Week 36

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Week 36: Top 100
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Week 36: ASTRA






Source: OzTAM


  1. AFL is really starting to become the king of Pay-TV as seen by the figures last week. Massive ratings for AFL talk show On the Couch and Sunday twilight footy taking top spot for the week.

  2. Hehe thats a really solid figure for the AFL on Saturday night well done to Ten. Next weekends ratings should be even bigger.
    Pies V Crows next Saturday night will be off the charts in Adelaide and Melbourne and it should be a very close game.
    As we saw with Friday night AFL rating lower than last night a close game of footy can really make a difference in the average over the 3-3.5 hr broadcast.

  3. Go ten! great numbers for afl night game and also for 12 pm game! 10’s coverage of footy is so much better than 7! and ten try so hard to play live games where 7 couldnt give a crap about it!

  4. Ten (and the AFL) will be happy with the ratings of the Brisbane-Carlton thriller, especially in Brisbane where it was just 4000 below the rugby union, which was held at the other part of Brisbane CBD at the same time. Not to mention 576,000 viewers in Melbourne! Let’s hope Seven will show Friday’s semi-final between Western Bulldogs and Brisbane Lions live into Brisbane, given the Brisbane Broncos and Gold Coast Titans don’t start their NRL finals campaign until Saturday night.

  5. Ten News wins in Melbourne (313,000) beating 7 news(312) & 9 news(279) at 6pm slot!! Once again Before the Game wins in Melbourne(399,000) vs AFHVS (322), Great Outdoors(200) and Gardening Australia(154)!!

  6. BM-dog, you’re spot on, but if Australia plays as well as they did last night the viewers will return, but only in NSW @ Qld. More Bris. folk tuned into the Union than the AFL which featured the local Lions.

  7. Rugby union continuing to make absolutely no impression with viewers. I still don’t see why Seven bothers with it, if internationals between Australia and the world champion South African team can’t even crack the half-mil then it’s obviously got no hope as a television sport in this country.

  8. Being Erica had a rather average pilot (suffered somewhat from bad writing and cliches) but the second episode was rather fun and I’ve heard it gets better. It didn’t grab me like Boy Meets Girl though. As long as it doesn’t get too formulaic it could remain a fun series.

  9. 100 day battle between Deal or No Dean and Hotseat. Deal has won 97 days while Hotseat has won 3. Deal has not been looking good for the last 4-5 weeks, while Hotseat has lost it for the last two. Also the total viewers of these shows has dropped by 300000 from the peak of 1.6million. But how accurate can the figures be in real number not just gotten from the ratings devices.

  10. Those AFL figures in Syd/Bris were harsh, though not surprising. I don’t know why they don’t show NRL games in other cities … I mean 9 could sell it to 10 in Melb/Adelaide/Perth … couldn’t do much worse then they are doing now on a Friday night …

  11. Hey David, any idea how the new SBS garden show rated on Thursday night? It did well on its first week (despite lacking focus), but this week it wasn’t mentioned.

  12. I hate ten news on weekends!!!! we go from about 35-40 mins of real news during weeknights to about 10-15 mins or crap news on sats and sundays!! its pathetic! ten news needs to go for an hr on sat and sun and have the same format at weeknights! im sure this would bring back viewers! its pointless watching ten news on wknds!

  13. The 7pm Project must surely be pronounced dead soon. Ten can’t afford to underwrite something that is performing so badly. It has not caught on with its target audience and it is unlikely that it ever will. Under 600,000 nationally for a Friday night? Horrible numbers that cannot be tolerated much longer by the network. The concept and execution of this show is flawed. It is neither entertaining or funny. Back to the drawing board for the troubled 7pm timeslot, I’m afraid.

  14. Friday was a slow day for TV in the Metros. Neighbours ahead of H & A, the show it’s compared to. Now, that doesn’t happen too often. Poor George Gently couldn’t crack the million. LOL.

    David, as Stateline is a State based show, different in each market, why would OZTAM combine the figures?

  15. What has happened to Ten’s news? A previous contributor suggested maybe it was work related, could be. Long gone is the 35 hour working week for city folk. Many now count themselves lucky to leave the office by 6:30 ish, by that time the Ten news team would be on their 3rd drink at least down at their local.

  16. Safe to say 7pm Project won’t be back next year. It was a good idea with faulty execution…Hungry Beast is likely the show to watch as a potential Australian “Daily Show”.

  17. Nothing will ever cut into 7news for me. It takes priority over anything at 6pm. 10 had news at 6 for a long time and over all did very very badly to 9 (even 7 was a long way off). 10 have established a 5pm news service and been there for like 10 years or more (?). They have tried 7pm news in the Summer and it did not work up against ABC (I’m guessing any commercial newscast up against ABC would and has failed). I don’t even know what the 7pm Project is meant to be, I know what they said, but it’s all over the place. 45sec-1min interviews???? WTF why bother. How can anything get asked in that time? Everybody knows the 7pm time slot needs fixing and 10 has a chance here to do something.

