Week 51

By David Knox on December 14, 2009 / Filed Under Ratings 78

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Source: OzTAM


  1. Jake December 24, 2009 at 2:51 pm -

    The Office could have gotten better ratings, if it were not for the Ten Networks’ poor implementation of the program. They should have went back to season 2 and worked with that.

  2. aznfratboy December 21, 2009 at 12:47 am -

    The reason Gary Unmarried and Accidentely on Purpose make primetime and 30 Rock gets a nosebleeds timeslot is because Gary and Accidentely are both from CBS, the top network in America, I doubt Australia wants to pi** off CBS, it’s also why Two and a Half Men gets 50 million timeslots a week during the ratings period.

    I cannot believe that the 6pm News wins the days and week’s ratings, and shows that air in the proper primetime (7:30-10:30, 6:30-10:30 for Sundays) don’t get a spot in the top 10, does everybody in Australia fall asleep at 7:30 or something?

  3. Nik C December 20, 2009 at 6:21 pm -

    Is there any chance the ratings for Wild at Heart are available from ABC2 last night? Any idea why it rated well on ABC1 and they held off most the year and put it on ABC2?

  4. tv December 20, 2009 at 4:59 pm -

    All charmed episodes were shown. The final episodes of season 8 were burned off at noon in 2 weeks, so there is no chance that ten will play them again.

  5. Craig December 20, 2009 at 4:24 pm -

    @kevin – TEN didn’t axe Charmed since it didn’t make it. It was ended after 8 years on the WB in the US and while I miss it too I think it was getting beyond it’s used by date.

    @mike – I like Paula Marshall more :)

    Yes it’s a same 30 Rock is still not in prime-time but shows like Gary Unmarried grow on you. Accidently on Purpose is okay I like Jenna but it’s not likely to make it past S1, as for According to Jim it’s now gone but I mainly watched it for Courtney Thorne-Smith.

    :lol: I think there is a pattern to my TV viewing.

  6. Jed December 19, 2009 at 2:48 pm -

    Ten’s Movie of the Week……About a Boy. Which would mean Love Actually the week after in time for Xmas.

  7. mike December 19, 2009 at 8:45 am -

    How friggen hot is jamie king on Gary Unmarried. She used to be one of the herion shiek models in the 1990’s.

  8. frankie lupo December 19, 2009 at 8:42 am -

    have to agree according to jim is one of the worst shows that i have seen, the office and 30 rock 10 times better

  9. ness December 19, 2009 at 2:35 am -

    Totally agree with Brodie, there are so many good shows out there and TV stations continue to dish out such crap!

  10. Andrew December 18, 2009 at 11:11 pm -

    Whacked Out Sports! what kind of drugs are people on??

    The Office gradually getting better ratngs but the ads don’t do the show justice which is a shame or more people would tune in.

  11. Brodie December 18, 2009 at 9:40 pm -

    It really is sad that sitcoms like Gary Unmarried and Accidently on Purpose are given the opportunity of an early timeslot, yet comedy gold like 30 Rock is subjected to late nights.

    According to Jim is right up there in the worst sitcom stakes.

  12. kevin December 18, 2009 at 9:28 pm -

    i think they should show Charmed at 6:30 Saturday before Merlin for an actual “seriously magical” night. I miss charmed, cant beleieve ten axed it in its eighth year, sad, just sad.

  13. David Knox December 18, 2009 at 6:56 pm -

    Ok we’re getting a little off topic, but I gotta throw in Mama’s Family. Might have to run a poll on this one…

  14. Amir December 18, 2009 at 6:52 pm -

    You’ve all forgotten about Til’ Death. That is the most painful show I have ever watched.

  15. Allie December 18, 2009 at 4:41 pm -

    Oh Lord, I forgot about According to Jim, one of the worst sitcoms to come down the pike, ever. A total dog of a show.

  16. Ryano December 18, 2009 at 4:22 pm -

    @Andrew F
    We’ll if Ten were “serious” about the future of the show they would make something like this happen.
    7PM Project has to dig deep for answers if they want to get an audience over 850K and the 16-39s each night.

