Thursdays a struggle but Footy Show tops demos

By David Knox on August 23, 2013 / Filed Under News 15

2013-08-23_1015Viewers were again pretty unexcited by Thursday TV offerings (and bloggers are equally unexcited to file the results).

No entertainment show managed to crack the magic million. Some observations: ABC comedies dropped a little but still held up well. Interest in the AFL saga meant The Footy Show did good numbers in the demos. Today Tonight is in trouble in Melbourne. TEN News was down and Vikings was up for SBS.

Nine network won the night with 31.6% then Seven 24.9%, TEN 19.2%, ABC 18.3% and SBS 6.0%.

Nine News topped the night with 1.17m, A Current Affair (967,000), The Footy Show (864,000), Big Brother (840,000), Hot Seat (625,000).

Seven News led Seven with 1.12m, followed by Dynamo: Magician Impossible (915,000), Today Tonight (891,000), Home and Away (886,000), Deal or No Deal (477,000), Please Marry My Boy (455,000) and Formal Wars (321,000).

MasterChef (610,000) topped TEN then Law and Order: SVU (607,000 / 538,000), The Project (564,000) TEN News (552,000). The Simpsons was 291,000.

ABC News (896,000) won its timeslot for ABC1 then Upper Middle Bogan (861,000), It’s a Date (773,000), 7:30 (655,000), Catalyst (621,000), Would I Lie to You? (388,000), Country House Rescue (287,000) and Derek (203,000).

Vikings is lifting for SBS ONE now at 350,000, out in front of Heston’s Feasts (247,000), Madhur Jaffrey’s Curry Nation (208,000), Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong (196,000) and World News Australia (178,000).

Big Bang was the biggest multichannel theory on 317,000 / 307,000.

Nine’s Afternoon News: 238,000
Seven News at 4: 190,000

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 22 August 2013


  1. kushkook August 23, 2013 at 5:33 pm -

    Fridays slowly turned into a dead TV night like Saturdays. And now networks are treating Thursday as the new Friday. Commercial networks seem to only care about Sunday-Wednesday.

  2. Dr_Rudi August 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm -

    I thought ‘Date’ was much better last night – it might have been in their interest to have screened that one first.

    ‘Bogan’ had a touch of the obvious last night, which they’ll need to steer clear of in future.

  3. nik c August 23, 2013 at 2:05 pm -

    I can’t believe many with an OZTam device still does Thursday night shopping?!?!
    But there isn’t a great deal on offer. ABC is usually a possibility for me depending on what they show. currently holding my attention from recently aired Wonders of Life to comedies UMB and IAD!

  4. stilesy August 23, 2013 at 1:54 pm -

    @James S – Isn’t Friday or Saturday night The Death Slot for Australian TV?.

  5. James S August 23, 2013 at 1:31 pm -

    It’s True, Thursday Nights are Really The Death Slot on Aussie TV.

  6. James S August 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm -

    They’re was a washout at the Cricket last night which Explains They’ve came 19th in the Digital Ratings.

  7. alvar August 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm -

    Those numbers for BB aren’t great, especially when compared to The Block. But I don’t think Nine would have much else to replace it with if they were to cancel it next year. More Big Bang?

  8. daveinprogress August 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm -

    Big Brother made the right decision to move the Showdown eps from Saturday, but i guess Shelly and Michael are out of work! The tighter version of the games worked better, but nomination superpower gets lost in the change? Unless the winner twists both the nominees after and the next lot too?

  9. Jennome August 23, 2013 at 11:39 am -

    I’m surprise It’s a Date on the ABC isn’t doing better – I think it’s just terrific. All these well known actors out of their normal comfort zone, going on blind dates. Who knew John Wood was good at comedy, teamed with Denise Scott as a seeming anal control freak?

    Terrific stuff – and well done to Peter Hellier for the concept. So much good work has gone into this program, it deserves to do really well.

  10. DebMarconi August 23, 2013 at 11:19 am -

    Am I the only one who has noticed how Ten News in Melbourne has lost 100,000 viewers since they announced Mal Walden was going.

  11. glennc August 23, 2013 at 10:42 am -

    Find it weird The Footy Show (AFL) is gaining numbers. I’d have thought Sam Newman’s polarizing opinions would be driving people away, not in.

  12. smit0847 August 23, 2013 at 10:37 am -

    Formal wars was true car crash television last night.

  13. David Knox August 23, 2013 at 10:29 am -


  14. tomothyd August 23, 2013 at 10:28 am -

    Hilarious episode of Would I Lie to You last night, I was in tears during the baboon story and loved the two flakes lie.

  15. Bogues August 23, 2013 at 10:21 am -

    What happened with the cricket on GEM? Only got 19th in the digital ratings. Surely that is an error, given how well Aussie are doing.

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