Big Brother rates below 1m for first time since debut

The ratings of Nine’s Big Brother have slipped since its big debut at the start of the week, with the reality show dropping below 1m for the first time on a typically poor Thursday night for television viewing.

The show rated with 973,000 – down around 600,000 viewers from its 1.6m debut – but won in every key demographic, 18-49, 16-39 and 25-54.

On at 7pm, Big Brother pulled in exactly the same ratings figure as Home & Away on Seven – both were the top non-news shows of the night.

The second episode of The Farmer Wants A Wife, which followed Big Brother at 8pm, rated with 938,000. It narrowly beat Mrs Brown’s Boys, which pulled in 932,000 for Seven in the 8.30pm time slot.

MasterChef All Stars was Ten’s highest rating show with 797,000, peaking at 1.07m.

It was a poor night for the ABC, with its top non-news show – a repeat of Midsomer Murders – pulling 690,000 and ranking 13th. But the broadcaster gained a higher channel share than Ten – with 13.5% share compared to 12.4%.

Seven News won the night with 1.173m, followed by Nine News on 1.034m.

Seven won the night overall with 21.3% channel share. Nine was second with 20.4%.

Thursday’s top 15 shows:

1. Seven News Seven 1.173m
2. Nine News Nine 1.034m
3. Today Tonight Seven 1.021m
4. ABC News ABC 1.002m
5. Big Brother Nine 0.973m
6. Home and Away Seven 0.973m
7. The Farmer Wants A Wife Nine 0.938m
8. Mrs Brown’s Boys – Episode 1 Seven 0.932m
9. A Current Affair Nine 0.890m
10. Masterchef Ten 0.797m
11. 7:30 ABC 0.726m
12. Ten News Ten 0.709m
13. Midsomer Murders ABC 0.690m
14. Mrs Brown’s Boys – Episode 2 Seven 0.667m
15. Catalyst ABC 0.642m

Thursday’s channel share:

  1. Seven: 21.3%
  2. Nine: 20.4%
  3. ABC1: 13.5%
  4. Ten: 12.4%
  5. SBS1: 4.5%
  6. 7TWO 4.3%
  7. GO!: 4.1%
  8. 7mate: 3.9%
  9. One: 3.6%
  10. Eleven: 3.5%
  11. Gem: 3.0%
  12. ABC2: 2.8%
  13. ABC News 24: 1.0%
  14. SBS2: 0.9%
  15. ABC3: 0.8%


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