ABC News wins 7pm timeslot

By David Knox on May 9, 2013 / Filed Under News 12

abcid6Without The Voice to contend with, audiences are leaning towards News over lighter fare as ABC News won its 7pm timeslot.

Wednesday night proved to be a close tussle between Seven and Nine, but Nine fell over the line.

Nine network share was 30.6% then Seven 29.9%, ABC 17.1%, TEN 16.7% and SBS 5.6%.

The Big Bang Theory (1.29m / 1.24m / 869,000) was best for Nine then Nine News (1.28m), Arrow (1.1m), ACA (1.06m), Hot Seat (703,000) and The Following (492,000).

Seven News (1.32m) was #1 for the night. Seven’s next performers were The Force (1.12m), Today Tonight (1.00m), Highway Patrol (988,000), Home and Away (945,000), Criminal Minds (762,000 / 601,000), Deal or No Deal (559,000). Hannibal was 185,000.

ABC News (970,000) topped ABC1 then 7:30 (722,000), Qi (719,000), Mad as Hell (671,000), Tractor Monkeys (405,000), Grand Designs Revisited (353,000) and The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting (257,000).

TEN News was best for TEN on 722,000. Modern Family was 536,000 / 518,000, The Project was 528,000, Mr & Mrs Murder was 523,000, The Good Wife was 401,000 and The Simpsons was 337,000.

Wildest India (315,000) led SBS ONE then Extreme Frontiers: Canada (209,000), World News Australia (189,000) and Borgen (135,000).

Neighbours topped multichannels with 329,000.

Sunrise: 355,000
Today: 329,000
ABC News Breakfast: 54,000 / 40,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 8 May 2013

12 Comments »

  1. emurray May 10, 2013 at 8:45 am -

    I wouldn’t be surprised if seven will end up winning night on time shifted based on numbers for other weeks – I think it was two weeks ago crimminal minds had a 150000 increase on time shifted and would imagine Hannibal would be the same considering its later hour + it’s not the best thing to watch prior to a good nights sleep

  2. Pertinax May 9, 2013 at 7:42 pm -

    @Cam Reed
    It may taken Nine some time but they found a good timeslot for Arrow and a good lead with TBBT.

    Given that Arrow is a comic book show from CW with 3m viewers I expected it fate to me more like The Following, getting shuffled around. But it is beating Criminal Minds which has delivered consistent ratings and shouldn’t be too troubled by Offspring which is popular with females.

  3. Pertinax May 9, 2013 at 5:16 pm -

    @vitieddie
    CBS shows like The Mentalist, Person of Interest, TBBT, Two and a Half Men and 2 Broke Girls are produced and distributed by Warner Bros.

    Nine has a 5 year $500m output deal covering all WB shows including repeats. This explains a large part of 9, Go! and Gem’s programming.

    International TV show are sold at MIPCOM. Operating in a small market with 3 commercial broadcasters Australian TV networks were heavily reliant on US shows. Rather than bid against each other at MIPCOM they established output deals with US producers to guarantee themselves enough content at fixed prices.

  4. Cam Reed May 9, 2013 at 4:22 pm -

    @vitieddie Arrow didn’t have The Voice last week either and did good figures as well. I have a feeling the combination of Big Bang Theory and Arrow is what is working, because Arrow is a Superhero/Vigilante show, which should appeal to a few BBT watchers.

    Will be interesting next Wednesday when it is The Block: Skyhigh, Big Bang Theory (new ep) and Arrow, whether people come it at 8pm for BBT and continue on if they aren’t a Block watcher.

  5. David Knox May 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm -

    TBBT was on for 3 eps but the 7pm ep was 869,000.

  6. David Knox May 9, 2013 at 12:32 pm -

    Viteddie: It’s not about the broadcast network (ie. CBS) it is about the distributors (ie. CBS Studios). Our networks have output deals with different US Studios.

  7. Jock May 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm -

    What time was TBBT on? It looks to me like Nine won the 7pm slot…

  8. David Knox May 9, 2013 at 11:53 am -

    Hugh I listed Home and Away (945,000).

  9. tricks May 9, 2013 at 11:41 am -

    I’m a bit over channel 9 scheduling in big chunks of TBBT.

    I know it rates well, I know it has a massive following, so obviously, why not show it… but it still feels lazy.

  10. Hugh May 9, 2013 at 11:29 am -

    Is the Win alluded to in the headline based on multi channels? Because in the meat of the story, you list Home & Away at 1m, but ABC News at just 970k.

    Is it due to the fact that Home & Away normally runs late (7:02 to 7:32), whereas the ABC News is always a 7pm start??

  11. vitieddie May 9, 2013 at 11:27 am -

    Arrow did very well (even without the Voice).

    David, do you know how certain shows are bought by the networks? For e.g. most CBS shows seem to go to Nine but then Elementary went to TEN.

  12. Pete May 9, 2013 at 10:49 am -

    Doubt we will see another series of Tractor Monkeys or Elegant Gentleman’s Guide. Both have under performed.

    New episodes of QI from next Wednesday plus Adam Hills will double ABC audience numbers.

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