Australia Versus drops another 60%

Tim Ross’s clip show Australia Versus continued its rapid fall on Tuesday night, shedding a further 60% of its audience after being pushed back to a later slot.

The show – which pits Australia against a different country each week – was given a dream run-in for its debut last week inheriting a 1.8m audience from Packed To The Rafters. But it shed more than a million of them delivering an average of 623,000 viewers.

As a result, it was immediately bumped back by Seven to the 10.30pm slot. Last night it delivered just 245,000 viewers – 46th for Tuesday and fifth in its slot behind not only Nine and Ten but The ABC’s Lateline and SBS’s Tour de France. According to preliminary overnight metro ratigns from OzTam, Australia Versus was just two or three places ahead of Play School (211,000) and Sesame Street (222,000).

The swift decision by Seven to move Australia Versus out of the post-Rafters slot did not pay off though. Its replacement Ghost Whisperer did even worse, pulling in just 603,000. However, the schedule change came after most printed TV guides had gone to press, so some viewers would have been unaware it was on.

Packed To The Rafters grew to 1.9m which was more than enough to deliver Seven an easy win for the night though.

Ten’s Masterchef was just ahead of Rafters as the top show for the night.

Tuesday’s top 15 shows:

  1. Masterchef Ten 1.927m
  2. Packed to the Rafters Seven 1.899m
  3. Today Tonight Seven 1.563m
  4. Modern Family Ten 1.514m
  5. Seven News Seven 1.506m
  6. Nine News Nine 1.369m
  7. A Current Affair Nine 1.252m
  8. Two and a Half Men Nine 1.169m
  9. Top Gear Nine 1.112m
  10. Minute to Win It Seven 1.104m
  11. Greatest Cities of the World ABC 1.097m
  12. Home and Away Seven 1.076m
  13. ABC News ABC 1.046m
  14. The 7PM Project Ten 0.980m
  15. NCIS Ten 0.953m

Tuesday’s share:

  • Seven: 26.4%
  • Ten: 22.8%
  • Nine: 22.5%
  • ABC1: 14.8%
  • SBS1: 6.5%
  • GO!: 2.1%
  • 7TWO 1.7%
  • ABC2: 1.5%
  • ABC3: 0.7%
  • One: 0.7%
  • SBS2: 0.3%

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