Seven’s audience share dips to 14.8 as Beauty and the Geek falls again

Thursday saw another depressed night in TV ratings with no show breaking the 900,000 viewers mark with reality show Beauty and the Geek tumbling to 496,000 viewers from 533,000 last week according to OzTam overnight metro ratings.

Whilst the dating show did rise to 528,000 for a second episode, the result saw Seven’s audience share drop to 14.8 per cent, however that was still enough to secure the biggest free-to-air broadcast second place behind Nine which had 17.9 per cent.

It was up against Kings Cross ER at 7.35pm on Nine, which had 726,000 viewers, and Big Brother which saw another slight audience decline at 8.35pm to 516,000.

The final episode of SBS One’s special event series First Contact was the 22nd most watched show with 399,000 viewers, up on the previous night’s 339,000, but down on the first night’s audience of 433,000.

Nine News won the news battle, and the night, with 892,000 viewers at 6pm, dipping to 875,000 at 6.30pm, whilst Seven News/Today Tonight at 6.30pm got 872,000 and the 6pm bulletin had 845,000.

ABC’s comedies Upper Middle Bogan and It’s a Date on at 8.35pm and 9pm got 585,000 and 494,000 respectively, down  from last week, while Ten’s Madame Secretary also dropped marginally to 532,000 at 8.30pm.

Home and Away was the most watched non-news show of the night with its hour long episode getting 784,000 viewers.

Thursday’s top 15 shows:

1 NINE NEWS Network 9 892,000

2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 875,000

3 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 872,000

4 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 845,000

5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 798,000

6 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 784,000

7 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 742,000

8 KINGS CROSS ER Network 9 726,000

9 7.30-EV Network ABC 684,000

10 CATALYST-EV Network ABC 642,000

11 ABC NEWS UPDATE-EV Network ABC 602,000

12 UPPER MIDDLE BOGAN-EV Network ABC 585,000

13 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 534,000

14 MADAM SECRETARY Network TEN 532,000


Channel audience share:

Network 9 17.9%

Network 7 14.8%

Network ABC 12.9%

Network TEN 12.7%

Network 7TWO 6.5%

Network SBS ONE 6.4%

Network 7mate 5.6%

Network GO! 5.0%

Network Gem 4.7%

Network ELEVEN 4.0%

Network ABC2 3.2%

Network ONE 2.7%

Network ABC News 24 1.4%

Network SBS 2 0.9%

Network ABC3 0.7%

Network NITV 0.4%

Total network share:

Network 9 TTL 27.6%

Network 7 TTL 26.9%

Network TEN TTL 19.5%

Network ABC TTL 18.2%

Network SBS TTL 7.8%

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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