Gruen Planet gives ABC1 top entertainment show as Ten’s Wonderland declines

Gruen_PlanetThe return of Gruen Planet was Australia’s most watched entertainment show last night.

The show – which follows on from a four week run of the election-themed Gruen Nation brought in an average of 1.023m viewers to ABC1, preliminary overnight ratings from OzTam show.

Gruen was topped only by Nine News and Seven News, and it was also number one among 25-54s.

Gruen Planet was followed by the final episode of The Hamster Decides, from The Chaser team, which had 803,000 metro viewers at 9pm.

Channel Ten’s Sydney beach drama Wonderland, in the same 8.30pm timeslot as Gruen, had 606,000 viewers last night – a drop from last week’s 688,000 and a further decline in viewers since its debut to an audience of 948,000 on August 21. Wonderland was seventh in the network’s target demographic of 25-54s last night.

Seven featured a documentary on former fugitive Malcolm Naden at 8.30pm which had a  metro audience of 709,000, while Channel Nine aired two hour long  episodes of Arrow at 8.30pm and 9.30pm, scoring an average of 619,000 viewers.

Nine’s Big Brother on from 7pm to 8.30pm was 11th for the night with 800,000 total metro viewers. Big Brother was second among 25-54s, followed by Big Brother Confidential, on at 8pm, which was third among 25-54s.

Channel Seven’s Grant Denyer-hosted Slideshow, on at 7.30pm, had 868,000 total viewers.

Meanwhile the gulf between Seven’s Hot Seat and Nine’s Deal or No Deal at 5.30pm demonstrated why Seven plans to move its show half an hour earlier.  Deal or No Deal had 446,000 viewers, well behind the Eddie McGuire-hosted Hot Seat. From next week, the new Grant Denyer fronted contest Million Dollar Minute will air at 5.30pm.

In the morning battle, Seven’s Sunrise had 357,000 viewers over 298,000 for Channel Nine’s Today, winning in all capital cities but Brisbane.

Seven won the night with a 21 per cent audience share followed by Nine’s 18 per cent. Ten had 11.9 per cent of the audience behind ABC1’s 15.5 per cent.

Wednesday’s top 15 shows:

  1. Nine News Nine 1.19m
  2. Seven News Seven 1.152m
  3. Gruen Planet ABC1 1.023m
  4. A Current Affair Nine 977,000
  5. Today Tonight Seven 965,000
  6. 7.30 ABC1 942,000
  7. ABC News ABC1 898,000
  8. Home and Away Seven 889,000
  9. Slideshow Seven 868,000
  10. QI rpt ABC1 840,000
  11. Big Brother Nine 805,000
  12. The Hamster Decides ABC1 803,000
  13. Big Brother Confidential Nine 800,000
  14. ABC News ABC1 730,000
  15. Malcolm Naden: Australia’s Most Hunted 709,000

Wednesday’s share:

  • Seven 21.0%
  • Nine 18.6%
  • ABC1 15.5%
  • TEN 11.9%
  • 7mate 5.1%
  • Gem 3.8%
  • SBS ONE 3.8%
  • 7TWO 3.7%
  • ELEVEN 3.5%
  • GO! 3.3%
  • ABC2 3.2%
  • ONE 2.9%
  • ABC News 24 1.5%
  • SBS 2 1.1%
  • ABC3 0.9%
  • NITV 0.0%

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2013. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM.

Megan Reynolds


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