  17. Ben December 18, 2009 at 4:05 pm -

    David I know it’s difficult but has TNA Xplosion on ONE popped up on any ratings data you’ve been sent?

  18. 2.5men December 18, 2009 at 3:38 pm -

    According to Jim, Garry Unmarried, Rule of Engagement…. those shows are great, really watchable and fun to watch.

    Whats the deal with Die Hard 1 and C7? I mean all the other Die Hard movies have been moved to different Networks over the years, yet Die Hard 1 stays on C7? Any reasons behind this?

    Also looking at the advance print TV guide, the last week of December (and only that week), C10 are showing Malcolm in the Middle 3 times a day – 11.30am and 7-8pm. Great news, but I feel the need to complain just like when 2.5 Me….. nevermind :)

  19. ryan December 18, 2009 at 3:23 pm -

    accidently on purpose was pretty good last night, alot better than previous eps, and the office was also pretty good.
    7pm project boring as hell! deserves its crap ratings
    Ten need to bring back burn notice! put it on at either 8.30 or 9.30 thur!

  20. Ben December 18, 2009 at 3:07 pm -

    Is it just summer ratings are lower, or is genuinely no one really watching Accident on Purpose?? It’s my households favourite summer gem. Best american sitcom in a long time.

  21. Tom Morgan December 18, 2009 at 2:45 pm -

    has anyone noticed nine news has been winning brisbane for the last few days?

  22. ozzzie December 18, 2009 at 2:16 pm -

    but at least according to jim is on the daytime where standards are alot lower.

  23. Goonies December 18, 2009 at 1:55 pm -

    Ooooo David – bagging out According to Jim – how could you !?

    I guess this show is my personal ‘2.5 Morons’

  24. David Knox December 18, 2009 at 12:49 pm -

    Up there with According to Jim?

  25. Andrew B December 18, 2009 at 12:38 pm -

    Accidentally on Purpose vs Garry Unmarried – both amongst the worst sitcoms ever!

  26. Andrew F December 18, 2009 at 12:06 pm -

    @Ryano I think Hamish might struggle to get from South Melbourne to South Yarra after finishing a radio show at 6pm. Why would he jump on a sinking ship when he’s got the most popular radio show int he country and probably makes more money than he would in tv?

  27. Allie December 18, 2009 at 10:08 am -

    Seven News continues to thump the living tripe out of Nine News in Sydney. Mark Ferguson must be so loving this,as success is the best revenge and he is lording it over Peter Overton at the moment. Nine News had one win this week, with a slight 9,000 more viewers. Last night, Seven had 140,000-odd more viewers for their 6pm bulletin than Nine did. Ouch!!!!!!!!!! I have no idea what Nine’s Sydney news room can do to stop Seven’s 6pm ascendancy.

    The 7pm Project continues to tank – when is 10 going to stick a fork in this turkey? Also, how bad is Gary Unmarried??? It’s up there with Rules of Engagement as being almost unwatchable, it is absolutely terrible.

  28. Tony R. December 18, 2009 at 9:11 am -

    Re: The 7pm Project. Did anyone catch Ten’s news last night, where that
    annoying little weatherman practically drowned Charlie Pickering with
    compliments about his “breakout success” and “new hit show” ?
    The look on Charlie’s face as he tried to hose down this obvious b.s. was
    Just how stupid do they think we are?

  29. Ryano December 18, 2009 at 4:40 am -

    What Ten can do to save the 7PM Project in 2010?
    Put a fat $$$ contract in front of the most recognized and liked person in Australia…Hamish Blake.

  30. 2.5men December 17, 2009 at 9:25 pm -

    RE: Arrested Development

    not sure if it will work. its looks like one of those “tv niche” shows where people know about the show, it would get viewers but not enough to warrant a primetime slot. It’s similar liking to The Office and 30 Rock.

