Chaser’s ratings test

By David Knox on September 27, 2012 / Filed Under News 19

The Chaser team returned last night with a song parodying ABC’s tumbling ratings on Wednesday nights (they blamed everyone from Adam Hills to Denton to Micallef screening on Fridays). But while their own numbers were lower than Gruen Planet they were still a ¬†respectable 784,000.

Seven Network won the night with 33.5% then Nine 26.5%, ABC 17.7%, TEN 16.8% and SBS 5.5%.

The X Factor Results was 1.45m for Seven then Seven News (1.2m), Today Tonight (1.1m), Criminal Minds (945,000), Deal or No Deal (515,000) and Covert Affairs (441,000).

Nine News was 1.08m for Nine followed by Big Brother (1.01m), The Farmer Wants a Wife (987,000), ACA (892,000), Embarrassing Bodies (593,000), Hot Seat (578,000) and Embarrassing Kids Bodies (293,000).

ABC News (1.05m) topped ABC1 then Gruen Planet (913,000), The Hamster Wheel (784,000), Qi (746,000), 7:30 (714,000), Randling (502,000) and At the Movies (347,000).

Puberty Blues was 653,000 for TEN. TEN News was 650,000, Modern Family was 532,000, The Project 6pm was 418,000, Last Man Standing was 358,000 / 352,000, and Class of was 207,000.

Survivors: Indestructible Creatures was 286,000 for SBS ONE, then Meet the Amish (270,000), World News Australia (167,000) and Afghanistan: The Great Game (162,000).

Heartbeat was 300,000 on multichannels.

Sunrise: 351,000
Today: 282,000
ABC News Breakfast: 53,000 / 26,000
Breakfast: 50,000

Wednesday 26 September 2012

Corrected.

19 Comments »

  1. Dayman September 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm -

    Seemed better than I generally remember the Hampster Wheel being.

  2. Rachel September 28, 2012 at 8:04 am -

    I’ve been a huge fan of the Chaser for years, but while I enjoyed this first episode, I felt it was far below their best. It was as if they were more concerned with pushing a political agenda than creating the irreverent intelligent humour they are known for.

  3. wamdue September 28, 2012 at 6:05 am -

    I thought this season opener was very strong, S1 was a bit of a mixed bag. Good to see the Chaser boys back to their best.

  4. unclepete September 27, 2012 at 8:49 pm -

    Great show last night boys. Well done :)

  5. steveany 2.0 September 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm -

    Just watched it (PVR) and thought it was outstanding. I agree with some of the commenters below that we need this sort of “comedy” in Australia – it’s more investigative and revealling than anything ‘proper’ journalists do.
    BTW – did you sort of get the feeling that they were ‘channelling’ TV Tonight? :-)

  6. Ann September 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm -

    Chasers need to go back to original winning formula.

  7. Ruddeger September 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm -

    The Tom Waterhouse ads were spot on
    They are frickíng [I kept it cleaner than The Chasers did] annoying and on every ad break.

  8. MuchoTB September 27, 2012 at 12:03 pm -

    Chaser were fantastic last night. The segments on gay marriage and the media’s coverage of the Muslim Riots were hilarious.

    Great to have them back on TV

  9. TM September 27, 2012 at 11:55 am -

    Thank God for the Chaser. Like them or loathe them, seeing them back makes you realize the Aussie media landscape needs this kind of voice. They really cut through. The stuff about Bernadi was hilarious.

  10. deedeedragons September 27, 2012 at 11:52 am -

    It was a great 1st episode back.

  11. Dr_Rudi September 27, 2012 at 11:31 am -

    I thought last night was a cracker of a show (Hamster Wheel).

    Mind you, the week’s events aren’t always going to provide such fabulous material.

  12. David Knox September 27, 2012 at 11:04 am -

    Thanks and sorry for the typo guys.

  13. Darcey09 September 27, 2012 at 10:52 am -

    Sunrise has gone over the top this week with its AFL coverage & its X Factor coverage. Talk about promoting Seven Network programs!!
    I’ll have to watch Breakfast or ABC News Breakfast tomorrow.

  14. PJs Ronin September 27, 2012 at 10:44 am -

    Far be it from me to decry Australian content, but I’m starting to get turned off by the continuous theme of Australian comedy centering on criticizing or denigrating everyone except the one with the microphone. Despite hefty promotion and a substantial lead in from Gruen, I think the wheel may have fallen off the hamster given that it only just beat a repeat of QI.

  15. Josh777 September 27, 2012 at 10:28 am -

    Great to see the gap between ABC and TEN slowly closing with less then 1%. The sooner Fresh Look October gets here the better for TEN’s sake.
    @ David Knox – you have mentioned Big Brother twice, under both Seven and Nine.

  16. Mapia September 27, 2012 at 10:25 am -

    Ooops Typo!

  17. Mr. J September 27, 2012 at 10:13 am -

    after today won last week sunrise is back to a large lead, so it Today tonight.

  18. jezza the first original one September 27, 2012 at 10:11 am -

    I wonder how many people are going to tell you about your typo error of putting Big Brother in both ch7s and ch9s figures…..he he….very rare typo

  19. Jordan121 September 27, 2012 at 10:01 am -

    Big Brother on 7? Typo lol

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