ABC1 grabs big viewing share with night of election themed shows

gruen nationThe ABC was close on the heels of Nine and Seven last night with insights on the election campaign from Gruen Nation, Kitchen Cabinet and The Hamster Decides all rating among the ten most shows.

Gruen Nation was the top entertainment show of the night with 1.179m metro viewers tuning in to watch the Wil Anderson-hosted panel discussion about the election advertising campaigns. And Kitchen Cabinet, in which political journalist Annabel Crabb went to Tony Abbott’s house for dinner, had 921,000 metro viewers making it seventh for the night. Crabb also participated in the Gruen Nation Panel, along with Leo Burnett Sydney CEO Todd Sampson, and Channel Ten’s Russel Howcroft.

The Hamster Decides, from the Chaser team, brought 913,000 metro viewers to ABC1 from 9.15pm to 9.45pm and was eighth for the night.

ABC1 had a 17.2 per cent share of the audience, only just falling behind Channel Nine’s 18.1 per cent share, and Seven’s 19.4 per cent share of the audience. It was one of the national broadcaster’s biggest shares of the year.

Channel Nine’s Big Brother also featured an appearance from Tony Abbott last night who delivered a final campaign message to the housemates. Presenting with his daughters on either side, Abbott said: “If you want to know who to vote for I’m the guy with the not bad looking daughters.” The show had 807,000 viewers from 7pm and 772,000 for Big Brother Confidential, which followed, making it 12th and 13th for the night.

Seven’s Slideshow, also in the 7.30pm time slot, had 830,000 viewers, and was followed by the final episode of Criminal Minds rating 727,000 in OzTam’s preliminary overnight ratings.

Ratings dropped again for Channel Ten’s Sydney beach drama Wonderland which had a total metro audience of 688,000, down from last week’s 769,000, which had fallen from 984,000 for the premiere. However the show, on from 8.30pm, performed well in the 25-54 demographic, Ten’s target group, where it was fourth for the night.

Wednesday’s top 15 shows:

  1. Nine News Nine 1,264,000
  2. Seven News Seven 1,183,000
  3. Gruen Nation ABC1 1,179,000
  4. A Current Affair Nine 1,088,000
  5. Today Tonight Seven 1,035,000
  6. Home and Away Seven 943,000
  7. Kitchen Cabinet ABC1 921,000
  8. The Hamster Decides ABC1 913,000
  9. ABC News ABC1 911,000
  10. 7.30 ABC1 899,000
  11. Slideshow Seven 830,000
  12. Big Brother Nine 807,000
  13. Big Brother Confidential Nine 772,000
  14. Criminal Minds Seven 727,000
  15. Wonderland Ten 688,000

Wednesday’s share:

  • Seven 19.4%
  • Nine 18.1%
  • ABC1 17.2%
  • Ten 12.1%
  • 7mate 5.3%
  • GO! 4.6%
  • SBS ONE 3.9%
  • 7TWO 3.9%
  • ELEVEN 3.6%
  • AB2 3.5%
  • Gem 3.3%
  • One 2.2%
  • ABC3 1.1%
  • ABC News 24 1.1%
  • SBS 2 0.6%
  • NITV 0.1%

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2013. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM.

Megan Reynolds


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