    Also the show is over, so they wouldn’t be able to offer “brand new” episodes to viewers along side of the older episodes. However, chucking on a 2nd SD channel would work

    and remember, no matter how much awards a show get, no matter how much critics like it, it’s not always going to translate into a ratings success. its just the way it is

  31. Benny December 17, 2009 at 8:41 pm -

    Here’s an idea:
    Maybe Ten should buy the rights of Arrested Development from seven and try it in their 7pm slot that will be vacated once 7pm project is dumped. The show is arguably the best comedy of the decade and if advertised correctly, could lead viewers to ten for their 7pm comedy fix (rather than 2.5 men). They can’t really do it with the office now because they treated it all wrong, but AD could be a fresh start… Even if it doesn’t work they will still have an A grade program for their new channel next year. So much potential; somebody just needs to realise how to utilize it!

  32. bigkev December 17, 2009 at 7:47 pm -

    Seems to me, that Nine has a strong audience in Sydney and Melbourne for its news, current affairs and Today programme, daily usually beating Seven. The problem seems to lie in the other states where the ratings are doubled by Seven…. what is the reason for that, in particular with Sunrise vs. Today

  33. David Knox December 17, 2009 at 7:03 pm -

    Ok there appears to have been some issues for some readers seeing new Posts, hopefully this is now fixed.

  34. catherine December 17, 2009 at 2:40 pm -

    In melbourne at 9:30 last night ch 7 showed the Take. Its meant to be a British version of underbelly. I didn’t watch it but thats what it was described by.

  35. Edu December 17, 2009 at 1:55 pm -

    Lynda La Plante’s The Commander was really good last night, I wonder if it’s on again next wednesday?

  36. RichoTB December 17, 2009 at 1:48 pm -

    What’s with the complete hiatus?

  37. Ben December 17, 2009 at 12:54 pm -

    Lewis, I would presume that people tuned into Survivor after the Obama special finished.

  38. David Knox December 17, 2009 at 12:44 pm -

    Fgj, they are added as you can see by other comments and on the front page. Sounds like a browser prob?

  39. Brodie December 17, 2009 at 12:34 pm -

    HIMYM repeats really starting to dominate, largely at the expense of The 7pm Project. Great result for Cold Case, one of the better summer offerings. What was shown in Melbourne instead of the Criminal Minds rpt at 9.30?

  40. Fgj December 17, 2009 at 12:34 pm -

    Where’s Tuesday and wensday ratings

  41. Lewis December 17, 2009 at 9:45 am -

    The 7pm Project’s Bondi week has killed it. It’s so bad.

    I don’t understand why TAR’s finale did so much better than the rest of the season. Well, to be honest it wasn’t that much better, but who’s tuning in to watch the last episode without watching the rest of them?

    Even more perplexing is that the second ep of Survivor beat the first one.

  42. frankie lupo December 16, 2009 at 7:10 pm -

    bring back 2.5 men

  43. Pooky December 16, 2009 at 3:27 pm -

    I see GO has two episodes of The Wire scheduled for Wednesday night. What happened to the final episode (18) of Eleventh Hour? Next week maybe?

  44. ryan December 16, 2009 at 3:20 pm -

    that is a shocking result on a tue for 7pm project! Ten need to realise its had its time and it hasnt worked!
    Great to see the xmas special and ncis pull good numbers for ten.

  45. Brodie December 16, 2009 at 12:51 pm -

    The 7pm Project isn’t looking any healthier this summer. The competition is weak, and still it is trailing by a wide margin.

    Ten might want to rethink moving their realities to 7.30.

  46. Justin December 15, 2009 at 11:50 pm -

    To those wondering where Monday’s Furturama went – Ten has moved the new eps to 8pm Wednesday, rather than screen a repeat ep in the slot of their Animation-Fixation line-up.

    Article – http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/12/gone-numb3rs-jamie-oliver-bumped-futurama-white-collar.html

  47. Craig December 15, 2009 at 10:23 pm -

    Not bad SG:U numbers over the 2 hours, any idea what each hour got?

