Nine’s The Hotplate gets best audience yet and steals the buzz from Ten’s Spelling Bee launch

A strong launch for Ten’s The Great Australian Spelling Bee was not quite enough to beat a resurgent The Hotplate in the audience ratings last night.

Grant Denyer and Chrissie Swann are hosting Ten's spelling competition

Grant Denyer and Chrissie Swann are hosting Ten’s spelling competition

The Channel Ten show debuted with an audience of 921,000 at 7.30pm, but it was not enough to beat Channel 9’s latest cooking show which picked up its highest ratings yet with 944,000 viewers, up on its debut of 784,000 last Tuesday, according to OzTam’s overnight metro ratings.

Channel 7’s cookery offering Restuaruant Revloution – Grand Opening continued to struggle and only just held on in the Top 20 with 522,000 viewers in the same timeslot.

Seven is starting court action against Nine today claiming The Hotplate is a copy of its My Kitchen Rules Format.

According to the demographics figures, Spelling Bee topped the rankings with the 16-39 and 18-49 audiences, while The Hotplate was top for people aged 25-54.

Nine News at 6pm topped the ratings with 1,236,000, which fell to 1,217,000 at 6.30pm. Seven News at 6pm came in with 1,062,000, while its 6.30pm bulletin and Today Tonight combined offering had 1.04m viewers.

Have You Been Paying Attention at 9pm held relatively steady for Ten with 661,000, after picking up 653,000 on the back of the Masterchef finale last week with a late showing.

However Nine’s Lip Synch Battle has continued to slip in the absence of a strong lead in from The Voice getting 431,000 at 8.45pm. Seven’s The Blacklist at 9.40pm had 356,000 viewers, down from 362,000 last week, although both episodes of the show were the most time-shifted from last Tuesday night adding 201,000 for episode 2 and 199,000 for the first episode.

ABC’s 8pm documentary Australian Story – Being Bradman was the channel’s top rating programme outside of news with 776,000.

Nine’s overall audience share of 25 per cent won on the night, just ahead of Sevens share of 24.5 per cent and Ten’s 21.9 per cent.

Top 15 shows:

NINE NEWS Network 9 1,236,000

2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,217,000

3 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,062,000

4 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 1,059,000

5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 1,040,000

6 THE HOTPLATE -MON Network 9 944,000


8 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 879,000

9 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 793,000

10 MEDIA WATCH-EV Network ABC 779,000

11 AUSTRALIAN STORY-EV Network ABC 776,000

12 7.30-EV Network ABC 753,000

13 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 744,000

14 FOUR CORNERS-EV Network ABC 698,000

15 Q&A-LE Network ABC 676,000

Channel audience share:

Network 9 18.3%

Network TEN 16.4%

Network ABC 16.0%

Network 7 15.6%

Network SBS ONE 5.4%

Network 7TWO 5.0%

Network ABC2 4.0%

Network 7mate 3.9%

Network GO! 3.8%

Network Gem 2.8%

Network ONE 2.8%

Network ELEVEN 2.7%

Network SBS 2 1.4%

Network ABC News 24 1.1%

Network ABC3 0.7%

Network NITV 0.1%

Total Network share:

Network 9 TTL 25.0%

Network 7 TTL 24.5%

Network TEN TTL 21.9%

Network ABC TTL 21.8%

Network SBS TTL 6.8%

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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