No more bloody ABBA…

By David Knox on July 17, 2013 / Filed Under News 30

2013-07-17_0925Australia’s dose of ABBA docos appears to be over after Seven’s special ABBA: Dancing Queen pulled 684,000 viewers last night, fourth in its timeslot. It follows plenty of the Swedish band thrust at us recently on ABC, Seven and Nine.

As a result it dragged down Winners and Losers to third in its timeslot.

Tuesday night was another winner for Nine.

Nine network share was 32.5%, Seven 25.1%, TEN 18.5%, ABC 17.4% and SBS 6.5%.

The Block topped the night with 1.39m viewers for Nine then Nine News (1.35m), A Current Affair (1.1m), The Great Australian Bakeoff held firm at 1.09m, The Bible was second in its timeslot at 880,000 / 793,000, Hot Seat was 744,000.

Seven News was 1.26m for Seven then Today Tonight (1.08m) and Home and Away was 958,000. Winners and Losers was third in its timeslot at 867,000 which was unaided by the low lead-in from ABBA: Dancing Queen (684,000). How I Met Your Mother was 556,000 / 458,000 and Deal or No Deal was 510,000.

Under The Dome remains a winner for TEN at 900,000 viewers. Masterchef (719,000) followed then TEN News (713,000), The Project (590,000), NCIS: LA (550,000). The Simpsons was 341,000.

ABC News (965,000) topped ABC1 then New Tricks (807,000), 7:30 (768,000), Kitchen Cabinet (713,000), At the Movies (450,000) and Restoration Man (339,000).

Who Do You Think You Are? (243,000) was best for SBS ONE followed by Insight (213,000), Tour de France (197,000) and World News Australia (187,000).

Big Bang Theory was best on multichannels at 388,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 16 July 2013

30 Comments »

  1. dramaqueen July 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm -

    Yet another ABBA Special … with me in it!
    This was first aired in Sweden months ago and this is the English version. A very interesting one for ABBA Fans and very good figures as far as this sort of special goes … who else has so many hour long TV specials, 30 years after they stopped recording and still get rating bigger than most of the regular reality shows or serials? No-one! Exactly! And no-one else ever will! There is no such thing as “too much ABBA”! :-)

  2. A. July 18, 2013 at 3:35 am -

    I will admit to being seriously tempted by the ABBA documentary. But saw that it ended at a stupid time. So I was much happier watching the always interesting Who Do You Think You Are? Thank you. Also thank you to GEM for Person of Interest. I did notice the Sunday Week addition to the Underbelly ads. Plus I was grateful to be able to watch Four Corners and Media Watch.

    @ michael1970

    Have you tried the local library if you have one? These days catalogues are online. So you don’t even have to visit it. Except digitally.

  3. James S July 17, 2013 at 10:10 pm -

    With The X Factor Almost Certain to take over Tuesday Nights in 2 Weeks Time, Maybe Seven should air Two Hour Audition Episodes on Tuesdays and move Winners and Losers to 9:30 to give some Competition against Under The Dome on Ten.

  4. David Knox July 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm -

    Maybe I should give you mine.

  5. michael1970 July 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm -

    i havent watched under the dome so far i want to read the book first i really like stephen king but do you think i can get it anywhere at the moment?? no even in secondhand book stores they are sold out of it

  6. Geoff Field July 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm -

    Great result given all the ABBA shows this year, Bang A Boomerang, Sunday Night Part 1 and 2, Agnetha Before and After plus the repeat on Gem. In this day of disgital chanelling, pay tv and the internet, getting almost 700,000 viewers in nothing to be sneezed at. I noticed ABBA Gold moving up the charts again today along with Agnetha’s already successful album.

  7. William July 17, 2013 at 6:33 pm -

    I feel like BB, TGAB and TB will flop hard due to X Factor, Winners and Losers and UTD. If BB fails then the rest will fail as a result, because they might have a poor lead in

  8. muscledude_oz July 17, 2013 at 5:26 pm -

    I didn’t even know the ABBA special was on. The promo didn’t look promising – “unseen footage from the Dancing Queen shoot”. And to give away one of the story lines in The Bible – Adam and Eve get kicked out of the Garden of Eden. There is also a scene where Noah builds an Ark but don’t ask where he found polar bears for it in the Middle East.

