Seven’s comedy schedule tweak doesn’t stop the ratings rot

Seven’s decision to move TV Burp ahead of Double Take failed to improve the two comedy shows’  audience on Thursday night.  

TV Burp delivered ratings of 751,000 in its new slot, according to preliminary data from OzTam – down on last week’s 774,000. This came despite Deal Or No Deal’s Andrew O’Keefe being pulled in to give assistance with a song and dance number.

Double Take fell too, from last week’s 832,000 to 724,000.

However, the two shows were not helped by inheriting a weak audience, with The Amazing Race pulling in only 949,000.

Meanwhile Ten’s Rush continued to perform well, with another 1.2m audience. But the time slot belonged to Bert Newton’s 20 to 01, pulling in 1.3m.

It was also a strong night in current affairs programmes, with Today Tonight’s investigation into the joys of working from home on Seven (1.3m) outrating Nine’s A Current Affair (1.2m).

And it was another poor night for Ten’s The 7PM Project, which slipped below 700,000, with an average audience of 697,000.

Nine easily won the night. Thursday evening’s TV viewing share: Nine 31%; Seven 25.1%; Ten 23.4%; ABC 14.7%; SBS 5.9%.

Thursday’s top rating TV shows:

  1. Seven News Seven 1.5m
  2. Getaway Nine 1.4m
  3. 20 to 1 Nine 1.3m
  4. Today Tonight Seven 1.3m
  5. Rush Ten 1.2m
  6. Home and Away Seven 1.2m
  7. Two and a Half Men Nine 1.2m
  8. A Current Affair Nine 1.2m
  9. Nine News Nine 1.1m
  10. ABC News ABC 1m

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