253,000 as TEN plummets into A League of their Own

By David Knox on October 22, 2013 / Filed Under News 41

2013-10-22_1015You know there is something seriously wrong when your 7:30 Monday show is pulling an audience around three times smaller than your 5:00 News, and less than The Bold and the Beautiful and Judge Judy.

Last night A League of their Own was a disastrous 253,000 in a primetime slot for TEN. This comes despite decent numbers for TEN Eyewitness News (718,000). While TEN has seen numbers for other shows struggling to make their mark, to attract those kinds of numbers at 7:30 on a Monday is unacceptable. Even Neighbours on ELEVEN pulled a bigger audience. Today A League of their Own didn’t rate a mention in the network’s daily ratings report. When will TEN bump the show to the weekend?

TEN’s show certainly faced tough competition, and was thrashed by The X Factor at 1.67m -more than six times its audience.

Seven network won the night with a share of 33.9% then Nine 27.9%, ABC 20.9%, TEN 14.1% and SBS 3.3%.

Elsewhere for Seven, The Blacklist was 1.47m in preliminary numbers, Seven News was 1.19m then Today Tonight (1.05m), Home and Away (953,000), Scandal (604,000) and Million Dollar Minute (513,000). Mistresses was 197,000.

Nine News (1.31m) was best for Nine then The Big Bang Theory (1.02m / 1.01m), A Current Affair (1.02m), Big Brother (914,000), Hot Seat (625,000), 2 Broke Girls (210,000) and Two and a Half Men (434,000).

Australian Story (986,000) led ABC1 followed by ABC News (943,000), 7:30 (902,000), Four Corners (828,000), Media Watch (735,000), Q & A (614,000) and Audrey’s Kitchen (404,000).

TEN Eyewitness News did well with 718,000 then The Project was 559,000. But from there everything trailed The Bold and the Beautiful (488,000) with Homeland on 404,000, The Simpsons was 338,000 and A League of their Own a shocking 253,000.

It was also a dire night for SBS ONE with Storm City at 163,000, World News Australia at 154,000, The Vasectomist at 120,000 and Legally Brown just 79,000.

Neighbours was 321,000 on ELEVEN.

Sunrise: 409,000.
Today: 349,000
ABC News Breakfast: 69,000 / 62,000

OzTAM Overnights: Monday 21 October 2013


  1. Darren October 27, 2013 at 2:59 pm -

    Not sure what this show is or when it was on, but I’d suggest home-shopping or a test pattern would have been a better choice for the hapless TEN.

  2. Elizabeth C October 23, 2013 at 8:12 pm -

    David, I read a few days ago that Mistresses was being pulled by a fellow blogger & replaced with two episodes of Scandal but when I looked online on Monday and it said Mistresses was on at 10.40ish. I taped it and watched it last night. Now I’ve seen on my EPG that it is 11.30 next week. Can you confirm for me?

    I am sick of 7 moving shows. According to you it was the second highest rating show over the US summer season. This show appeals to the 25 – 54 female demographic – especially when there’s no more Desperate Housewives & similar. I was watching W & L until DWTS began. I’m still waiting for 7 to show season 2 & 3 of the UK version of Mistresses…don’t think we’ll see that anytime soon.

  3. Sifter October 23, 2013 at 8:05 am -

    No one’s watching TEN no matter what they put on. eg. Sleepy Hollow – big new US drama, already been renewed for a 2nd season (so obviously a success), yet on TEN it hasn’t rated well. And Homeland is pretty tough to get into if you haven’t seen it before, even as a Homeland fan I’ve found this current season to be its weakest. A whole new strategy is needed for TEN, blaming it on this show when it’s up against the X-factor finale is shortsighted. I think they’ve been experimenting with this, they knew they wouldn’t win this slot, so they’ve tried something new. Good strategy if you ask me, they need to take risks to get back to the top.

  4. MHA October 22, 2013 at 11:56 pm -

    For the sake of the whole TV industry in this country, Ten needs to survive. The problem is the appallingly bad management from Chairman level and down, and the fixation with ‘event’, read reality dross television. No wonder people are sourcing their content from elsewhere in much larger numbers now. Even Ten now admits they have lost the younger generation as well. Ten, your current strategy is going to fail. At this rate Bruce Gordon will pick up Ten in a couple years at a really really dirt cheap rate, that is if Foxtel has not been allowed to swallow it up by the Fed Govt before then?