  9. tvaddict July 17, 2013 at 5:04 pm -

    mode please edit to include:
    Maybe Abba doco didn’t rate well because alot of people didn’t know it was going to be on, i didn’t see any promos for it on during shows like Sunday Night who did a report on them not long ago, a perfect opportunity to promote the doco.

  10. tvaddict July 17, 2013 at 5:01 pm -

    Haven’t watched this yet so won’t comment on if it was good or not, but agree with others on not blaming the lead in, if people really like a show they will watch it regardless of what is on before it.

  11. Shiraz July 17, 2013 at 3:42 pm -

    The Dome has been a disappointment to myself too. I’m not sure if it’s the writing or the characters or simply the lack of focus on the dome itself that bothers me the most.

    I watched a bit of the ABBA thing and really I thought it was just the same old same old. Yep we all know, it rained for the Sydney show, we don’t need to be reminded with every ABBA doco! How about some new material next time…

  12. Sophie July 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm -

    ABBA is practically my religion, so I went with the doco.

    Spoiler alert for The Bible – the guy dies in the end.

  13. Craig July 17, 2013 at 3:18 pm -

    So nice that UTD is working for TEN, winning the time slot but up against poor competition from Nine and Seven.

  14. PJs Ronin July 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm -

    I also have given up on Dome.

    I mean, this friggin great thing appears out of nowhere, is indestructible and cuts cows in half and all the script writers can come up with is “does Bobby know Jim is pregnant to Fred’s mother?” Who gives a ratz? What about the dome?

  15. Jayfunk July 17, 2013 at 1:52 pm -

    The Winners & Losers numbers may be low, wouldnt call it a flop as yet, has a loyal base. Compared to TEN’s Offspring, it rates better…

  16. alvar July 17, 2013 at 1:33 pm -

    also lots of praise on Channel 9 Facebook page today regarding The Bible…maybe you have to be Christian to appreciate it

  17. Ronnie July 17, 2013 at 1:05 pm -

    Glad to see Seven got the response they deserved to such a lazy programming choice. And yes W&L has been commissioned for one season too many – another lazy decision. Seven could do with a sassier, edgier, tougher drama in the mix – their offerings are looking a bit soft and melodramatic.

  18. maxxdude July 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm -

    Seven had to show Nine that ABBA could rate for them as well. They are the copycat network after all/

  19. Tracey B July 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm -

    Just watched the Abba special (got to love a sickie) wasn’t too bad for nostalgia.

    Agree with the comments that Winners and Losers should be able to rise above a poor lead in. Show is average.

  20. Pertinax July 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm -

    The Bible was a good buy.

    Depressing when it can get 800k while The Americans gets 180k.

  21. carolemorrissey July 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm -

    Yeah, I had to give ABBA a miss, had enough to watch and tape.

  22. alvar July 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm -

    Winners and Losers is a flopping. Blame the lead in, but An established Aussie drama should be able to pull good numbers regardless if if we’re a true hit.

  23. Dave July 17, 2013 at 11:33 am -

    you simply cant have too much abba

  24. steviem July 17, 2013 at 10:47 am -

    The Great Australian Bakeoff is actually really enjoyable!

  25. Darcey09 July 17, 2013 at 10:45 am -

    I think Winners & Losers may be joining PTTR in retirement after this season.

  26. The Other Adam July 17, 2013 at 10:41 am -

    Yes! Thank you!
    Was wondering last night why we are getting so many ABBA doco’s lately

  27. poss July 17, 2013 at 10:36 am -

    I caught up on things that i had recorded last night!
    I have given up on UtD.

  28. Pertinax July 17, 2013 at 10:33 am -

    What was the alternative to Dancing Queen, yet another episode of Border Security?

    The Mole tanked leaving Seven with a big problem. Ten spending millions more on Masterchef and getting 35k more viewers for their flagship show is a bigger problem though.

  29. Bogues July 17, 2013 at 9:57 am -

    Nine will win tonight too. The only question is by how much?

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