Week 38

By David Knox on September 14, 2009 / Filed Under Ratings 146

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Source: OzTAM


  1. Allie September 21, 2009 at 6:40 am -

    Less than 600K nationally for The 7pm Report on Friday. Ouch!!!! Terrible numbers! The Wallabies have been garbage for years now, and with numbers like that, I doubt whether their presence on free-to-air TV is going to last much longer. Agree with other posters about Last Chance Surgery. That is not entertainment, it is ghoulish voyeurism. Awful concept for a TV show, I wouldn’t be caught dead (no pun intended) watching it.

  2. ryan September 20, 2009 at 4:30 pm -

    celebrity masterchef coming! i soo can’t wait, any others who cant wait to see it? should be an interesting format, alot of fun would imagine.

  3. ryan September 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm -

    well done ten! sucked in 7! its about time seven went down crashing! now it just has to happen more often and i will be happy:) tonight will be interesting with rove’s kool ep with everyone returning and idol in its new slot

  4. Nick September 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm -

    The Wallabies were abysmal last night. I expect their ratings will continue drop even further.

  5. FlaFla September 20, 2009 at 3:51 pm -

    RU on t.v.

    That’s a problem with most of the male and general sports over the past few years featuring Australia, the teams are in a slow decline.

  6. Craig September 20, 2009 at 3:45 pm -

    It’s amazing how 24 hours can change things, love that TEN won the last night of the week. Now bring on CMC!

  7. wamdue September 20, 2009 at 12:54 pm -

    any good reason why neighbours got its lowest rating of the year on Friday?

  8. Johnson September 20, 2009 at 12:35 pm -

    Seven’s ratings yesterday was not helped by the Wallabies’ poor effort in the Bledisloe Cup rugby union clash against the All Blacks in New Zealand. People stayed away from the match and switched to Nine News and Australia’s Funniest Home Videos. If the Wallabies’ poor form continue, then their presence on free-to-air TV could not be guaranteed.

  9. Kenny September 20, 2009 at 12:33 pm -

    Rugby Union cost Seven the night and the week (although Seven did beat Nine since Nine needed another channel’s figures, GO!, to make it a “Nine win”). why does Seven persist with RU in primetime when its figures are so miniscule?

  10. tv September 20, 2009 at 11:59 am -

    seven tanked on saturday. Even with the good result 10 got on saturday, they still managed to get less points than last week. Total viewers for Deal and Hotseat has dropped by 300-400 thousand for the last 3 weeks. Friday was terrible, under 1.2 million for a combined total, I guess fatigue has set in for both shows.

  11. Dino September 20, 2009 at 11:37 am -

    Friday an absolute shocker for Ten, and huge for Seven, Saturday vice versa.

  12. Craig September 20, 2009 at 10:47 am -

    Ouch! 14.5% for TEN Friday night, The Simpsons movie can’t come soon enough.

  13. lallaloo September 20, 2009 at 9:12 am -

    Last Chance Surg..i can not understand, who, on earth would want to watch such a depressing and morbid show. What is wrong with these people who look at this?

    This is not entertainment but similar to gawking at car crashes as you drive by. 1,000,000 people watch this, well i seriously hope i never run into those people on the street or worse still, know any (im pretty sure i don’t).

    What is wrong with people watching stuff like this?? What next..top ten worst fatal car crashes caught on camera / top ten on camera shootingS (where all participants died of course) / ..and im sure 1,000,000 sickos would watch it.

  14. marcus September 19, 2009 at 12:34 pm -

    Fair suck of the sauce bottle David – any chance of getting last nights ratings up before Sunday?

  15. Hal Thompson September 19, 2009 at 9:41 am -

    I see Today overtook Sunrise again! Looking good for the best team at Breakfast!

  16. ryan September 18, 2009 at 6:56 pm -

    @ goonies: lol cheers, i nearly do sometimes

  17. Kuttsywood September 18, 2009 at 6:15 pm -

    Seven must seriously be worried. Bar the hourlong ep on Monday, Deal in Brisbane hasn’t even gone over 130k all week. The major effect of the Extra axing is now well and truly being felt, that being that 200k is no longer achievable, in that key slot in Brisbane, where Extra often dominated Deal.

    If I were running BTQ, I’d be planning to move Deal to 5pm in the short term, and get a local product on screen, to regain some momentum, and save face.

