Drama down, Reality up in ratings

By David Knox on July 17, 2011 / Filed Under News 32

Is this a first? Just one scripted drama managed a place in last week’s Top 20 shows: Winners and Losers.

Only three made it into the Top 30 (The Big Bang Theory, Home and Away joining it).

The Top 10 shows were overwhelmed by Reality TV (MasterChef Australia, The Block) and two Variety hybrids (Australia’s Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars).

The numbers for Winners and Losers, Home and Away and Offspring were good, ahead of Rescue Special Ops, the final Sea Patrol, and the debut of Crownies.

But Angry Boys has flopped with audiences.

Neighbours dominated the week on multichannel shows.

Network:
Seven: 29.0
Nine: 26.3
TEN: 23.9
ABC: 14.0
SBS: 6.8

Primary Channels:
Seven: 21.5
Nine: 19.3
TEN: 17.9
ABC1: 10.9
SBS1: 6.1

Multichannels:
GO!: 4.3
7TWO: 4.2
ELEVEN: 3.6
7mate: 3.3
GEM: 2.8
ONE: 2.3
ABC2: 2.0
SBS2: 0.7
ABC3: 0.6
ABC News 24: 0.6

Seven won key demos 16-39, 18-49, 25-54 plus all five cities.

Seven won Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Nine was first on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. TEN bettered Nine on Sunday and Seven on Wednesday.

