Big ratings night for Gruen Transfer, big morning for Sunrise

The Gruen Transfer last night enjoyed its biggest ratings since it made its debut in 2008 with an average audience of 1.482m on Wednesday night.

The ABC1 show about the advertising industry rated second for the night, behind Seven’s Today Tonight (1.507m) according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam.

Meanwhile, Seven’s Sunrise (429,000) followed on from last week’s big numbers and yesterday opened up one of its widest gaps in recent years over Nine’s Today (285,000). The margin of 144,000 meant that the show had 50% more viewers than its bitter rival.

The last time the gap was as wide was on November 4, 2008 when it was 169,000.

The stellar audience also carried through to Seven’s Morning Show, which rated 206,000.

In prime time, reality show Four Weddings fared less well for Seven, averaging 1.012m for its debut. It was beaten by Nine’s Two And A Half Men (1.177m) and Hot Property (1.104m). But it was well ahead of Ten whose double episodes of the Simpsons rated 642,000 and 817,000. The repeated season two finale of Lie To Me rated 727,000, uncerlining a poor night for Ten.

Wednesday’s top rating TV shows:

  1. Today Tonight Seven 1.507m
  2. The Gruen Transfer ABC 1.482m
  3. Seven News Seven 1.408m
  4. Spicks and Specks ABC 1.361m
  5. Nine News Nine 1.328m
  6. ABC News ABC 1.256m
  7. The Farmer Wants A Wife Nine 1.221m
  8. Two and a Half Men – 7:30pm Nine 1.177m
  9. A Current Affair Nine 1.154m
  10. Hot Property Nine 1.104m
  11. The 7:30 Report ABC 1.069m
  12. Home and Away Seven 1.047m
  13. Four Weddings Seven 1.012m
  14. Two and a Half Men – 7:00pm Nine 1.000m
  15. RPA Nine 0.950m

Wednesday’s share:

  • Nine: 26.6%
  • Seven: 22.9%
  • ABC1: 19.2%
  • Ten: 16.4%
  • SBS1: 3.7%
  • GO!: 3.5%
  • 7TWO: 3.4%
  • ABC2: 1.9%
  • One: 0.7%
  • SBS2: 0.6%
  • ABC3: 0.5%
  • ABC News 24: 0.5%

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