Safran’s audience drops while Seven continues ratings run

Wednesday night saw Channel Seven win its fourth night in a row this week while John Safran’s controversial Race Relations documentary saw a drop in viewer numbers.   

News, current affairs and Australian reality shows won the night for Seven, which have also fared well all week.

Its 6pm news bulletin was the most-watched show with 1.4m viewers, according to preliminary OzTam data.

On the ABC, the second episode of John Safran’s Race Relations – where he disguised himself as a black man and interviewed members of America’s black community – saw a drop in audience to 671,000 from 706,000 last week. A spokesman told Mumbrella the station had received 28 phone and 65 written complaints following the premiere episode last Wednesday where Safran was filmed sniffing women’s underpants and masturbating over a photo of Barack Obama. At the time of writing, the ABC had not received any complaints about last night’s episode.

Channel Nine’s daily scheduling of Two And A Half Men continues to prevail with the 7:30 repeat episode ranked as the fifth most watched show last night with just over 1.2m viewers. Money for Jam followed at 8pm but slipped in viewer numbers down to 834,000.

Wednesday channel share:

  • Seven: 28.7%
  • Nine: 24.1%
  • Ten: 21.9%
  • ABC1: 15.7%
  • SBS1: 3.7%
  • GO!: 2.5%
  • ABC2: 2.1%
  • ONE: 1.1%
  • SBS2: 0.2%

Top 15 most watched shows:

  1. Seven News – Seven 1.4m
  2. Border Security – Seven 1.4m
  3. Today Tonight – Seven 1.3m
  4. Medical Emergency – Seven 1.3m
  5. Two and a Half Men – 7:30pm – Nine 1.2m
  6. City Homicide – Seven 1.2m
  7. Two and a Half Men – 7:00pm – Nine 1.2m
  8. Celebrity Masterchef – Ten 1.1m
  9. Home and Away – Seven 1.1m
  10. Spicks and Specks – ABC 1.1m
  11. A Current Affair – Nine 1.1m
  12. NCIS: Los Angeles – Ten 1.1m
  13. Nine News – Nine 1.1m
  14. ABC News – ABC 1m
  15. RPA: Where Are They Now? – Nine 0.872m

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