Aussie dramas flicker in heated ratings battles

By David Knox on July 31, 2011 / Filed Under News 19

Drama production has been quite healthy of late but last week it struggled to make an impact as Reality and Variety dominated Week 31 of ratings.

Only one drama series, the UK import Midsomer Murders, managed a place in the Top 20 shows.

Only one Australian drama, Home and Away, landed in the Top 50.

In fairness it was a week without Winners & Losers, while Offspring and Sea Patrol have concluded. But Crownies is doing it tough while Rescue Special Ops has just learned it will not be recommissioned by Nine.

Australia’s Got Talent was the week’s top show on 2.19m viewers, while The Block and MasterChef were best for Nine and TEN respectively.

Network:
Seven: 28.9
Nine: 27.3
TEN: 23.1
ABC: 15.1
SBS: 5.6

Primary Channels:
Seven: 21.4
Nine: 20.3
TEN: 17.3
ABC1: 11.8
SBS1: 4.9

Multichannels:
GO!: 4.3
7TWO: 4.2
ELEVEN: 3.4
7mate: 3.2
GEM: 2.7
ONE: 2.4
ABC2: 2.1
SBS2: 0.7
ABC3: 0.6
ABC News 24: 0.6

Nine again topped all 3 key demos: 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54 with Seven in third place.

Seven was first in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth, but Nine won Melbourne and Brisbane.

Seven took out Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday while Nine won Sunday Monday and Thursday. TEN bettered Seven on Thursday.

