Game not on Mole

autv_themoleIn a nutshell Nine will be happy with the Bakeoff, TEN is smiling with its Dome and Seven has big problems with its Mole.

That’s the way Tuesday shaped up for the commercial networks last night. Without Packed to the Rafters, Seven was more vulnerable to competition from its rivals and it didn’t help that viewers have been disappointed by The Mole. As it burrowed to fourth in its timeslot it impacted on the season launch of Winners and Losers.

Nine network share was 31.7% then Seven 24.3%, TEN 19,9%, ABC 17.0% and SBS 7.1%.

The Block (1.45m) topped the night for Nine then Nine News (1.36m), A Current Affair (1.18m), The Great Australian Bakeoff (1.12m), Hot Seat (753,000) and The Mentalist (421,000).

Seven News (1.36m) was best for Seven then Today Tonight (1.1m), Home and Away (923,000), Winners and Losers (798,000), Deal or No Deal (597,000), The Mole (555,000), How I Met Your Mother (523,000 / 420,000). Go On was just 177,000. Seven indicates a coding error in Brisbane saw Winners and Losers merged with a repeat and the number will be adjusted to 869,000.

Under The Dome improved without Packed to the Rafters, to lift to 1.02m for TEN. MasterChef was 773,000 then TEN News (693,000), The Project (618,000), NCIS: LA (499,000). The Simpsons was 388,000.

ABC News (912,000) led ABC1 followed by 7:30 (835,000), New Tricks (765,000), Kitchen Cabinet (741,000), At the Movies (409,000) and Seasons (328,000).

On SBS ONE it was Who Do You Think You Are? (255,000), Tour de France (248,000 pre-race / 204,000 race), Insight (235,000) and World News Australia (175,000).

ABC2’s Charlie and Lola was best on multichannels with 375,000. Shitsville Express was 113,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 9 July 2013


  1. I enjoyed Who Do You Think You Are? Plus Beauty and the Beast and had fun rewatching Person of Interest. Thank you. I also liked seeing the some of the ads. Saw the new Power Games one. Plus they advertised The Ashes for 7.30pm tonight. Also Arrow will return July 24. As well as many others. Has it been mentioned here that Simon Reeve has a 3 part documentary on Australia also starting July 24? I’ve been away.

    Lastly I also loved Four Corners last night. I thought it was excellent. I recently watched the 50th Anniversary DVDs of Four Corners. And Howard’s End was unintentionally prescient. It was about John Howard’s defeat. Plus I enjoyed rewatching the one about the Independents, with the same reporter as this week, called The Decision I believe. I also appreciated Media Watch as well. Including that there were no problems with it. Thank you to the ABC.

  2. Bakeoff was great. The “#GABO” hashtag is a little too Simpsons for me, but the show is engaging and there isn’t much to complain about.

    There isn’t really any need for Shane Jacobson, with Anna Gare doing a fine job on her own. Wouldn’t mind it being half an hour shorter though.

  3. Seems like The Mole was just about the only reality show not to use the “Game on, moll” as a byline in their promos. Maybe that’s where they went wrong. 😛

  4. @ Kevin I watch TV, that is all!
    I never assumed the comments were from many disgruntled TV employees, but ppl from a range of areas. Especially TV viewers who like to know what is going on.

  5. As a fan, I’m frustrated that The Mole isn’t firing on all cylinders. But the games are a bit too confusing (it took me a while to work out the point structure of the first challenge last night) and Shura’s wooden presentation is grating (stop trying so hard to be as aloof as Grant Bowler was!). But the core game is still a goodie. I just think better direction would’ve made this a deservedly bigger hit like The Amazing Race Australia.

  6. @Ryan, so you’ve managed to remove Celebrity Splash from your memory then?
    I’m sure slide show will soon give you another bomb to be proud of.

  7. David with respect, we all know that most of these posts are made by disgruntled tv employees. Drama certainly is kicking goals and Wentworth is very good but its funded up by the plethora of badly made programs … excess baggage, celebrity apprentice series 3, The Mole, AGT series 6, I Will survive… I could go on

    • Even I don’t know what the mix of public vs industry here is, but I am (proudly) comfortable there is both. Either way it gets back to the Comment itself. Sure they have had misses, they all have. AGT faltered due to The Voice competition not production. This year Freo has picked up its game.

  8. @ryan – Let’s all hope for TV shows that bomb???
    Guess someone at 7 didn’t tell Prime, or Prime was a day behind things as usual. At 7:20pm still running a “Next on Prime, The Mole” promo. Oops.

  9. Without a lead in from X Factor, Australia’s Got Talent or Packed to the Rafters, Winners and Losers is looking very mediocre. If it were a true hit it would have managed good numbers last night regardless of its lead in.

  10. @ Dr_Rudi Hilarious.

    Hopefully 7 will return with an Aussie version of TAR.

