Under the Dome finishes well for TEN

By David Knox on September 18, 2013 / Filed Under News 19

2013-09-18_1011In what is shaping up as a very ordinary week for TEN, Tuesday may prove to be its best night of the week, thanks to a strong finish for Under the Dome on 857,000.

The short-run US drama has been TEN’s bright spot since MasterChef ended and was used as launch pad for Sleepy Hollow (597,000) and won its timeslot. Both shows outrated the earlier local production Recipe to Riches.

Meanwhile the game show battle has already narrowed with Million Dollar Minute dropping from 811,000 to 604,000 in 24 hours, now only 28,000 ahead of Hot Seat. After the curiosity factor of Monday’s premiere the hard slog begins.

Big Brother is also enjoying a strong week, topping all the key demos.

Seven won the night with a network share was 29.5% then Nine 25.3%, TEN 20.1%, ABC 19.4% and SBS 5.7%.

Seven News was #1 for the night on 1.19m followed by The Force 1.1m, Border Security (1.04m), Today Tonight (957,000), Winners and Losers (925,000), Home and Away (876,000), Million Dollar Minute (604,000), Body of Proof (529,000 / 359,000) and Deal or No Deal (296,000).

Nine News (1.18m) was best for Nine then A Current Affair (1.03m), Big Brother (942,000 / 403,000), Hot Seat (576,000) and Big Bang (562,000 / 474,000).

Under the Dome finished well for TEN on 857,000. Next was TEN Eyewitness News (608,000), The Project (599,000), Sleepy Hollow (597,000) and Recipe to Riches (528,000). The Simpsons was 381,000.

ABC News won its timeslot with 944,000 for ABC1. Next was 7:30 (794,000), Rise of the Continents (774,000), Foreign Correspondent (652,000), At the Movies (505,000) and Restoration Home (264,000).

Insight (289,000) was best on SBS ONE then Who Do You Think You Are? (249,000), World News Australia (199,000) and Dateline (159,000).

ABC2’s Fireman Sam (297,000) was best on multichannels.

Nine Afternoon News: 253,000
Seven News at 4: 165,000
Nine News Now: 110,000
Daily Edition: 82,000

OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 17 September 2013


  1. universe93 September 20, 2013 at 2:13 am -

    Worst part for Ten is it didn’t really matter how well the finale would rate – the show isn’t coming back in the US for another 9 months. Inevitably people are going to blame Ten without realizing it’s a summer show in the US and hence won’t appear again until next July.

  2. Pertinax September 19, 2013 at 10:45 am -

    Sleepy Hollow rated well in US — 10m (3.4/9 with 18-49s). It was the first Fall premiere and it attracted viewers waiting for the final of Under The Dome on CBS. The reverse didn’t work well for Ten here though.

    The mythology is a mishmash of time travel, witches fighting the battle of Revelation across time and space, vampire law and a butchering of Irving’s classic short story so they could use the name that doesn’t make much sense.

    It’s better written and acted than Under The Dome, which was made for summer, and seemed to spend most its budget on CGI.

  3. Mac September 18, 2013 at 9:48 pm -

    I watched Million Dollar Minute (with a very croaky Denyer) for the first time tonight. What a dull format! I won’t be returning.

  4. Nate September 18, 2013 at 6:35 pm -

    Sleepy Hollow was very entertaining, I’m surprised how well UtD’s ratings have held up given how bad the show is.

  5. nik c September 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm -

    Shame W&L has dropped in recent weeks. It seems the strong X Factor lead in helped and now with factuals ppl have dropped off.
    I don’t get how people can tune in, for a couple of weeks missing the start of the new season and then switch of again…
    This observation goes for most shows. I will start watching something and then tune off if i don’t like it, as is the natural trend when story lines weaken (maybe W&L, Wonderland) or viewers are turned off my mid season interruptions (Rafters) or in Arrows case sport events or constant repeats either during a first run season (I know NCIS suffered from this or repeats flooding the schedule (TBBT, Mentalist and CSI ).

  6. randwick September 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm -

    take a note ten – the reason you got viewers back was that utd and sleepy hollow appealed to a wider audience …. not like your bad reality shows… which is likely to appeal to maybe a hand full of people …..

  7. Craig September 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm -

    I hate that CBS picked up UTD for a 2nd season, leaving us with that final OM*G!

    I mean it was nice to have a good ‘summer’ show over the US off season and not have 13 weeks of NCIS re-runs in the time slot but really. I was all set for this to be a one off mini series with a nice ending.

    Wish Sleepy Hollow had done better, given how much TEN had promoted it over the last few weeks, I liked it.

  8. Tony Bee September 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm -

    UTD ending very disappointing. It should not have gone to a second series.

  9. DaveM September 18, 2013 at 11:55 am -

    With all the hoo-ha about Million Dollar Minute, Deal or No Deal and Hot Seat, Eyewitness News out-rated all of them…

  10. poss September 18, 2013 at 11:39 am -

    Not sure how i feel about Sleepy Hollow?……will continue watching but really how far can you go with headless horseman?????

  11. tomothyd September 18, 2013 at 11:27 am -

    I expected that figure for Sleepy Hollow, just because of the time slot.I hope next week it picks up for TENs sake, as it was actually quite good.
    Dome was a good episode, but now we have to wait until July for season 2 unless CBS plan to bring it forward, but I don’t see that happening unless they have programming troubles before next summer.

  12. Leppie September 18, 2013 at 11:19 am -

    Very happy Big Brother is improving in the ratings. The show itself has also improved greatly in the last few weeks too.

  13. neat121 September 18, 2013 at 11:11 am -

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Sleepy Hollow! Hopefully the audience keeps coming when it moves to 8:30 next week.

  14. Billy C September 18, 2013 at 11:05 am -

    Ten should buy in some really good documentary series from the BBC and try and launch some shows off the back of them.

  15. michaelOz September 18, 2013 at 11:00 am -

    Yes… Loving the BB fight back.
    Good mix of people and great storylines.

  16. jezza the first original one September 18, 2013 at 10:54 am -

    UTD did well to pull back from the RTR ratings failure. I bet a certain foodstore is not impressed with the RTR figures. Just goes to show that programming needs to be based around viewers….

  17. Pertinax September 18, 2013 at 10:51 am -

    It looks like over the last 3 weeks UtD has recovered most of the 200k viewers who didn’t watch when it was bumped to 9:30pm for RtR.

    Sleepy Hollow lost 30% of UtD’s audience, not great for a heavily promoted premiere. It will be repeated but it looks like another sub 500k drama for Ten.

    Ten probably would have done better, or not any worse, by just starting RtR and SH in the slots they intended to run them in. SH is just up against W&L and Big School/Come Fly With Me (rpt) which look like filler.

  18. bill September 18, 2013 at 10:31 am -

    Geez the Under The Dome finale was uninspiring

  19. jumpjakflash September 18, 2013 at 10:23 am -

    So happy to see Big Brother doing very well this week – so odd for this to happen mid-season! Usually its an all-time low by this time…

    Producers & Alex Mav are doing something right :)

    Episodes have been very entertaining this week!

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