  18. Huge audience for the AFL elimination final in Adelaide (290,000 in a city of population 1.1 million, on a top of a crowd of 50,000 at the game) and the NRL in Sydney (510,000 is the highest-rating Friday night game in the city this year) that saw St George Illawarra becoming minor premiers. Ten did OK with the movie but not the finale of SYTYCD US season 5, which reinforces my argument that Ten could sell the rights to SYTYCD US season 6 to Foxtel, so the latter could shown it live via satellite, similar to American Idol. Season 6 begins next Wednesday in the US. Nine could still win the week, but it will depend on the performance of the AFL final on Ten (especially in Brisbane and Sydney) and Tri-Nations rugby on Seven.

  19. I’m amazed nothing has been said in the media about the Rush storyline this week and the fact a kid was Tarazed.

    Last night I mainly watched ONE, GO! and ABC2, thank god for digital TV we don’t have to watch a movie re-run or football on Friday nights anymore.

  20. whilst ratings are way down on last week, its good to see that the ratings for Neighbours have not varied much (Monday-Friday) as they normally do) those “next time on” promos might have worked, let us hope that continues, as ratings go back up (I am assuming they will 😉 )

  21. Why is TV burp getting such low ratings? It is such a great Australian show that is actually genuinely funny.

    What should be canceled is Double take. What a repetitive and boring show that is just to try-hard. The 7pm project has also worn thin.

  22. 7PM awfull figures for friday night
    This has not clearly worked striped out 5 days a weeks
    How about 1 hour fridays to catch up on only the big issuies of the week or on thursdays But not every night
    Put the office on and see how it goes,TEN has paid for it and just sitting there to be seen by bigger market than 7PM

  23. back to terrible numbers for the 7pm project. it is dead and there is no point on keeping with it. those afl numbers for brisbane and sydney. do those take into account the main even numbers

  24. @ andrewB….what makes u an expert on television in australia??are u qualified on what will work and what wont work on tv???
    i think the world would like to know!

  25. Hey, I tune in to 10 news. i catch the headlines if I am home, and then I go and prepare dinner and cook, or have a nap if I am tired. I like the idea of catching an early news. I agree that the Simpsons is outdated, (can you asee 2.5 men still on air in 10 years???) Some newtworks flog a dead horse….. I think a revamp between 6-7 would be useful. I agree with Angelsgal inconsistent 7.30pm shows do not help Rush.

    I also acknowledge that TAR has a big following. I think it did better at 9.30 for its timeslot in previous seasons. But I enjoy it in an early time slot. I am watching it now since i watched Rush live!

    Andrew B why r u so confident Ch7 will revamp their Thurs line up?! What will thye do in the race to the end of year ratings?

  26. @Nick:
    I kinda agree. The story was there and all, and the start of the episode was exciting (and the ending was pretty funny too), but there wasn’t that added bit of excitement a lot of the other eps had.
    Looking forward to next week’s 2 hour ep though.

  27. Nick, I understand what you mean but it was still brilliant and the suspense was enforced on the viewers really well. Cant wait till next weeks, looks like a cracking Thursday Night! :)

  28. Gary Unmarried got average numbers for a very average show. But boy oh boy do those TV Burp/Double Take numbers look awful. Yikes. Good to see The Amazing Race still doing well (considering its company) no matter what the time slot.

  29. Not sure what was so brilliant about Rush last night. Thought it was one of their more boring episodes. They wandered around in the bush for 40 minutes.

  30. Andrew, the format will just need a slight tweak, but i dont see why it cant work. 7 and 9 have news leading into news based programs. People actually watch Ten News, then flip over to to 7 or 9 news after it. I myself do it cos I only get to see about 20minutes of ten news, so once its done i flip over to Nine, however if it went to 6pm Id have no reason to flip to nine. I then back to Neighbours, so ten need to adress the drop off from ten news, they have the biggest lead in goin into 6pm yet are always last. Then the 7PM Project. People watch news, the figures prove it.

  31. Expected Rush to pull a higher number than 1.036mill. It was a brilliant episode as per usual, at least it hasnt fallen below one million this season. Even in the 9.30 timeslot it rated decently. Im quite sure the ‘feature length’ double episode of Rush will rate higher next week.

    7PM still failed. Rules failed even harder. Glee should help TENs share on Thursdays and also boost Rush’s ratings.

