ABC’s launch for The Straits may have been paradise on Twitter, but danger lurks in the ratings too…
Last night the show averaged 599,000 viewers -well down on the 900,000+ that The Slap was nabbing in the same timeslot. The debut of course, was twice as long meaning the average is likely to be lower rather than higher.
The question for ABC is whether the show might have pulled a bigger audience as a flagship Sunday night drama, or be smothered by the competition there. While other networks are hurriedly slating repeat airings of new product, ABC2 already had a rerun scheduled for tonight. Check it out if you like dramas that are offbeat or challenging.
My Kitchen Rules was once again the night’s #1 show on 1.44m viewers, miles ahead of the weight-loss battle between the other mob. Home and Away was second in its timeslot on 934,000 viewers. The return of Desperate Housewives was 620,000 / 537,000. Seven News (1.13m) topped Nine News (1.05m) and Sunrise (372,000) bettered Today (319,000).
A Current Affair (994,000) outranked Today Tonight (981,000). The return of CSI was 764,000 and CSI: NY was 535,000. Hot Seat (535,000) burnt Deal or No Deal (493,000). But the third episode of Excess Baggage (555,000) was in fourth place, beaten by The Biggest Loser (734,000).
TEN News was 684,000, with Law and Order: SVU on 570,000. A Gifted Man is struggling on 524,000. The Project averaged 527,000.
ABC News won its timeslot on 983,000 viewers. It was followed by 7:30 (678,000), and The Straits (599,000). Family Confidential premiered to 499,000.
Best for SBS ONE was 24 Hours in Emergency on 234,000.
Seven won the night.