  5. glennc October 22, 2013 at 11:18 pm -

    @William their AFL v NRL game every episode has 10 eps listed on it. Im merely going from that. 10 does seem a weird number of eps to have but its as good as any I suppose!

  6. Leo Styles October 22, 2013 at 10:16 pm -

    OMG the breakfast tv figures are huge, Sunrise did 400k and good to see Today back in the 300k area while another great day for ABC News Breakfast with combined audience of 131,000. Its gonna be a tough battlle for Wake Up come November 4. All the bestTen!

  7. William October 22, 2013 at 9:50 pm -

    @randwick – guess what it is still playing on Monday at 7.30

  8. randwick October 22, 2013 at 7:50 pm -

    ten will be utter morons if they play a league of their own again next Monday night …..

  9. mason October 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm -

    Good News Week was 30 minutes on ABC and it was sensational. 1 hour is too long I reckon but bring it back in it’s original format. Mind you I thought the new Panel would work and it burned so I know as much as 10 programmers do.

  10. William October 22, 2013 at 7:23 pm -

    @glennc – how do you know that the show has 4 eps remaining but I thought the show had plenty of eps to go. I thought this was suppose to hang around till the BBL starts

  11. Sammo360 October 22, 2013 at 7:07 pm -

    Ten had a good opportunity to fast-track The Simpsons hours after the US to 7.30pm Mondays. Not sure why they persist with A League of Their Own week after week with those diabolical ratings.

  12. victor October 22, 2013 at 6:32 pm -

    You feel like the merciful thing to do with Ten would be for its shareholders to admit defeat, cut their losses and run. Of course with the latest bank loan underwritten by the three amigos (and one other declining) this won’t happen as fast as it should. But the ratings and revenue are so dire that starting with new shareholders, a new board and completely new management and heads of departments is the only solution. At the right price Ten could be an attractive investment in the long term.

  13. Karlos October 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm -

    I feel sorry for TEN. I used to watch it every night as well and now hardly ever. When your biggest shows like Homeland are pulling 400k viewers, you have a big problem on your hands.

  14. glennc October 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm -

    @Cam Reed I’ve been on about bringing back GNW to 8.30 Mon for a little while. It couldn’t hurt, would surely outrate the 400k Homeland is doing currently. Id imagine a move to 9.30 wouldn’t overly hurt Homeland’s current numbers either!

  15. Cam Reed October 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm -

    While TEN let Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation disappear in the wind by constantly changing days it was on, I’d almost be wanting to bring it and Good News Week (in an hour show not the 1.5hrs that killed it), back to run together on Mondays (with Homeland to 9:30pm).

  16. randwick October 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm -

    This is what happens when Hamish Maclennan wants more time ……

  17. David Knox October 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm -

    ALOTO isn’t reality, it’s light entertainment. Reality scored 1.67m?

  18. Bazza October 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm -

    And perhaps people are just getting tired of the vacuous tripe that is ‘reality tv’…

  19. Billy C October 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm -

    @Pertinax – I think Slideshow has broad cross generation appeal. It’s just silly fun, not to my taste but I’d rather watch it than big brother. ALOTO requires some interest in sport or at least a lack of disinterest. It needs to be on at 9.00pm at least when working people are home and kids have gone to bed. I think it’s problems however are more than timeslot based.

  20. glennc October 22, 2013 at 1:17 pm -

    There’s 4 eps left. Personally, I’d swap it to Wed up against SlideShow and have your Modern Family repeats on Monday 7.30. They’d prob rate better!
    But then people would moan about the shuffling of schedules! No win situation for Ten really!!

  21. Pertinax October 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm -

    A League Of Their Own is based on the British show made by CPL.

    The format has been distributed internationally, Ten bought it and their version is made by Freehand.

  22. cnrmlj October 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm -

    Best homeland of the year last night. The first three episodes were very slow.

