Dick Smith’s ratings puzzle

Last night’s documentary Dick Smith’s Population Puzzle created a question over its ratings too.

The show – in which the businessman debated issues around the future size of Australia – was of wildly varying interest across the country.  

In Sydney, it was the most watched show of the night, according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam with 378,000 viewers, while the Q&A population debate that followed was the city’s fourth biggest show of the night.

Yet in both Melbourne and Brisbane the Dick Smith doco was 17th while in both Adelaide and Perth it was 14th.

Overall it was 12th for the night with a five city metro average of 960,000 viewers.

Meanwhile The Matty Johns Show continued to tread water in Sydney for Seven, 17th for the night although it did slightly better in Brisbane where it was 12th.

Thursday’s top 15 shows:

  1. Seven News Seven 1.372m
  2. Today Tonight Seven 1.292m
  3. Nine News Nine 1.194m
  4. Getaway Nine 1.140m
  5. ABC News ABC 1.110m
  6. A Current Affair Nine 1.067m
  7. Bondi Vet Ten 1.056m
  8. Rush Ten 1.002m
  9. Home and Away Seven 0.995m
  10. The Mentalist Nine 0.991m
  11. Recruits Ten 0.963m
  12. Dick Smith’s Population Puzzle ABC 0.960m
  13. Two and a Half Men Nine 0.953m
  14. Q&A: Population Debate ABC 0.899m
  15. Ten News Ten 0.874m

Thursday’s channel share:

  • Nine: 24.1%
  • Seven: 20.8%
  • Ten: 19.9%
  • ABC1: 18.7%
  • GO!: 5.0%
  • SBS1: 3.5%
  • ABC2: 2.8%
  • 7TWO 2.7%
  • One: 1.0%
  • ABC3: 0.6%
  • SBS2: 0.6%
  • ABC News 24: 0.3%

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