Top 100
Rnk Description Stn Network Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 Australia’s Got Talent-Tue Seven 1,807,000 511,000 558,000 307,000 211,000 219,000
2 Masterchef Australia Mon Ten 1,758,000 461,000 616,000 298,000 176,000 208,000
3 Masterchef Australia Wed Ten 1,622,000 443,000 561,000 246,000 173,000 199,000
4 Masterchef Australia Sun Ten 1,616,000 460,000 497,000 272,000 183,000 204,000
5 Masterchef Australia Tues Ten 1,609,000 439,000 557,000 278,000 149,000 186,000
6 Masterchef Australia Thurs Ten 1,609,000 439,000 581,000 246,000 152,000 191,000
7 The Block -Mon Nine 1,552,000 442,000 536,000 284,000 126,000 164,000
8 Seven News – Sun Seven 1,473,000 307,000 408,000 306,000 186,000 266,000
9 Dancing With The Stars Seven 1,471,000 399,000 422,000 300,000 181,000 168,000
10 Seven News Seven 1,380,000 346,000 372,000 269,000 162,000 230,000
11 Nine News Sunday Nine 1,379,000 465,000 407,000 291,000 124,000 91,000
12 The Block -Tue Nine 1,354,000 397,000 454,000 273,000 101,000 129,000
13 Seven News Special Seven 1,350,000 309,000 372,000 275,000 173,000 221,000
14 The Block -Wed Nine 1,308,000 321,000 499,000 244,000 121,000 124,000
15 Today Tonight Seven 1,258,000 329,000 328,000 235,000 152,000 214,000
16 Winners & Losers Seven 1,236,000 342,000 425,000 205,000 124,000 140,000
17 Seven News – Sat Seven 1,213,000 278,000 355,000 298,000 140,000 142,000
18 The Block -Thu Nine 1,168,000 349,000 394,000 204,000 107,000 114,000
19 Top Design Nine 1,156,000 312,000 440,000 187,000 103,000 114,000
20 The Block -Fri Nine 1,130,000 353,000 373,000 211,000 101,000 93,000
21 Nine News Nine 1,130,000 332,000 351,000 266,000 101,000 80,000
22 Better Homes And Gardens Seven 1,114,000 349,000 334,000 168,000 137,000 126,000
23 The Big Bang Theory -Mon Nine 1,109,000 315,000 381,000 200,000 89,000 124,000
24 A Current Affair Nine 1,047,000 316,000 337,000 222,000 90,000 82,000
25 The Amazing Race Australia Seven 1,040,000 301,000 335,000 149,000 98,000 157,000
26 Nine News Special: Carbon Tax Address Nine 1,025,000 347,000 300,000 226,000 74,000 77,000
27 Home And Away Seven 986,000 283,000 262,000 188,000 119,000 134,000
28 Nine News Saturday Nine 976,000 267,000 346,000 184,000 106,000 73,000
29 Can Of Worms Ten 975,000 272,000 316,000 182,000 89,000 115,000
30 Masterchef Australia – Masterclass Ten 964,000 251,000 367,000 146,000 95,000 105,000
31 Offspring Wed Ten 952,000 212,000 338,000 183,000 85,000 134,000
32 Highway Patrol Seven 941,000 308,000 263,000 177,000 100,000 93,000
33 60 Minutes Nine 925,000 295,000 251,000 185,000 76,000 119,000
34 Criminal Minds Seven 896,000 297,000 231,000 162,000 98,000 107,000
35 Hot Property Nine 892,000 293,000 278,000 146,000 104,000 71,000
36 Rescue Special Ops Nine 876,000 213,000 287,000 153,000 110,000 112,000
37 ABC News ABC1 873,000 253,000 251,000 132,000 104,000 132,000
38 Law And Order: SVU Rpt Ten 850,000 240,000 255,000 143,000 121,000 90,000
39 Merlin Ten 846,000 296,000 189,000 113,000 69,000 179,000
40 Sea Patrol: Damage Control Nine 840,000 285,000 212,000 171,000 97,000 75,000
41 Border Security – Australia’s Front Line (R) Seven 833,000 281,000 204,000 157,000 81,000 110,000
42 Silent Witness ABC1 816,000 262,000 216,000 154,000 90,000 95,000
43 The Big Bang Theory -Tue Nine 793,000 245,000 195,000 190,000 55,000 108,000
44 World’s Deadliest Roads Seven 789,000 269,000 225,000 145,000 70,000 81,000
45 RPA Nine 788,000 248,000 249,000 121,000 101,000 68,000
46 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos Nine 784,000 191,000 279,000 169,000 83,000 63,000
47 The 7pm Project Ten 782,000 202,000 244,000 177,000 79,000 79,000
48 ABC News-Sa ABC1 774,000 232,000 221,000 168,000 82,000 70,000
49 NCIS Rpt Ten 771,000 251,000 208,000 137,000 68,000 107,000
50 Australian Story ABC1 759,000 223,000 202,000 168,000 83,000 83,000
51 Crash Investigation Unit Seven 744,000 281,000 161,000 131,000 77,000 95,000
52 In Their Footsteps Nine 744,000 234,000 224,000 166,000 57,000 64,000
53 New Tricks Rpt ABC1 740,000 195,000 203,000 160,000 92,000 89,000
54 Crownies ABC1 706,000 241,000 164,000 137,000 82,000 82,000
55 Spicks And Specks ABC1 700,000 153,000 220,000 128,000 102,000 97,000
56 Seven’s AFL: Rnd 17: Adelaide Vs Essendon Seven 690,000 16,000 416,000 14,000 181,000 64,000
57 Inside The Human Body Nine 686,000 185,000 228,000 109,000 87,000 77,000
58 Deal Or No Deal Seven 680,000 189,000 202,000 136,000 75,000 79,000
59 Q&A ABC1 656,000 222,000 191,000 130,000 64,000 50,000
60 RBT Nine 654,000 219,000 161,000 143,000 60,000 71,000
61 Kingdom ABC1 653,000 188,000 166,000 162,000 70,000 67,000
62 Ten News At Five Ten 652,000 192,000 184,000 104,000 66,000 105,000
63 Saturday Afternoon AFL Ten 650,000 61,000 353,000 63,000 68,000 104,000
64 Four Corners ABC1 633,000 194,000 187,000 114,000 60,000 80,000
65 Castle (R) Seven 632,000 196,000 169,000 117,000 82,000 68,000
66 Hot Seat Nine 626,000 178,000 182,000 158,000 62,000 47,000
67 Law And Order: SVU Ep 2 Rpt Ten 625,000 183,000 169,000 118,000 103,000 52,000
68 CSI: Miami Nine 619,000 196,000 177,000 76,000 94,000 76,000
69 Covert Affairs Seven 614,000 204,000 180,000 96,000 68,000 65,000
70 Media Watch ABC1 613,000 210,000 177,000 108,000 53,000 65,000
71 The Footy Show Nine 612,000 128,000 282,000 65,000 84,000 53,000
72 M-Nim’s Island Seven 608,000 163,000 171,000 154,000 59,000 60,000
73 Qi ABC1 608,000 204,000 162,000 104,000 58,000 79,000
74 Desperate Housewives Seven 608,000 155,000 246,000 84,000 64,000 58,000
75 Ten News At Five Sat Ten 599,000 115,000 336,000 84,000 64,000 ***
76 The Mentalist -Ep1 Nine 595,000 216,000 165,000 101,000 63,000 50,000
77 The Vicar Of Dibley (R) Seven 594,000 171,000 174,000 113,000 65,000 71,000
78 Nine’s Live Friday Night Football Nine 589,000 302,000 *** 287,000 *** ***
79 NCIS: Los Angeles Tues Ten 588,000 195,000 130,000 117,000 71,000 75,000
80 Gardening Australia ABC1 588,000 173,000 175,000 135,000 66,000 39,000
81 ABC News-Su ABC1 587,000 173,000 179,000 103,000 61,000 71,000
82 Midsomer Murders ABC1 579,000 157,000 168,000 92,000 91,000 71,000
83 Ten News Carbon Tax Special Ten 549,000 145,000 166,000 118,000 56,000 63,000
84 RPA Where Are They Now? Nine 534,000 167,000 172,000 72,000 78,000 45,000
85 7.30 ABC1 524,000 158,000 143,000 94,000 62,000 68,000
86 How I Met Your Mother-Tue Late (R) Seven 517,000 164,000 176,000 71,000 53,000 53,000
87 Crownies Teaser ABC1 511,000 134,000 140,000 117,000 61,000 58,000
88 Saturday Night AFL Ten 500,000 *** 191,000 24,000 100,000 186,000
89 50 Greatest Plastic Surgery Shockers Seven 495,000 142,000 174,000 70,000 54,000 55,000
90 Secondhand Lions Nine 488,000 *** 225,000 104,000 70,000 88,000
91 Ten Evening News Sun Ten 486,000 127,000 114,000 105,000 45,000 95,000
92 Jamie’s Thirty Minute Meals Sun Rpt Ten 484,000 119,000 112,000 117,000 30,000 106,000
93 Foreign Correspondent ABC1 482,000 140,000 145,000 90,000 51,000 56,000
94 Bones-Mon (R) Seven 482,000 111,000 190,000 58,000 54,000 69,000
95 Jamie’s Thirty Minute Meals Sat Rpt Ten 477,000 106,000 245,000 69,000 57,000 ***
96 The Young Ones ABC1 461,000 136,000 130,000 86,000 50,000 58,000
97 Angry Boys ABC1 452,000 94,000 166,000 75,000 61,000 56,000
98 6.30 With George Negus Ten 443,000 120,000 151,000 90,000 38,000 45,000
99 The Mentalist -Ep2 Nine 442,000 136,000 134,000 67,000 64,000 41,000
100 Catalyst ABC1 441,000 135,000 104,000 71,000 57,000 74,000

