Cosentino is ratings magic

By David Knox on September 20, 2012 / Filed Under News 25

Who knew magic could still hold a crowd spellbound? But that’s exactly what happened last night when Seven’s special featuring Australia’s Got Talent runner-up Cosentino topped the TV ratings.

Cosentino: The Grand Illusionist pulled 1.28m viewers last night, helping Seven to another win.

Seven Network was 32.1% to Nine’s 27.7%, ABC 17.5%, TEN 17.1% and SBS 5.6%.

Seven’s other performers included Seven News (1.2m), Today Tonight (1.05m), Home and Away (964,000), Criminal Minds (953,000), Covert Affairs (531,000 / 339,000), and Deal or No Deal (524,000).

Nine News (1.11m) led Nine then ACA (1.02m), Big Brother (996,000), The Farmer Wants a Wife (867,000), Embarrassing Bodies (702,000), Hot Seat (534,000) and Embarrassing Kids Bodies (298,000).

ABC News won with 1.01m followed by Gruen Planet (946,000), Qi (791,000), 7:30 (758,000), Randling (504,000), Would I Lie to You? (468,000), At the Movies (322,000) and Lateline (221,000).

Puberty Blues (696,000) was best for TEN. TEN News was 691,000, Modern Family was 527,000, The Project 6pm was 454,000. Last Man Standing was 345,000 / 330,000, less than Tuesday’s I Will Survive but above the Wednesday episode a week ago. Class Of was 208,000. TEN Late News is now the latest headache for TEN on just 96,000 -lower than Dr. Phil in the afternoon.

Meet the Amish was 316,000 for SBS ONE followed by Bears of the Last Frontier (274,000), World News Australia (163,000) and The Great New Game (145,000).

7TWO’s Heartbeat topped multichannels with 294,000.

Wednesday 19 September 2012


  1. Sharpy September 20, 2012 at 10:54 pm -

    I missed it on tv last night. Just caught the first 5 minutes on 7plus and turned it off. I love magic, but the card trick was obvious, and the opening safe escape and switch was blatant. I hate it when they have to dance around and hold their arms open begging for praise…

  2. camo2 September 20, 2012 at 9:50 pm -

    Excellent show Ch Seven…watched it thinking this guy must have been American… very happy to see he was an aussie… and magic just makes me try and work out how they do it… i hope there is more

  3. BP93 September 20, 2012 at 8:31 pm -


    Someone posted it on youtube. Here is the link :)

  4. jonno September 20, 2012 at 8:12 pm -

    Forgot to watch but good on 7 for doing something a bit different. Have seen the likes of David Copperfield on TV before but not many Aussie magicians.

  5. Darwinite September 20, 2012 at 7:04 pm -

    I did enjoy this but it was almost a total copy of the Criss Angel Mindfreak series with the format.

    It even had the concerned brother and mother prior to the death defying trick, to boot.

  6. BigVic September 20, 2012 at 6:48 pm -

    Awkward moment when Cosentino makes Channel 10 4th for the night! He was amazing but the camera angles ruined it. Can’t wait for the Chaser boys to return.

  7. alex September 20, 2012 at 6:24 pm -

    If Seven had Puberty Blues it would be getting about the same numbers it is getting now, only difference is they would quickly realise how unpopular it was and it would be axed within a couple of weeks.

    I personally can’t sit through a whole episode so can understand why nobody is watching.

    Seven aren’t stupid enough to commission a John Edwards drama, that’s why their dramas rate.

  8. PJC September 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm -

    Seven could show a test pattern for an hour and 1.2 million viewers would still tune in… that is the pull of Seven with audiences. They can do no wrong.

  9. The Moops September 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm -

    @JarrodJ, and other illusionists/psychics/magicians don’t use audience plants? Of course they do, otherwise they wouldn’t have an act.

  10. simmo3 September 20, 2012 at 2:23 pm -

    like slam and the push I can’t work out why anyone would even bother watching …

  11. JarrodJ September 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm -

    This show really was awful. Due to all the cuts and different angles it really is hard to tell if he is a decent magician or not.

    The fact he used at least 1 plant in his audience is very telling though.

  12. roaringdave September 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm -

    You can almost guarantee that is PB was on 7 and the magic show was on Ten these ratings would be very different.

  13. mason September 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm -

    Puberty Blues was great last night. Some of the best acting I’ve seen on Australian telly.

    Perfect show in perfect timeslot. I thought The Straits was my highlight this year but Puberty Blues really is cracking TV.

  14. mellowman September 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm -

    Cosentino was a bit of fun last night but he is still no Criss Angel. Still it’s good to see new magic shows on the telly these days. Penn and Teller Fool Us on ABC1 earlier this year was great.

  15. David Knox September 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm -

    Nothing scheduled. Try Plus7 website.

  16. Carta September 20, 2012 at 11:57 am -

    I missed this, unfortunately – is it being repeated at all?

  17. deedeedragons September 20, 2012 at 11:39 am -

    I don’t know why people are getting worked up about. Magicians & illusionists have been entertaining people for hundreds of years yet some critical darling doesn’t get the ratings & people feel sick?

  18. Kenny September 20, 2012 at 11:31 am -

    Great TV but hated the camera work. The cut-aways to audience closeups annoying. In a magic/illusion show the focus is supposed to be on the performer all of the time, and what his hands are doing.

  19. A. September 20, 2012 at 10:46 am -

    I watched the ABC and SBS. I’ll admit I liked that they showed the Shuttle Endeavour on ABC News 24. Like Scott Bevan too. As I waited for At the Movies to start. Although Ch 24 still suffers from silly timeslots for most of the country. I’ll admit because of The Hamster Wheel most things on ABC1 next week probably will be good. Although not a fan of lying intentionally I’ll admit. So probably more Scott Bevan and only seeing half his show. I hate that kind of thing. I suspect I’m not the only one.

  20. thepush September 20, 2012 at 10:39 am -

    slam I completely agree with you. Very odd and a little bit questionable that a magician on a talent show is top rating. I recall a couple of years back the sneak peak to Winners and Losers rated over 2million. hmmm….yeah.
    Such a shame Puberty Blues isn’t getting seen. It’s a real gem.

  21. Kirk September 20, 2012 at 10:17 am -

    The cosentino special last night was great fun, I have no idea how he could possibly do those illusions just spectacular!

  22. Vinny September 20, 2012 at 10:09 am -

    In regards to EKB either there was an error in my EPG, there was another last minute programming change or for some reason there is a regional variation in programming as EKB was not on instead it was House Husbands repeat.

    Where I am though, A Current Affair starts at 7pm … on WIN, but I can’t see how that would affect the lineup ?

  23. slam September 20, 2012 at 10:05 am -

    This makes me ill. This can win a ratings night and a quality drama like Puberty Blues languishes. Whats wrong with everyone?!? far out

  24. The Moops September 20, 2012 at 10:00 am -

    Loved the show last night, it was very entertaining. Cosentino is very charismatic, great eye candy and is amazingly talented. I’m sure Seven will produce more of these specials.

  25. jumpjakflash September 20, 2012 at 9:53 am -

    Cosentino is cool, but I’d much rather see Adam & Selina Murby!

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