Top 100
Rnk Description Stn Network Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 Australia’s Got Talent-Tue Seven 2,191,000 655,000 642,000 396,000 261,000 238,000
2 The Block -Sun Nine 1,836,000 509,000 711,000 333,000 151,000 132,000
3 Masterchef Australia Sun Ten 1,806,000 581,000 511,000 357,000 169,000 188,000
4 Masterchef Australia Mon Ten 1,675,000 475,000 567,000 256,000 187,000 192,000
5 Masterchef Australia Wed Ten 1,675,000 446,000 563,000 292,000 160,000 214,000
6 Nine News Sunday Nine 1,670,000 566,000 554,000 308,000 149,000 94,000
7 Seven News – Sun Seven 1,528,000 319,000 411,000 281,000 164,000 353,000
8 Masterchef Australia Thurs Ten 1,528,000 429,000 448,000 294,000 161,000 196,000
9 The Block -Tue Nine 1,518,000 419,000 580,000 271,000 129,000 119,000
10 The Block -Mon Nine 1,486,000 410,000 561,000 266,000 123,000 126,000
11 Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year Nine 1,458,000 379,000 551,000 207,000 161,000 159,000
12 Masterchef Australia Tues Ten 1,356,000 386,000 468,000 214,000 145,000 143,000
13 The Block -Wed Nine 1,352,000 355,000 520,000 250,000 115,000 112,000
14 Seven News Seven 1,314,000 306,000 375,000 254,000 159,000 221,000
15 The Block -Thu Nine 1,296,000 310,000 490,000 245,000 130,000 121,000
16 Sunday Night Seven 1,284,000 330,000 323,000 234,000 169,000 228,000
17 60 Minutes Nine 1,240,000 334,000 413,000 241,000 135,000 116,000
18 Today Tonight Seven 1,230,000 305,000 345,000 223,000 147,000 210,000
19 Seven News – Sat Seven 1,217,000 269,000 302,000 286,000 150,000 209,000
20 Midsomer Murders ABC1 1,154,000 318,000 344,000 199,000 133,000 160,000
21 Nine News Nine 1,154,000 335,000 376,000 242,000 112,000 90,000
22 The Block -Fri Nine 1,139,000 361,000 393,000 186,000 89,000 111,000
23 Better Homes And Gardens Seven 1,104,000 285,000 338,000 184,000 127,000 171,000
24 Dinner Date Australia Seven 1,099,000 337,000 368,000 150,000 136,000 109,000
25 Bones Seven 1,068,000 366,000 265,000 199,000 111,000 128,000
26 A Current Affair Nine 1,060,000 301,000 356,000 222,000 102,000 80,000
27 Grand Designs ABC1 1,040,000 274,000 344,000 172,000 106,000 143,000
28 Criminal Minds Seven 1,034,000 289,000 292,000 209,000 124,000 121,000
29 Hot Property Nine 1,028,000 310,000 355,000 174,000 126,000 62,000
30 Home And Away Seven 1,023,000 281,000 263,000 211,000 124,000 144,000
31 Highway Patrol Seven 997,000 304,000 273,000 191,000 107,000 121,000
32 The Renovators Mon Ten 983,000 278,000 387,000 127,000 89,000 103,000
33 The Renovators Tues Ten 975,000 256,000 319,000 166,000 102,000 132,000
34 The Amazing Race Australia Seven 964,000 253,000 333,000 143,000 118,000 117,000
35 Nine News Saturday Nine 942,000 252,000 301,000 205,000 98,000 86,000
36 The Renovators – Launch Ten 939,000 252,000 315,000 144,000 86,000 143,000
37 The Big Bang Theory -Mon Nine 938,000 282,000 313,000 173,000 88,000 83,000
38 The Renovators Thurs Ten 920,000 223,000 303,000 202,000 86,000 107,000
39 Masterchef Australia – Masterclass Ten 910,000 192,000 349,000 171,000 110,000 89,000
40 Spicks And Specks ABC1 897,000 255,000 262,000 161,000 110,000 109,000
41 Border Security – Australia’s Front Line-Mon (R) Seven 877,000 264,000 235,000 148,000 104,000 127,000
42 Merlin Ten 872,000 284,000 199,000 179,000 79,000 131,000
43 ABC News-Sa ABC1 870,000 243,000 296,000 133,000 108,000 90,000
44 ABC News ABC1 868,000 256,000 255,000 122,000 112,000 123,000
45 The Big Bang Theory -Tue Nine 864,000 235,000 262,000 173,000 74,000 120,000
46 Four Corners ABC1 861,000 275,000 269,000 135,000 94,000 88,000
47 Great Migrations Seven 856,000 236,000 190,000 168,000 102,000 160,000
48 The Renovators Wed Ten 855,000 177,000 338,000 148,000 86,000 107,000
49 Australian Story ABC1 837,000 301,000 231,000 147,000 78,000 81,000
50 Silent Witness ABC1 836,000 253,000 221,000 153,000 99,000 109,000
51 Rescue Special Ops Nine 817,000 225,000 242,000 157,000 114,000 79,000
52 ABC News-Su ABC1 801,000 214,000 255,000 112,000 105,000 116,000
53 Rescue Special Ops -Ep2 Nine 789,000 207,000 240,000 154,000 115,000 72,000
54 Castle Seven 779,000 287,000 193,000 125,000 85,000 89,000
55 World’s Deadliest Roads Seven 768,000 221,000 227,000 145,000 91,000 83,000
56 RBT Nine 761,000 263,000 226,000 120,000 78,000 75,000
57 NCIS Rpt Ten 751,000 215,000 197,000 144,000 85,000 110,000
58 Media Watch ABC1 740,000 238,000 232,000 125,000 76,000 68,000
59 Crash Investigation Unit Seven 737,000 199,000 210,000 130,000 102,000 96,000
60 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos Nine 733,000 223,000 202,000 154,000 89,000 65,000
61 Nine’s Live Friday Night Football Nine 714,000 454,000 *** 260,000 *** ***
62 The 7pm Project Ten 702,000 171,000 222,000 148,000 69,000 92,000
63 The Footy Show Nine 693,000 125,000 314,000 86,000 88,000 79,000
64 Top Design Nine 685,000 171,000 248,000 133,000 72,000 60,000
65 M-Enchanted Seven 679,000 163,000 190,000 128,000 83,000 115,000
66 Tour De France 2011 Live: Stage 21 SBS ONE 673,000 147,000 279,000 62,000 62,000 124,000
67 Kingdom ABC1 669,000 166,000 199,000 136,000 80,000 89,000
68 Crownies Teaser ABC1 666,000 180,000 217,000 95,000 71,000 103,000
69 Top Gear Nine 655,000 176,000 204,000 135,000 64,000 76,000
70 Gardening Australia ABC1 643,000 152,000 216,000 133,000 81,000 61,000
71 Hot Seat Nine 628,000 176,000 191,000 154,000 58,000 49,000
72 Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire Nine 626,000 191,000 215,000 108,000 44,000 68,000
73 Law & Order: La Seven 620,000 207,000 159,000 115,000 74,000 66,000
74 Ten News At Five Ten 619,000 180,000 169,000 107,000 59,000 103,000
75 Qi ABC1 609,000 206,000 160,000 77,000 77,000 88,000
76 Angry Boys ABC1 602,000 199,000 172,000 105,000 62,000 65,000
77 RPA Nine 596,000 162,000 171,000 103,000 94,000 66,000
78 Panic At Rock Island Nine 593,000 184,000 188,000 109,000 67,000 45,000
79 Can Of Worms Ten 593,000 202,000 197,000 78,000 66,000 50,000
80 Deal Or No Deal Seven 591,000 134,000 185,000 118,000 73,000 81,000
81 Covert Affairs Seven 590,000 171,000 201,000 100,000 58,000 59,000
82 Q&A ABC1 571,000 174,000 194,000 92,000 69,000 42,000
83 Law And Order: SVU Rpt Ten 558,000 168,000 157,000 101,000 73,000 59,000
84 The New Inventors ABC1 551,000 174,000 160,000 86,000 63,000 68,000
85 7.30 ABC1 545,000 174,000 151,000 89,000 64,000 68,000
86 Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey ABC1 544,000 143,000 183,000 93,000 55,000 70,000
87 Crownies ABC1 541,000 166,000 134,000 100,000 77,000 64,000
88 Seven’s AFL: Rnd 19: North Melbourne Vs Carlton Seven 527,000 7,000 305,000 6,000 120,000 90,000
89 Foreign Correspondent ABC1 512,000 136,000 155,000 93,000 52,000 76,000
90 The Vicar Of Dibley (R) Seven 511,000 131,000 146,000 100,000 65,000 69,000
91 Collectors ABC1 502,000 148,000 165,000 69,000 60,000 60,000
92 Law & Order: La-Ep.2 Seven 502,000 153,000 127,000 113,000 62,000 47,000
93 Ten Evening News Sat Ten 499,000 104,000 213,000 25,000 56,000 102,000
94 Jamie’s Thirty Minute Meals Sun Rpt Ten 494,000 161,000 137,000 108,000 56,000 32,000
95 Spicks And Specks Shorts ABC1 494,000 114,000 153,000 97,000 67,000 63,000
96 Saturday Night AFL Ten 488,000 *** 222,000 55,000 83,000 128,000
97 Ten News At Five Sun Ten 486,000 150,000 111,000 118,000 68,000 39,000
98 Saturday Afternoon AFL Ten 479,000 33,000 175,000 28,000 68,000 176,000
99 NCIS: Los Angeles Tues Rpt Ten 476,000 143,000 139,000 81,000 52,000 62,000
100 Nine’s Sunday Football Nine 468,000 304,000 *** 164,000 *** ***