Week 29

32 Comments »

  1. Rayne July 19, 2011 at 8:29 am -

    A lot of people would be recording scripted drama to watch later, reality shows would be watched live to avoid spoilers.

  2. Michael July 18, 2011 at 6:37 pm -

    1. People are dumb
    2. Writing is really poor in Australian shows (premiere of Crownies and finale of Sea Patrol great examples)
    3. What few US shows the networks are still dragging out have already been downloaded by the majority.

  3. Kimberella July 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm -

    Perhaps all of us scripted show lovers have figured out how to obtain shows elsewhere. We know FTA channels and their advertisers care not for one minute of our time nor one dollar of our money.

  4. Martin McDowell July 18, 2011 at 2:31 am -

    Why do Masterchef and other reality shows get listed 5 times when on 5 times a week? Surely the same rule should apply to Home & Away as it is on the same evenings. By listing H&A 5 times there would be more drama shows in top 50, its all the way you look at it. I think the right principle is treat all genres the same if you want to do some type of a comparison and reach proper conclusions. That’s not the case here.

  5. Riley Tomkins July 17, 2011 at 11:47 pm -

    Ok Thanks!!!

  6. David Knox July 17, 2011 at 11:37 pm -

    Because overnight ratings are always Preliminary. They have to be adjusted for overruns and changes etc.

  7. Riley Tomkins July 17, 2011 at 11:28 pm -

    David why are some of these ratings different to what they got during the week?

  8. franz chong July 17, 2011 at 11:17 pm -

    More Australian TV please and while they are at it why not something to give the 90210′s and other similar shows a run for their money while at the same time being relevant to the youth and twenty somethings of today.

