ABC’s Gruen wins time slot despite shedding 100,000 viewers

ABC’s Gruen led its time slot for the third consecutive week, but lost 100,000 viewers from last week’s episode.

The show, which runs from 9pm, led the late-evening entertainment offering with a metro audience of 680,000, but the result was down on last week’s 798,000 metro viewers.

Gruen remained the most-watched entertainment program in its time slot

Last week’s spike could be attributed to controversy following the first episode of the year, when audience members accused host Wil Anderson of having a ‘meltdown’.

This week, however, the ABC show was ahead of  Nine’s Britain’s Got Talent, which averaged 522,000 metro viewers from 8:30pm, and Ten’s Instinct and Seven’s Modern Family, which did not make OzTAM’s overnight preliminary metro ratings top 20.

The earlier time slot was won by Ten’s Masterchef, which managed more than 800,000 viewers at 7:30pm. The show topped the key advertising demographics, 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s, and pulled its biggest audience from Melbourne – 277,000 viewers.

Running alongside Ten’s Masterchef was Nine’s Young Sheldon and Seven’s House Rules. The two shows captured audiences of 715,000 and 682,000 respectively.

The ABC’s live show Stargazing, which ran from 8pm, managed 497,000 metro viewers.

Overall, the night was won by Seven News, with an audience of 1.071m metro viewers. Nine News was unable to crack 1m viewers last night, achieving 956,000 at 6pm.

ABC News had an audience of 685,000, while the second half hour of Ten’s panel news and entertainment program, The Project, had 570,000.

A main channel share win was handed to Nine for Wednesday night, as it finished at 19.1%. Seven’s share was 17.9%, beating Ten’s 14.1%, despite Masterchef’s success. ABC’s and SBS’ shares were 13.9% and 4.6% repsectively.

But looking at total network share – which includes the multi-channels – Seven Network scraped a win over Nine Network, with shares of 28.4% and 27%. ABC Network’s 19.5% also managed to beat Network Ten’s 18.7%.


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