Saturday Night Rove brings in 244,000 metro viewers for Ten

Rove McManus’ bid to get consumers back in front of the television screen on a Saturday night has brought in 244,000 metro viewers, and 352,000 across the country. This was a slight bump from when the show, then titled Bring Back Saturday Night, had its first outing during Ten’s Pilot Week last year, and drew in 203,000 metro viewers.

Ten’s Saturday night offering left it with a 6.4% primary channel share, below that of the ABC, which had 9.0%. It was also below Nine’s multi-channel Gem, which soared to 9.4% thanks to The Ashes, and dangerously close to Seven’s 7Mate, which finished the night on 6.3%.

In the metro markets, session one of day three of the Third Ashes Test proved most popular, with 750,000 metro viewers and 1.067m nationally. The Ashes screened on Gem in Sydney and Brisbane. It was on the primary channel in Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.

Session two had a metro total of 575,000, and a national total of 768,000.

Even though The Ashes screened on Gem in Sydney, 183,000 tuned in for session one, and 110,000 for session two.

Nine’s primary channel offering in Sydney of the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Sydney Roosters had less than session one of The Ashes with 114,000.

In Brisbane, The Ashes also screened on Gem to 125,000 for session one, and 75,000 for session two. On the primary channel in Brisbane, 58,000 watched the NRL.

The NRL’s total across the five capital cities was 189,000. With the addition of regional viewers, it had a total of 303,000.

The much-later session three of The Ashes had 107,000 metro viewers, and 164,000 in total.

Seven’s prime-time AFL offering had 440,000 in the metro markets, and 572,000 nationally.

In Melbourne, the Hawthorn Hawkes vs the West Coast Eagles had primary channel treatment, and brought in 198,000, but in the home town of the West Coast Eagles, Perth, it screened on 7Mate to 151,000. 58,000 watched the same match on the primary channel in Adelaide.

A different match went to air on 7Mate in Brisbane, with 10,000 viewers watching the Gold Coast Suns take on the Greater Western Sydney Giants. And despite featuring a Sydney team, the GWS Giants vs Gold Coast Suns match went to air on 7Mate in Sydney to 23,000.

Seven’s alternative offering – which screened on either Seven or 7Mate, depending on where the AFL was showing – was the 1993 Robin Williams movie Mrs Doubtfire. It had 329,000 metro viewers – beating Saturday Night Rove – and 502,000 nationally. It was most popular in Sydney where it had 137,000.

The ABC’s prime-time offering of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None also beat Saturday Night Rove, with 390,000 metro viewers, and 598,000 in total.

Nine won the night overall with a 22.1% audience share, and a 38.0% share for the network. Seven placed second on 18.7% and 31.1%. The ABC’s 9.0% and 13.1% had it in third place, ahead of Ten’s 6.4% and 11.0%.

SBS’ most-watched program was Inside North Korea’s Dynasty, which had 172,000 metro viewers and 244,000 in total. Its primary channel had 4.4% and the network finished on 6.8%.


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