  9. Jen13 July 17, 2011 at 10:40 pm -

    Not that anyone cares (ie we are not a ratings household), but we get all of our drama from the ABC or elsewhere.
    We do not watch 7, 9, or 10 or their secondary channels due to their erratic programming of any decent drama and their unacceptable level of inane ads.
    Also we do not watch any “reality” shows – they are not worth looking at even if nothing else was on.
    Those people left watching FTA will watch any rubbish!
    OK, this is just our opinion, others feel free to disagree!

  10. Ann July 17, 2011 at 10:06 pm -

    Reality Yawn

  11. Chris July 17, 2011 at 9:54 pm -

    It seems that he’s trying too hard to emulate the success of Summer Heights High, but Angry Boys does not have the wit or the subtlety of Summer Heights High.

  12. Dylan July 17, 2011 at 8:51 pm -

    Seven are looking at the idea of Big Brother – possibly to screen on a digital channel.

  13. steve July 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm -

    It’s good to see ELEVEN actually beat 7mate instead of just tied with it. Although it could be stronger.

    Perhaps a scaled down version of Big Brother could return and boost it’s rating share to above 4 per cent along with GO! and 7TWO

  14. steve July 17, 2011 at 8:29 pm -

    David,

    Do you think Seven may hit back and code it’s nightly News separately? Home and Away while it’s at it??

  15. Mary July 17, 2011 at 8:13 pm -

    Agree with the coding of Masterchef and The Block, it’s ridiculous, at least seven is winning timeslots without that type of coding every night, I know that they showed My Kitchen Rules three nights a week but certainly not six like MC and The Block, just proves that seven does not rely on one show to keeps it’s ratings up, they have a great variety of programmes which people want to watch. Thanks channel seven.

  16. JJ July 17, 2011 at 6:07 pm -

    Time for a Big Brother revival? After a long time away it has the potential to rate it’s socks off.

  17. Stan July 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm -

    Pietro, what has ABC HD got to do with anything being discussed here?

  18. Jack! July 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm -

    Angry Boys does not work for me … loved Sunner Heights but the characters on Angry Boys are so unappealing that they make me switch off … bad moove Chris Lilley.
    Crownies … I lasted 20 minutes but was so bored I switched off, never to return!

  19. tmorgan July 17, 2011 at 3:33 pm -

    Need more Australian drama. Pronto.
    I wonder if the networks realise just how barren their schudules are.

  20. Paul July 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm -

    So does that mean Seven have now pretty much won the ratings this year?

  21. Craig July 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm -

    The Mentalist last week really not rating like it used to, hope the season final is better.

  22. Veronica July 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm -

    Just read Seven came 3rd in all 3 demos? Assume this must be combined channels?

  23. Nik C July 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm -

    I beleive the Block should code Room reveals separately and maybe “eviction” night of Masterchef, the rest should be coded together as they are part of the weekly series, story.

  24. Nik C July 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm -

    I agree with Jerome these two shows have 5 episodes each, so they dominate 10 of the top 20 shows. This is why drama doesn’t get a look in as they are coded for the week and are mostly one episode a week. So coding is skewing the data.

  25. Guy July 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm -

    Good to see Seven is still winning. This week i am a tad worried about but still think they will be strong enough to win it. The coding of MC and The Block is absolutely ridiculous. They are weekly shows. They should be coded as one.

  26. deedeedragons July 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm -

    Oh dear, it’s like the yearly 00′s all over again.

  27. Billy July 17, 2011 at 11:58 am -

    wow! GO! beat 7TWO. that’s the first time in a while that has happened.

  28. P July 17, 2011 at 11:54 am -

    Nine, bring back real variety TV – Hey Hey

  29. pietro July 17, 2011 at 11:44 am -

    It’s pretty clear the ABC has wasted an HD channel (even if only 720p) by having News 24.

  30. ducko July 17, 2011 at 11:41 am -

    Angry Boys has been the surprise flop of the year. It hasn’t been helped by Spicks & Specks which has also been a surprise flop this year.

  31. tomothy July 17, 2011 at 11:39 am -

    So many shows with more than 1M viewers, seems a lot of people are heading back to the tv, well at least for shows they didn’t obtain elsewhere due to the delayed Australian broadcasts.
    Yep, Angry Boys was a flop for me, haven’t watched it since episode 6.

  32. Jerome July 17, 2011 at 11:33 am -

    The coding for masterchef and the block is ridiculous.

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