worst shows I have seen. Burp should be a fantastic program with lots of material available but I guess the writers aren’t very clever.
    Rush has accummulated all the has beens from every show thats ever aired and it shows. What a load of rubbish.

    @JG. Every network does it so why be so critical. Take a look at Hot Seat some time and see Eddie weaving as much promotional material into questions and general discussion.

  51. NiK C August 28, 2009 at 3:13 pm -

    Hooray for Rush! yes I also agree it wasnt the best Ep, and I hope others tune in too to see it in a better ep the next week.

    Woo Hoo

  52. Rachel August 28, 2009 at 3:00 pm -

    I must agree with those saying that the episode of Rush last night wasn’t its best. Awesome ratings for it though, but the ep was quite boring. I found myself uninterested in what was going on for the first time since it started. With the exception of Kerry’s storyline, it’s great.

  53. callas August 28, 2009 at 2:46 pm -

    catherine mclements is what puts me off Rush… i find her character to be far too agressive and not too easy too warm to…. every scene she is in just shows her strutting her stuff in a very manly manner so i have never managed to watch an entire episode based on this.. a shame really because i think the others are great.

  54. JG August 28, 2009 at 2:21 pm -

    Oh my god do the networks have no shame!!!!. Apparently there was a tacky cross promotion to Sunrise in a recent episode of City Homocide. It was playing in a background scene!!! Onya Network Seven!

    What’s next…..Gerrard Gossens slips and falls down the stairs on Dancing with the Stars and Frank and Von from All Saints come flying out of the audience to his rescue!

    Or whatabout Fifi Box doing a weather forecast from Summer Bay as the locals baton down for a cyclone!!!

    The mind boggles!!!

  55. Trev August 28, 2009 at 2:19 pm -

    Ooops! read your post Mike and must agree. I meant to single out Catherine McClements and also Sam Johnson. I thought Rush was codswallop, but those two made out OK IMO.

  56. Andrew B August 28, 2009 at 2:15 pm -

    And 9 is only hanging in there mostly thanks to Melbourne viewers. in Melbourne, 9 has 5 shows in the top 10, with Footy Show first. In Sydney, they only have 2 in the top 10. Rush is 1st.

  57. Trev August 28, 2009 at 2:14 pm -

    You stole my thunder Ravi. I was going to ask Vid the same question. Nine won’t be a threat to anyone if they keep the same tired old format and cheesy shows. In all fairness tho, there are some programs on Nine I enjoy watching. I simply want the top network to be the one with top shows.

  58. Andrew B August 28, 2009 at 2:13 pm -

    It’s not the first time @vid has made comments like that relating to channel 9. He made one back in Feb saying 9 would have a comeback mid year. Now it is late August.

    @vid – again I’ll ask – what is the source of your information? What will ch 9 make a come back with exactly? Please share with us – we are all dying to know. Thank you in advance.

  59. Ravi August 28, 2009 at 1:27 pm -

    @Vid Gee Vid you’ve really gone out on a limb there with the “u will see” comment. Nine’s fumbling the ball and no bigger fumble occurred when they decided to prematurely claim victory over ‘Deal’

    No offence, but we need a more concrete prediction as to why Nine will be the champ instead of the chump, put it on the line…

  60. Mike August 28, 2009 at 1:21 pm -

    It’s great to see 7 finally get a kick in the pants for programming that god awful TV Burp. Coming third must be a real wake-up call.

    As for Rush, it is borderline good, medicore and terrible. Never have I came across a show that can fluctuate between all three tiers multiple times during one episode. The parts with Catherine McClements were very well done, owing to the writers and the saving grace of Rush, McClements herself.

    I am pleased it is doing so well in the ratings, it’s always good to see Australian content flourish that doesn’t involve a fluff family and their sexual exploits.

  61. allan August 28, 2009 at 1:10 pm -

    Only 1 rating available for GO! last night=
    Moonlight: 68,000

  62. wamdue August 28, 2009 at 12:45 pm -

    I dont know enough about ratings for Aussie shows, and what will get something axed, but would I be to right to guess that TV Burp isnt getting a second series?

  63. vid August 28, 2009 at 12:05 pm -

    @ trev… sorry to burst your bubble but it wont be the first nine will top the niight….
    in time u will see…
    ch7’s time at the top wont be so rosie next year..

  64. Cameron August 28, 2009 at 12:05 pm -

    Excellent Thursday night for 9 & 10 with Rush, Idol, 20 to 1, Footy Show and Getaway doing well. I believe does well on Thursdays is because they stick to their schedule. Getaway and The Footy show have stayed in the timeslot for so long and 20 to 1 has been here since the start of year even though Trouble in Paradise had a few airings. Nine also does well thanks to the over 50s who don’t want to watch 7’s younger skewing lineup. If only the new hour was stronger, Nine could have an even stronger lineup.

    Ten did well thanks to Idol and Rush which had an excellent episode again last night. Burn Notice did well afterwards. If only the 6-7:30pm lineup was stronger, Ten could have a better chance. Hopefully Glee can pull good numbers in a few weeks time.

    Nine has a better chance at winning the week as long as Harry Potter completely demolish the competition and bringing Nine at least 10% ahead of Seven. Nine also has to do well tonight. Nine still needs a stronger Tuesday (they should have left Commercial Breakdown on) and Sunday, Monday and Wednesday needs a lift overall. Seven will most likely win but the gap will be closer.

  65. Jed August 28, 2009 at 11:36 am -

    Great ratings for Rush but the episode was absolutely crap last night. The ads looked so good, and promised so much, and there was not one bit of suspense at all. And the terrorist kid was a terrible actor. Disappointed with it, after the ads had me so excited for this episode.

  66. koverstreet August 28, 2009 at 11:28 am -

    Nice to see Seven coming third :)

    Good numbers for Oz Idol and as for Rush I don’t get it. I gave it a go and it’s yawnsville.

    And TV Burp looks gonski :( One of the few shows on Seven that isn’t complete rubbish and the potato heads don’t watch it!

  67. ryan August 28, 2009 at 11:24 am -

    great night for ten! all shows performed well except 7pm project. idol up quite a bit and rush’s highest figure ever! burn notice also jumped 100,000 on last week!! good to see 7 third!! would expect idol to do even better on sunday aswell as rove with a few good guests

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