    OT – Damn I just realized they move White Collar tonight, how long will it last on TEN?

  48. Brodie December 15, 2009 at 8:01 pm -

    Excellent result for 30 Rock. Could well do a ‘Scrubs’, and finally make the successful move from late night to prime time – that is if Seven come to their senses.

  49. tasmanian devil December 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm -

    It’s good to see Hot Seat beat Deal or No Deal, even if the latter is a repeat. The fact that it bombed in 2004, when Deal Or No Deal was still a bit novel, and now it’s getting much stronger figures, goes to show that after all these years Australians are getting bored with Deal Or No Deal’s vapid format and switching over to something a little more high brow (emphasis on little).

  50. Andrew December 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm -

    Man vs Wild is so old! Why is it getting good ratings?

  51. Tim December 15, 2009 at 5:20 pm -

    I guess SGU with 744 isnt too bad, same episode in US got 2.35mill, just over 3x more, when the US scifi base has got to be at least 10 times bigger than ours.

  52. vicki b December 15, 2009 at 5:19 pm -

    I was all set to watch Supernatural and it wasn’t on. Boo!!! It better be back next week.

    @Tony R, I also wondered the same, what happened to Futurama? Times like this I really wish that Channel Ten’s second channel wasn’t all sport, some great shows will be left out in the cold with nowhere to go.

  53. THTANK December 15, 2009 at 4:22 pm -

    I quite enjoyed SGU. It wasn’t like SG-1 or Atlantis but the story was well written. They have just announced that SGU has been given a second season.

    I hope Channel 10 hang on to this and not drop it to 12:30 like what Channel 7 did.

  54. Kyall December 15, 2009 at 2:58 pm -

    Wow! 416,000 for a 10:30 repeat of a show that has always aired at 11:30! 30 Rock for prime time in 2010!

  55. Kenny December 15, 2009 at 2:16 pm -

    Overton -v- Ferguson in Sydney. Ferguson +63,000. No “cricket delay” etc. etc. to blame this week.

  56. Daniel December 15, 2009 at 2:12 pm -

    SGU numbers look alright… Waterboy beat it though :(

  57. Harry December 15, 2009 at 1:30 pm -

    Glee was ok on Sunday, i enjoyed the second last episode better though, Ive actuallly only watched the last 2 eps of S1. Deserves much better figures.

  58. ryan December 15, 2009 at 1:23 pm -

    Since kim watkins isn’t on 9am anymore i would like to see her given another series of saving babies! this show if a can recall did ok for ten and could be something that could work on a friday to draw in older viewers. I’m also surprised to see kim isn’t hosting the summer series on ten for the last few weeks and this may have something to do with her work on the new show?

  59. ryan December 15, 2009 at 12:40 pm -

    7pm project was hell bad last night, ten are trying everything and its still not working, on the other hand im really enjoying the middle! hell funny show!

  60. Dino December 15, 2009 at 12:21 pm -

    Peter Overton is nothing short of a failure, easily beaten by Mark Ferguson on Sunday and Monday. I bet the Nine News division are licking their wounds right about now.

    Fantastic result for The Middle, and 30 Rock repeats (at 10.30pm), two of the better sitcoms this summer.

  61. angelsgal December 15, 2009 at 12:12 pm -

    The Middle is retaining great out of 2.5men. Its a great show and im really enjoying it. I hope it continues to do well. The Mentalist is repeating very well and i expect it will dominate the monday slot come next year. As for SGU it did alot better than i expected and alot better than supernatural. Shame 7pm let Ten down. This show is great but ten have tried everything. They now have to accept defeat IMO and either move it to 10.30 in place of its news for 1hour or move it to 6pm after news and hope it retains some of that audience, its not that much more expensive than simpsons repeats (according to romour) so if it can do 700k or so ten would be happy wouldnt they? Rules repeat didnt do much worse than new Futurama with very little advertising so hopefully it can get up 2 about 70k or so for ten. Malcolm is doing just as well as nieghbours had been doing this time of year. Im enjoying watching these classic eps and wont be suprised if its an ancor show for tens new channel the way Seinfeld is for GO.