    It could be an interesting 2nd half:
    10 trying to rise.
    7 having flopped with Celebrity Dive and burrowed with the Mole (lol). Must be hoping Dancing & X-Foo rate better
    and 9 challenging with more drama and AGT.
    ABC hopefully remaining steady. I am looking forward to some of their shows they have to offer.

  11. @Mr Rampage, that’s exactly what i decided to do after 2 episodes of the new one and nothing happened. Get on Youtube. Watched 5 episodes and it’s awesome. Seven should have stuck to the same formula.

  12. HardcorePrawn

    248,000 watched the Tour’s pre-race, but only 204,000 the race itself?
    Nearly 50,000 TV sets were switched off or changed channels after the preamble and Gabriel Gaté’s recipe?
    And it was thrashed in the ratings by a repeat of Charlie and Lola?
    OzTam are not filling me with much confidence in their figures.

  13. What’s to say they won’t make TAR Australia a three-nights-a-week show? They didn’t learn this time from the glowing success that was Celebrity Splash.

    The Mole definitely should have been better. It’s hard to believe they found a way to make it worse than “Tom Williams + Live Eliminations!” but… here we are.

  14. @steviem, no people on here have it right. The Mole could have been good, and as you say people on here were interested. Seven did the damage though with terrible ads, poor scheduling, and bad editing. I think majority on here would make better programmers than what the commercial networks have now.

    Bring back The Amazing Race Australia. If they axed that for The Mole then they made a big mistake.

    • Kev that’s baloney. Wentworth has been a big success this year alone. Better Men is outstanding. Not everything fires but generalising when you have the benefit of anonymity isn’t helpful.

  15. Ummm just goes to show that Fremantle can’t make any good programs.. and perhaps they should look inward… especially when employees can go from being a logger to a series producer in 3 years … badly made programs by inexperienced reality show staff .. all discards from the Big Brother tv workshop

  16. But in all seriousness, should have been a Sunday night / Monday/Tuesday show. Tues/Wed/Thur are definately the weaker nights . They also needed to be better with their production. The graphics and dated feel doesnt impress.

    Having said that I aways loved the mole and am sticking with it/

  17. Just proves people on here actually have no idea (myself included!) 90% of comments RE the mole were how awesome it will be and good move seven. Lucky none of us work in TV and if we do then it must be TEN.

  18. “The Mole. As it burrowed to fourth”

    Don’t stop there David.

    Surely the Bakeoff was hot, or even cooking with gas, and the Dome sealed the night for TEN ?

  19. I really enjoyed The Mole last night, they should just have a weekly episode like that. A 75 minute episode that has two challenges and two terminations, stretching it out over the week was a huge mistake.

    I went back and watched GABO and found it quite boring. I’m very tired of all the cooking/food shows from MKR to Masterchef to GABO. I was hoping The Mole would do well to give other networks the incentive to make more diverse TV shows rather than the standard cooking/singing/renovating reality shows, but now it looks like it’ll scare networks off from doing anything outside of those boring and overdone genres.

  20. oztvheritage

    The the title “The Mole” does nothing to entice me to watch.

    I think Seven will struggle for the remainder of 2013 compared to Nine…Nine seem to have better… bigger programming to come…where Seven don’t.

    TEN are gradually improving and have released a few new programs in the last few weeks which should lift them further….slowly.

  21. Seven’s lazy programming strategy of stripping one reality show across multiple nights destroyed The Mole and dragged down Winners and Losers.
    Just bring back TAR.

  22. winners and losers was a terrible episode last night. the scene where the gay assistant and the step-sister stalking virginia gay’s character for no apparent reason but to see what she was up to was very childish. hope it picks up in the coming weeks but with more tighter storylines.

  23. I completely forgot about Bake Off. Dome may have increased in ratings but the episode was a little dull in comparison to the first two.
    As for Seven, the commercials for The Mole are getting worse and worse making it look so childish. They completely stuffed up this show from be announcement with it’s never ending ‘Coming Soon’ promos, and then stretching it out to multiple nights a week for ratings – which has backfired.
    Also, Seven has been advertising HIMYM as though the Mother will be shown this week, which is wrong, its a few weeks away.

  24. Sorry Seven but that is what you get when you strip a reality show that should only be airing once a week. The Mole to be terminated and bring back The Amazing Race Australia! Seven had better hope X Factor returns well otherwise it could be a hard 2nd half, something they haven’t had happen in a long while.

    Under the Dome continues to do well for TEN and Nine well they dominated last night.

  25. I actually surprisingly really enjoyed GABO last night. There is great chemistry not only between the host’s and judge’s but also the contestants. Will definantly be watching this throughout the season.

  26. Completely forgot to watch How I Met Your Mother. I still watched The Mole, last night was better as they had a termination. I found GABO pretty set, but boring to watch.

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