  18. Naomi September 18, 2009 at 5:23 pm -

    For what it’s worth, in the hope that TV programmers read these comments, I am annoyed that Channel 7 keeps moving City Homicide too. I don’t think it can be called a “flop”, always rating over 1 million people. And it’s far more polished and exciting than Rescue Special Ops. Is it because channel 7 doesn’t have good numbers on a Wednesday? Whatever the reason, CH has had 3 different nights! Give it a chance.

  19. Tepee September 18, 2009 at 5:12 pm -

    Watched Glee for the first time last night and I liked it – frothy but cute. I wonder if those numbers will go up next week as 1.1mill+ already saw the ep that was on last night.

  20. Craig September 18, 2009 at 4:49 pm -

    @Edu – Glee was shown a few months back around the same time it was on in the US, a marketing ploy by Fox (and TEN) to get the word out, Last night was the Directors Cut but I didn’t see any difference. Next week the season stars, it has had two additional eps air in the US so we are only a few weeks behind.

    ITA I thought the numbers would be higher and hope they grow.

  21. Belinda September 18, 2009 at 4:36 pm -

    Ducko, to increase the sexual tension…

  22. Harry September 18, 2009 at 3:03 pm -

    NCIS LA is on 8.30 Wednesday, isnt it? I keep seeing people say its on at 9.30 – Could you confirm this David? 8.30 or 9.30?

    Good number for Rush. Im so happy that the show has finally found an audience and is taking charge in its second season. Not the number I thought Glee would pull – I was expecting a much higher figure, even though it was a repeat.

  23. Edu September 18, 2009 at 2:52 pm -

    Why was Glee an encore, when was it shown before?
    Glee was a bit chequered last night, it has its moments but I will tune in again next week and see how it goes from there. I only watched it because of Jane Lynch who happens to be my favourite shrink from 2.5 Men, lol!

  24. Goonies September 18, 2009 at 1:59 pm -

    @ ryan – I hope you never get a job as a programmer at ten because you would wreck it for me!

    Full points for your ongoing enthusiasm though, I sometimes worry that you are going to explode from overexcitement!

  25. Craig September 18, 2009 at 1:43 pm -

    Loved the Skippy special!

    300 million viewers world wide each week at it’s peak, how many shows can do those numbers now?

  26. David Knox September 18, 2009 at 12:10 pm -

    I actually thought Skippy would go higher. Sure it’s a good figure but in times of recession nostalgia is apparently huge.

  27. meiji-era September 18, 2009 at 11:59 am -

    Amazing Figures for ABC Last night,Thanks to Skippy!

  28. Kelly September 18, 2009 at 11:15 am -

    Re: Glee Premiere
    I’m sure ive seen all the ads for Glee have the premiere date Sep 24th (next Thurs) as its the 2nd ep. I dont recall seeing any ads for the ep last night?
    I watched it again though cause i saw it on the ep guide. So those numbers arent too bad for a repeat that wasnt really advertised.

  29. Lewis September 18, 2009 at 11:03 am -

    Oh boy. Those TAR figures are pretty poor. But a bit perplexing too. First episode went down from Gary Unmarried, but second episode went up above both of them. Weird.

  30. Ducko September 18, 2009 at 11:02 am -

    A lot of people rave about Rush but its numbers have declined again this week. BTW, why do they have unisex change-rooms in Rush?

  31. NiK C September 18, 2009 at 10:30 am -

    @ Ryan I agree last nights was a great Rush episode. However I really liked the episode where the Armoured Van was hijacked. I really enjoy it! I hope its ratings increase a bit more and are not affected by CSI next week.

  32. Jerome September 18, 2009 at 10:25 am -

    i think ten would be disappointed with glee even if it was a repeat. it was one of the biggest promotions ten has ever had, it was obviously their big hope for the back end. if ten were going to be happy with 871k and just 38.0% (commercial) in 18-49 against the competition like that for the premier, i don’t think they would have given it a 3 month promotion, used the MC finale leadout on it, brought the cast to aus etc.

  33. Amir September 18, 2009 at 10:20 am -

    I don’t those are the sort of numbers that Ten wanted for Glee…
    Why doesn’t anyone watch television on a Thursday?

  34. CrAig September 18, 2009 at 9:52 am -

    Wow, looks like the encore of Glee did pretty well considering it was a repeat.

    Though once again the OAP over 50’s dragged the total people down. I think their share should count for less. The Glee demos for 16-39, 18-49 & 25-54 are quite impressive!

    It’ll be interesting to see what the new ep gets next week.