  32. Nana on the couch

    Hi cyber pets – Nana here again. Well the girls down here in Cessnock have just finished watching the lovely Oprah and the only thing we don’t want anyone to do is move the Bold and the Beautiful. My friend Maude would have a fit (literally) if Ridge and Brooke were re-slotted! As for the rest of the day we don’t really like the 7am Prospect – is that what it’s called.?

    Maybe that darling Sandra Sulls could read the news at 7pm – that might be nice particularly in the summer months when we’re all napping at 5pm. And maybe that show for the young ones – that 7pm thing could be moved to 5pm followed by that dreadful cartoon show the Simpsons and then the lovely Neighbours . So our afternoon schedule from the gals in Cessnock would be

    4.30 Bold and the Beautiful / 5.00 the 5PM whatever you call it / 5.30 the Simpsons hour / 6.30 Neighbours / 7.00 News – 30 minutes only darlings

    Nana has spoken!

  33. @ryan..I know! It’s so painful watching this horrid woman but at least we know she’ll be found out to be a raving loony eventually and be sent off to join Miranda’s sister (forgot her name)

    As for 10 I’m used to news at 5 as are many people and most of us don’t like change so leave it. Perhaps put something new at 6 although I’m happy to see endless repeats. And never move Neighbours from 6.30 again people don’t like change and it’s been there for eons.

  34. These rating show the committed audience TAR has. Despite being shunted back an hour, and having a dud lead in, it still pulled 937,000. 70,000 more than what it got from Gary Unmarried (useless tripe, should be scrapped immediately).

  35. I find it very interesting that Seven’s worst night of the week, still beats Ten. Ten really are a mess at the moment, I bet they are itching for Celeb Masterchef to start

  36. it could easily be done these days ( move ten news to 5.30-6.30) esp since ten news at 5 isnt the first news coverage anymore. seven and 9 have dominated 6-7 slots for yrs now and its time to cut into the news, people say who were watching ten news at 6 then want more news and switch to 7 or 9 but if ten were to still be telling news during that time it would hold onto alot of viewers

  37. another shocking acting performance from lyn!! every ep she cries and its sooo bad even i could pretent to cry better and im a guy! and wtf is with her clothing lol! looks like sheets! hahaha

  38. I forgot about recording Rush last night because the Amazing Race was on at 8.30 so missed first 10 mins of Rush. Gary Unmarried wasn’t too bad a sitcom. Don’t think it’s a hit, but i don’t think 2.5 Men is any good, and Gary Unmarried is better than that so i really don’t know what to think anymore.

  39. @ Ryan and Vinnie. i totally agree about tens news service. Its been unfair on Neighbours to have simpsons repeats as a lead in and unfoar on there line up from 7pm onwards to have to play catch up. I know that THISafternoon was a flop for nine, but im wondering if this will work on the back of Tens streghth in Day time TV, Primetime exposure and the massive Bold and the Beautiful lead.

    4:00pm Huegheys Cooking Adventures / 4:30pm Bold and The Beautiful / 5:00pm The 5pm Project (or what ever they want to call it) / 5:30pm Ten News / 6:30pm Neighbours / 7:00pm Tens reality formats (get a 3rd one for the end of the year)


    4:00pm Huegheys Cooking Adventures / 4:30pm Bold and The Beautiful / 5:00pm Ten News at 5 / 6:00pm The 6pm Project (or what ever they want to call it) / 6:30pm Neighbours / 7:00pm Tens reality formats (get a 3rd one for the end of the year)

    Thoughts people. I think either option will help ten, but the 1st one will cut into 7 and 9’s news. When the Victorian bushfires happened and 10 had 90minute news service goining into melbourne, it beat 7 and 9 news in Melbourne for the 1st 30mins (7 and 9 had 1 hour bulletins starting from 6pm) so it can work.

  40. Glad to see Gary Unmarried tanked. It looked so B-Grade. Refused to watch it because I was annoyed Amazing Race was moved to later in the night.! Please don’t move it again. Sad to see TV Burp not going well, some of it is very funny and my hubby and I don’t mind watching it sometimes. Double Take is on too late for us, but we did enjoy that when it was on earlier.

  41. ducko, I wouldnt go that far in regards to Rush. It built 400k+ on a lead in of 600k as appose to 1.1mil last week. It has not really had a conistant show lead it in week in week out (MasterChef special, rules repeats, Jon and Cate, 40 Stone Virgin and Australian Idol, back to Rules repeats, next Hamsih and Andy Special, then Glee). It’s never failed to slip under 1mil this year, like Rescue: Special Opps, on a lower rating night. Ten have gotta get 7.30 consistant, and i think glee will do that. 7pm does what i expected, purely cos 7 counted it in southern sates with H&A. How nines awful line up coninues to win them every thursday ill love to know

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