Week 31

19 Comments »

  1. Bernadette August 1, 2011 at 1:17 pm -

    Crownies is doing it tough because it’s not very good.

    I don’t know about others but I have given up watching drama on free to air TV. I’d rather pay for the DVD (either rent or own) and know I can watch the episodes in the right order and within a time frame that suits me rather than the sporadic airing of most shows these days. EG I liked the show Downton Abbey which a friend sent me from the UK on DVD – I would never have bothered waiting up to half an hour each week for it to start while Dancing Prats was winding down.

  2. Andrew August 1, 2011 at 11:50 am -

    I’m going to miss Rescue Special Ops. The storylines are weak but the show doesn’t pretend to be a quality drama. It has warm characters and it’s fun watching them perform heroic rescues.

  3. tellie August 1, 2011 at 10:37 am -

    Given the large amount of Reality tv & Real tv on FTA today, Fiction tv probably isn’t doing too bad in some ways. 1mil+ is not a given anymore, so perhaps shows shouldn’t automatically be considered a fail if 1mil+ isn’t reached, whether that be Aus, USA, or UK product, when it comes to Movies, Drama or Sit. Comedy.
    The Networks can’t have it both ways, flood the screen with Reality & Real tv, and still expect high no.s for Fiction tv, something has got to give and Fiction watching seems to be it, so re-adjustments re Fiction no.s has to come re success and being considered a ‘complete’ failure.

  4. Nik C August 1, 2011 at 8:46 am -

    It is a shame Crownies isn’t rating better, it is getting quite good!
    Shame about RSO, it is a well made show & the cast gel very well!
    Reality is only dominating due to coding: MC, block & Reno = 15 eps instead of 3! Drama is still popular

  5. Tim Kingston August 1, 2011 at 8:22 am -

    Shame about Rescue Special Ops, maybe Ten can pick it up to run alongside Rush. I guess Nine is fretting about the huge debt due next year.