  35. MR September 18, 2009 at 8:52 am -

    So much for the Glee hipe from Ten and to see it was only a repeat
    at least show the repeat at another day and time and keep thursday premier as a new one
    waste of tens time and sothern x 10 still advertising little Britan for sundays

  36. ryan September 18, 2009 at 3:42 am -

    @ harry: totally agree man, law and orders aren’t what they were except s.v.u, law and order uk is more of a 10.30 or 11.30 program, and they could put it on any day, the news should be pushed back to 11.30 to have another hr show and to keep viewers since 9 and 7 have shows on while 10 usualy has news and i do watch it but i would still at 11.30 then it should be sex and the city and letterman. law and order s.v.u is coming back but i love burn notice, it prob would work well after rush on thur if burn fails, but burn could easily go to another 9.30 slot ten fails in like fri, or wed after ncis l.a. sat should be a movie night after the footy finishes period, young people are out so target families. fridays should be another family night but movies later and game shows like grader on earlier. and when idol’s show shortens and rove moves to 9 nurse jackie should be on at 10 at the latest and before little britain!

  37. ryan September 18, 2009 at 3:31 am -

    i watched glee, rush and burn notice and i had the best 3 hrs of watching tv in ages! every show was bloody awesome esp burn notice. rush has stepped up which is good cause i havnt liked the last few eps, and glee was pretty dam funny. good lineup by ten, hope it all rates well

  38. Nick September 17, 2009 at 11:58 pm -

    The ABC should do an additional ‘Q and A’ on another night. It’s a great show.

  39. Boy Wonder September 17, 2009 at 11:28 pm -

    Why does 7 keep stuffing around City Homicide? I’m sure it was once a +1.6mil show until it took off to Sundays and now it’s mid week@ 1.175.

  40. JenC September 17, 2009 at 8:07 pm -

    Yes those Glee promos have been annoying me too for some time.
    I know I probably watch more TV than the average person, but it’s been overkill IMO. On that basis, I’m not watching.

  41. frankie fox September 17, 2009 at 7:42 pm -

    okay everyone i am sorry but because everyone complained about 3, 2.5 men on tuesday i thought they did better than a 1 hour show,,

  42. Ry September 17, 2009 at 7:37 pm -

    NW said “CM also improved greatly upon Earl’s numbers considering there was a lack of promotion for it ”

    Loved the ad for Criminal Minds on Prime last night “at the sexy new timeslot, tonight 9.30!.”


  43. MR September 17, 2009 at 5:10 pm -

    Pity LO UK not working for Ten as it is not a bad show,a bit rushed in the end but well acted and London looks good.
    Hope it on after when NCIS LA starts soon on Wednesdays at 9.30

  44. Studley Dudley September 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm -

    Axe the 7PM Project and bring back Blankety Blanks !!

  45. NW September 17, 2009 at 3:50 pm -

    Seven had a very strong night, with CH retaining its total-people damaged numbers but gaining quite a lot in the demo’s

    Last Night: City Homicide 39 35 37 37
    Monday (14/09): City Homicide 34 21 25 28
    Nice increases there. CM also improved greatly upon Earl’s numbers considering there was a lack of promotion for it whilst also retaining those strong demo-wins, handing Seven across the board win in all demo’s.

    Nine does well with the older crew, TEN bombs and cannot wait for September to end.

  46. Harry September 17, 2009 at 3:34 pm -

    I really think TEN should stop with the crime shows. I love NCIS, Rush and am looking forward to NCIS LA but too many L&O’s. The UK series has fallen hard as have all the L&O Series except SVU when it was on Thursdays. Try something new!

  47. Goonies September 17, 2009 at 3:04 pm -

    Whenever you have to ask ‘how did that rate so well’ remind yourself it was probably LCD tv.

    Unfortunately Australia seems to be in love with LCD tv.

  48. JM September 17, 2009 at 1:18 pm -

    What happened to Without A Trace…. did they not split the 2 new episodes into individual shows? 554000 looks like the average of the 9:30 & 10:30 episode together

  49. bindi September 17, 2009 at 1:00 pm -

    frankie fox – the ratings are averaged out, so you would not take 2 half hour shows and just add them together to compare to a 1 hour show which has already been averaged. you would have to take both the 2.5 men figures, add them together and then divide by two, the average would be 1,126,000 which is thrashed by city homicide and strictest parents.

  50. Brodie September 17, 2009 at 12:46 pm -

    Even your explanation makes no sense Frankie Fox. You’ve completely lost me, and I don’t think i’m the only one.