  62. Tony R. December 15, 2009 at 12:04 pm -

    What happened to Futurama?

  63. Tony December 15, 2009 at 10:37 am -

    Glee and John Adams both deserve bigger audiences.

  64. 2.5men December 15, 2009 at 10:30 am -

    Oh man, I was watching the NFL on channel ONE yesterday and the game was being broadcast by CBS. And as they do, a promo with footage popped up out of nowhere about the final 6 survivors for Survivor Samoa!

    Luckily I was able to run out the room in time

    So, just a word of warning guys

  65. callas December 15, 2009 at 7:24 am -

    agree with most here about Glee… i thought the entire episode was entertaining but the highlight for me was rachel singing “dont rain on my parade”… wow is all i can say about it and i’m sure streisand would have loved it too !!

  66. ryan December 14, 2009 at 6:07 pm -

    why the hell isn’t ten playing burn notice eps? it did alot better than ci is doing!

  67. Alvin December 14, 2009 at 5:34 pm -

    @Marco: I agree with you. That My Life Would Suck Without You performance just puts a smile on my face. Shame we have to wait till April for new eps of glee

  68. Goonies December 14, 2009 at 5:31 pm -

    I am absolutey loving Heartbreak High on ABC3 at 8.30pm. I was 14 at the time these eps originally went to air. It stands the test of time as well as Degrassi in my opinion.

    Poor teenagers today – do they have any decent teen soaps? Blue Water High and Home and Away do not count cause they have too litle realism IMO.

  69. DanR December 14, 2009 at 4:20 pm -

    Glee was awesome! What’s wrong with Sydneysiders? Only 228,000 viewers – once again Melbourne shows it has more taste

  70. Andrew B December 14, 2009 at 4:01 pm -

    Melbourne figures for all the GO shows are very high compared to everywhere else.

  71. Marco December 14, 2009 at 3:33 pm -

    The final performance in Glee last night (My Life Would Suck Without You), was fantastic, and cleverly rewarded the season-long fans with nods to previous episodes, including the Single Ladies dancemoves by Kurt, the flicking of hair done by the girls from the Hairography episode, and the raunchy dances moves from when they performed Push It and horrified the entire school. I can’t stop rewinding the final performance on my IQ2 because it just puts the biggest smile on my face. Can’t wait for the back nine!

  72. ryan December 14, 2009 at 3:12 pm -

    @Bouges: They must be stoners:)

  73. ryan December 14, 2009 at 2:39 pm -

    last night ep of glee was bloody awesome! i dont usually watch every ep but that 1 has hooked me in for next yrs new eps!
    could aussies be any more of a bunch of loosers for watching the vicar of dibley and a bones repeat to get our fix, what has seven done? brainwashed u people! do u know what good tv actually is?

  74. Bogues December 14, 2009 at 1:49 pm -

    More people watched Weeds (Go!) in Melbourne than all other mainland states combined. That’s an interesting figure.

  75. Ziggy December 14, 2009 at 1:10 pm -

    John Adams is great. Seems like people will only tune in to period dramas if they are British period dramas.

  76. Justin December 14, 2009 at 12:58 pm -

    Alvin Ten have the rights to the whole season of Glee and future seasons. They will air the second part of the season when it returns in April next year.

  77. Jed December 14, 2009 at 12:06 pm -

    Huh…Nine news on Sunday usually seems to beat Seven news in Adelaide despite Seven winning every other night, but this week Seven has smashed them.

    Glee last night was excellent, i love that show. Even my apprentice plumber brother rang me to tell me to record it. One thing i have with Glee, why don’t the other 2 guys talk at all??? Well one had a line last night, but would it kill them to let them talk a bit more.

  78. Alvin December 14, 2009 at 11:57 am -

    Glee’s mid-season finale was the best episode yet! Is ten going to pick it up for the second part of the season next year?

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