  6. Sheba Percy August 1, 2011 at 1:22 am -

    I don’t know Dogue, the RiverBoys thing seems a bit trying -to-be-tough, I guess I’ve become a boring old cow :)
    Always good when Aussie drama does well though.
    Channel 9 is in a rut for sure, like someone else said it was on fire under Packer, if ABC and 9 combine their adult content there would be an awesome channel.

  7. Neil July 31, 2011 at 7:47 pm -

    @tmorgan: Nine is doing quite well of late, but ‘Block’ finishes in a matter of weeks, leaving Nine without it’s best performing program of 2011. On the other hand, Seven is yet to return it’s biggest drama in ‘Rafters’, nor has it premiered ‘Strictest Parents’, ‘Four Weddings’, ‘Beauty and Geek’ or ‘X-Factor’, all of which have done well in the demo’s for Seven. Add ‘Wild Boys’ onto that list and they’re looking pretty formidable going into the second half after a small mid-season break with filler content.
    Nine tried a strong opening half but their programs really just failed to fire. Too many sitcoms in too few a period of time. Viewers were not entertained.

    TEN in trouble if ‘Renovators’ doesn’t hit the mark in upcoming weeks. With so much of their year now devoted to reality stripping, there’s a major risk their audience will be completely worn down.

  8. Andrew July 31, 2011 at 7:18 pm -

    @pietro: I don’t think so. The channel does reach a significant audience but the nature of the rolling news coverage means that not many viewers stay tuned for extended periods, so that brings the audience share down. I don’t think it’s a failure, it provides an alternative to the suite of other multi-channels which are mostly re-runs or cheap filler, and almost all of it is imported with little local content. And ABC is not purely focused on ratings to determine success or failure.

  9. Danny Wu July 31, 2011 at 6:52 pm -

    I like watching the block more than the crownies, a win for nine!

  10. dogue July 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm -

    Hey Sheba,

    I don’t think you’ve been watching H&A as of late… the story lines are nothing you’ve seen before… they’re actually Quite good right now… have a look, you’ll see! :)

  11. Ann July 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm -

    Its a shame so many local produced shows are not making it past the few few series.

  12. pietro July 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm -

    If ABC News24 stays at 0.6 will the ABC accept that it is a failed experiment?

  13. Maev July 31, 2011 at 2:44 pm -

    I am not a fan of reality shows….having said that….despite all the complaining in this site and others….about these type of shows….it is painfully obvious that the majority does like them…..

  14. katrina July 31, 2011 at 1:41 pm -

    i’m saddened to learn that “rescue special ops” has been axed.I think it’s a really good show with great storylines and actors

  15. Sheba Percy July 31, 2011 at 1:37 pm -

    I can’t stand H&A anymore, it’s too old storylines for young kids, which is a shame,I used to love it back in the day though.
    Surprised that Top Gear is so far down, I guess 9 stuffed that with mixing old and new last season.
    Watched Harry Potter Again on nine last night, what was that about, or did that screen on GO the last time?
    Didn’t mind Special Ops for light entertainment, the curse of Gigi strikes again, she’s getting to be as bad a kiss of death as Roxanne Wilson.

  16. Josh S July 31, 2011 at 1:36 pm -

    Wow, Seven can do nothing wrong can they?

  17. Craig July 31, 2011 at 1:13 pm -

    Top Gear, oh how far we have fallen. 69th for the week with just 655k viewers, will Nine keep it for the remaining 4 weeks of s17?

  18. deedeedragons July 31, 2011 at 12:05 pm -

    I hate to admit it, but i ‘m actually loving H&A at the moment.

  19. tmorgan July 31, 2011 at 12:05 pm -

    Nine wins the demos again. As I have said before, Nine always seems stronger in the second half of the year. Only 1% between them and Seven, compared to earlier in the year when they were losing by 5% or more.
    I think Nine should focus on trying to programme consistantly the entire year rather than learning their lesson again and again at the half way mark.
    Seven wins thanks to the oldies again, but 3rd in demos, which can’t be good for their advertising revenue.
    TEN plods along at a distant 3rd, trailing Nine by 4%. MC hasn’t had the halo effect it once did, thanks to strong opposition from the Block.

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