Missing Malaysian Airlines investigation wins timeslot for Seven as The Block records highest ever weeknight audience

A Channel Seven “news special” investigating the missing Malaysian Airlines flight was more popular than The Footy Show and ABC1 drama Janet King last night getting 797,000 metro viewers a 8.30pm according to OzTam.

The Block was the top program of the night with 1.328m people on Channel Nine from 7.41pm to 8.41pm, its biggest weeknight audience so far, preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam show.

Audiences dropped off for The Footy Show however, as Nine had 778,000 across the five cities, coming second in the timeslot behind the Seven News special. The Block, The Footy Show, and the Seven News Special were the top three programs in people 25-54.

ABC1 was third in the timeslot as its audience grew for Janet King, which had the same audience as The Checkout of 770,000. Janet King was also the most time-shifted show as it increased its audience of 757,000 last Thursday to 882,000 throughout the week watching recorded episodes.

The Checkout focused among other things on health supplement brand Swisse following claims made to Mumbrella over its labels and was third in its timeslot as Border Security had 791,000 on Seven from 8pm.

Meanwhile Channel Ten’s flagship reality show The Biggest Loser held 339,000 viewers from 7.30pm and was 22nd in all programs, behind The Bold and The Beautiful which averaged 412,000 for the network. Law and Order SVU was 17th for the night and fourth in its timeslot with 520,000 from 8.30pm on Ten. An encore screening of Secrets and Lies at 9.30pm got 238,000 viewers, not far off the 366,000 who watched Monday’s first run.

Seven won the most viewers in the evening news hour with 1.114m from 6pm and 988,000 from 6.30pm which includes Today Tonight in Adelaide and Perth, while Nine News had 904,000 for the first half hour and built to 936,000 for the second.

Seven also won the 7pm timeslot as Home and Away had 886,000 metro viewers and A Current Affair had 858,000.

Nine won the night with 25 per cent of the audience share as Seven had 20.9 per cent and Ten was fourth for the night with a 9.2 per cent audience share while ABC1 had 13.3 per cent.

Thursday’s top 15 shows:

  1. The Block: Fans v Faves Nine 1.328m
  2. Seven News Seven 1.114m
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 988,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 936,000
  5. Nine News Nine 904,000
  6. Home and Away Seven 886,000
  7. A Current Affair Nine 858,000
  8. ABC News ABC1 845,000
  9. ABC News ABC1 802,000 2
  10. Seven News Special: The Mystery of Flight MH370 Seven 797,000
  11. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line Seven 791,000
  12. The Footy Show Nine 778,000
  13. Janet King ABC1 770,000
  14. The Checkout ABC1 770,000
  15. 7.30 ABC1 752,000

Thursday’s share:

  • Nine 25.0%
  • Seven 20.9%
  • ABC1 13.3%
  • TEN 9.2%
  • 7mate 4.8%
  • 7TWO 4.2%
  • SBS ONE 4.0%
  • GO! 4.0%
  • Gem 3.2%
  • ELEVEN 3.2%
  • ABC2 2.9%
  • ONE 2.1%
  • ABC News 24 1.5%
  • ABC3 1.0%
  • SBS 2 0.8%
  • NITV 0.2%

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.


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