  23. Billy C October 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm -

    @adi – Freehand produce under license form the U.K. They did have a deal with BBC but that is over now. To my knowledge they have never made a comedy. I would suggest it shows.

  24. mason October 22, 2013 at 12:36 pm -

    10 need to put Attenborough on Monday against X Factor. It will do better because it is a genuine alternative to reality. It’s only 1 week so even a repeat will do. ALoTO for Saturday 6.30 for the rest of it’s run.

  25. adi October 22, 2013 at 12:29 pm -

    Is their a production company behind ALOTO?

  26. Tony Bee October 22, 2013 at 12:15 pm -

    It is a great reassurance to me that there is a majority of people who choose not to watch this rubbish.

  27. kimbeth October 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm -

    Atleast it’s living up to its name. No other 7.30 show rates so poorly.

    Ch10 could be on to a winner here. A new show called “everybody dance in a league of their own”.

  28. Sairy.james October 22, 2013 at 12:05 pm -

    I’m a big 10 Supporter, and i really like Tommy Little. But after watching a fair bit of a Legue of their own…. It’s not great.

  29. Jason October 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm -

    William, there are only a few fanatics that only watch things with a whiff of “sport” attached. It will not “rebound”. 9 & 7 will both have something which will be more appealing to the masses – even if it’s just more Big Bang reruns or The Man With the World’s Biggest Testicles again. (Did very well last time.)
    But this is a kid’s show tarted up as “entertainment”. Shove it on One where even fewer will watch it.
    Even “Judge Judy Primetime” would do better, and be a hell of a lot cheaper.

  30. hotgoat October 22, 2013 at 11:55 am -

    MDM’s Monday’s numbers barely beating Hot Seats Friday numbers, is it time to dump this stinker?

  31. nik c October 22, 2013 at 11:38 am -

    Wasn’t Homeland a huge show last year? That is seriously bad too.

  32. nik c October 22, 2013 at 11:36 am -

    David, I am glad that you haven’t been criticised for bias etc. It is a blog and you correctly identify that A league of their own is rating in a lower stratosphere than many other shows.

    It seems 10 is remaining faithful to some serious shockers this year, while 7, 9 and even the ABC are quick to act.

  33. Bogues October 22, 2013 at 11:35 am -

    Maybe Ten know they can’t compete against the X Factor, and are intentionally putting in a show that doesn’t rate well.

  34. Pertinax October 22, 2013 at 11:00 am -

    Even if Ten had something better to replace A League of Their Own, starting it against the Grand Final of The X Factor would be suicide.

    There are 1.7m people watching The X Factor, 900k watching 7:30 and 900k watching BB. That leaves Ten, SBS and 14 other channel battling it out for a share of about 750k viewers, which Ten won for all the good it will do them.

  35. JennyW October 22, 2013 at 10:57 am -

    Lol at Neighbours doing better than A League of Their Own. How embarrassing!

  36. Jock October 22, 2013 at 10:48 am -

    TT and ACA were both replaced in Sydney by an extended 6pm news bulletin (which makes the figures interesting to look at – Seven built its Sydney audience in the second half hour while Nine’s figures plummeted).

  37. cjschris October 22, 2013 at 10:45 am -

    Well it was obvious this show would fail. As a person who used to watch Ten every night, I’m finding less and less reasons to stick with them when they commission a show this boring. And as David said, TAYG was great because it was fresh faces with a great host and funny panelists. Yet if you’ve watched The Project, chances are you’ve seen anyone on this show. They need a serious change in management considering their recent, and equally predictable, flops.

  38. Andrew October 22, 2013 at 10:42 am -

    William you can’t bounce back from 253,000 especially in the space of six episodes

  39. jezza the first original one October 22, 2013 at 10:39 am -

    Ch10….So what do you do. Sack more people who made the decisions to persevere with this show or allow them to learn from their abject failure…. there are no simple answers

  40. James S October 22, 2013 at 10:29 am -

    Oh Dear, A League of their own is heading to the Graveyard (aka Saturday Night Death Slot) come next week.

  41. William October 22, 2013 at 10:27 am -

    Give it time David, once TXF finishes I am sure it will rebound from there to get higher ratings as I think Ten commissioned about another 6 eps

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