    You’re saying 2.5 Men thrashed World’s Strcitest – it didn’t, in fact it was the other way round.

    2.5 Men wasn’t even in the same slot as City Homicide, so how can you say it thrashed it? Especially when City Homicide had more viewers.

  51. bob September 17, 2009 at 12:36 pm -

    how could 2.5 men smash WSP and CH, the average of the 2 half hour episodes is less than the figures of CH and WSP

  52. frankie fox September 17, 2009 at 12:05 pm -

    2.5 men 2 half hour shows = 1hour, whats not to understand

  53. Rutzie September 17, 2009 at 11:55 am -

    Normal service resumes with Sunrise beating Today comfortably. Hot Seat seems to be turning into another Nine flop. They must be worried by it’s performance over the past couple of weeks. Another woeful performance by Ten. Note to The 7pm Project producers, Get rid of Hughesy!

  54. Brodie September 17, 2009 at 11:54 am -

    frankie fox said
    “city homicide and strictest parents are both 1hour shows, so i guess 2.5 men thrashed both shows”

    That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

  55. Ben September 17, 2009 at 11:08 am -

    ABC should have showed the Madonna episode of Star Stories that would have helped retain some of the audience of Spicks and Specks. The Simon Cowell episode is not one of the better ones.

  56. Trev September 17, 2009 at 11:04 am -

    Maybe I’m becoming cynical as I age, but I cannot regard programs that occasionally use a patient’s last 2 hours on Earth as entertainment. Organ transplants are extremely important, but once again very low on the list as entertainment and as for programs stacked with so called financial wizards informing me to become rich and self sufficient by taking up pole dancing, what a frightening prospect. Despite this, all three shows attract over 1 million viewers each and every week….How and Why?

  57. damo September 17, 2009 at 10:56 am -

    today must have beat sunrise on tuesday. because people were waiting for the tennis to start

  58. frankie fox September 17, 2009 at 10:55 am -

    city homicide and strictest parents are both 1hour shows, so i guess 2.5 men thrashed both shows

  59. Brodie September 17, 2009 at 10:20 am -

    City Homicide held most of its audience in the move to Wednesday, but still quite low. World’s Strictest UK doing quite well, easily beating 2.5 Men and Money for Jam which continues to shed viewers.

    Yet another shocking night for Ten, nothing over 1m with their highest rating show being The Simpsons repeat 2.

  60. Belinda September 17, 2009 at 10:12 am -

    City Homicide is going to bomb, up against NCIS:LA and Hey Hey.

  61. Boy Wonder September 17, 2009 at 9:19 am -

    @Trev “Magda was quoted as saying she may park her bike at Ten for a while. Going on last nights figures for Spearman it won’t be long before she’s on it again” Thats hilarious!

  62. Craig September 17, 2009 at 7:51 am -

    Did we get any warning about L&O last night or did I miss the press release and they were too busy with the coming weeks with NCIS and such returning?

    The second L&O UK which I almost missed was one of the best things I’ve seen this year on TV, Freema Agyeman was fantastic and we got no promotion for it, that I saw! And on top of that we are left with no more L&O UK until TEN decides to return it. My ‘friend’ that I can usually rely on when the networks let me down can’t help this time either.

    Sorry for the rant!

  63. mak September 17, 2009 at 7:05 am -

    Agreed, Brad. My how people jump to conclusions on results which suddenly skew sharply from the norm. The tennis appears to have pushed Toady ahead of Sunrise over the two days.
    @Boy Wonder “After months of popping into the Today Show for a minute or two between commercials on Sunrise I realized a few days ago that I actually have a smile on my face when I watch Today” I guess we all know why you have a smile on your face. To the bat cave batman………..

  64. David Knox September 16, 2009 at 10:53 pm -

    It is an Aussie first. S5 hasn’t aired in Oz before.

  65. Jed September 16, 2009 at 10:46 pm -

    Why is GO! advertising The Wire as an Aussie first? Is the show still going?? Or did they realise ABC2 is actually giving it respect and thought they’d try and do the same now??

  66. Rutzie September 16, 2009 at 10:19 pm -

    Goodnight Spearman Experiment, and for all the people saying they should give Magda a proper set, Nine do the same thing with 20 to 1. I find Magda completely unfunny as a host and can someone explain to me why a repeat episode of 20 to 1 pulls almost 1.3million. That pranks and practical jokes episode has been on at least 3 times this year.

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