George Negus debuts with 606,000

Ten’s new approach to news met with modest success on its first outing, with 6PM With George Negus attracting an average audience of 606,000 – above the cautious 500,000 target set by executive producer Tony Ritchie.

The state based 6.30pm news delivered 535,000. The ratings are based on preliminary overnight metro figures from OzTam.

Analysis of the Oztam ratings by Ten says that 6PM With george Negus outoperformed the same day and timeslot in 2010 by 38%. The 6.30pm news was 11% up on the same timeslot last year.

Overall, Ten had a 13.7% share of the metro free TV audience yesterday. It was beaten by Nine’s 20.5% and Seven’s tennis-fuelled 23.1%.

  • Seven – 23.1%
  • Nine – 20.5%
  • Ten – 13.7%
  • ABC1 – 11.5%
  • 7Two – 5.3%
  • Gem – 4.6%
  • 7Mate – 4.5%
  • Eleven – 4.5%
  • SBS1 – 4.3%
  • Go – 3.4%
  • ABC2 – 1.5%
  • ABC3 – 1.o%
  • SBS2 – 1%
  • One – 0.6%
  • ABC News 24 – 0.5%

6PM With George Negus – which included Prime Minister Julia Gillard as the first guest – was also reasonably well received by viewers talking on social media last night.

Although viewers were amused by Negus’ eccentric pronunciation of the word “orgies” and use of the question “Where you shit scared?”, online comment on the program was broadly positive.


Enjoying the tone of Negus on 6PM so far. Nice to have real current affairs on commercial TV.

Any doubts about Negus still having it quickly quoshed. All doubts about the PM still not finding her groove quickly reinforced

George Negus #6pm is terrific just like the old days of Dateline. Great to have in-depth news on commercial TV. Well done Ten News. 🙂

Thoroughly enjoying #6pm with George Negus.

6pm with George Negus isn’t too bad. Negus seems somewhat flat, but the show is alright. His interview with PM JG was pretty good.

#6PM with George Negus = first time I’ve seen serious news on @ChannelTen = win

That was a fairly decent start by #6pm for their first show – Negus and @hughriminton combine well – only prob. Everything was a bit rushed.

#6pm w/ negus was good. it’s sort of like a ‘mini sixty minutes’ every weekday

I’m a fan. It was a little stilted first up but the man is class and worth sticking with.

George Negus can be my sugar daddy anyday


Looks like George Negus new show is yet another fear mongering pile of commercial TV shit. Main story about Aussie killing suicide bombers.

I love G Negus but I don’t think this idea will work on this network. Can’t see a 24 year old watching this

George Negus and Channel Ten. Strange bedfellows

Can someone tell George Negus he’s not on SBS!

Replace the surprisingly incoherent and unprofessional George Negus with Hamish McDonald or Hugh Rimminton and you’ll improve a lot #6pm

I don’t think George Negus will last long…. I think the whole thing was a bit of a fail….

Commenters on Mumbrella last night were on the whole positive, with comments describing it as “gutsy”, although others described the lengthy 5pm to 7pm news lineup as “repetitive”.


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