Last night Free to Air viewers voted with their remotes on the revamped Top Gear, giving failed host Chris Evans a wide berth, on Nine.
The show only aired in 2 cities, but to get an idea of its performance A Current Affair was #1 in Sydney on 273,000 viewers. When Top Gear followed it plummeted to 94,000 -fourth in its slot. By comparison MasterChef (290,000), Border Security (245,000) and 7:30 (223,000) trounced it in the Sydney market. No doubt die-hard fans had already seen the show on Pay TV and the rest had heard the bad news already.
As a result, TEN again pushed Nine into third place with MasterChef topping the night.
Seven didn’t win any early evening timeslots but still came out on top, including on primary channels.
Seven network won with 27.2% then TEN 24.1%, Nine 23.6%, ABC 17.3% and SBS 7.8%.
Seven News (1.05m / 944,000) was best for Seven then The Force (775,000), Border Security (767,000), Home and Away (729,000), The Chase (681,000 / 456,000) and Criminal Minds (626,000 / 554,000).
MasterChef Australia was #1 with 1.19m then Offspring 845,000. The Project was 721,000 / 442,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 505,000 and Madam Secretary was 187,000.
Nine News was 1.11m / 1.04m for Nine then A Current Affair (835,000), Hot Seat (592,000), RBT was 293,000 in 3 cities, The Footy Show was 170,000 in 2 cities and Top Gear was 161,000 in 2 cities.
ABC News (785,000) topped ABC’s night followed by 7:30 (672,000), Mad as Hell (655,000), QI (530,000) Catherine Tate’s Nan (317,000), Antiques Roadshow (317,000) and Adam Hills: The Last Leg (275,000).
On SBS it was Byzantium: The Tale of Three Cities (245,000), Tour de France (206,000), Caged and SBS World News were both 121,000.
Peppa Pig (289,000) topped multichannels once again.
ABC News Breakfast: 105,000 / 51,000
OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 20 July 2016