Strong debut for Denton’s Randling while Sacha Baron Cohen helps Today to breakfast win

denton randlingAndrew Denton’s TV return Randling debuted with an average metro audience of 859,000 on ABC1 last night, beating Nine’s The Apprentice and Ten’s Offspring.

However, Revenge dominated the night for Seven with an average audience of 1.33m, according to preliminary overnight figures from OzTam.

The word game-based Randling is produced by Denton’s Zapruder’s Other Films and created by Denton and Jon Casimir, who also created The Gruen Transfer together.

Celebrity Apprentice rated 841,000 for the challenge section, from 8pm, and 815,000 for the boardroom confrontation from 8.30pm. The hourlong Offspring rated 629,000.

ABC1 saw a falloff after Randling with the season return of Laid rating just 424,000.

Meanwhile, Today had a rare win over Sunrise, driven in part by Sacha Baron Cohen’s outrageous performance on the couch in character as The Dictator’s General Aladeen. Today rated 379,000 while Sunrise rated 372,000.

In mid evening, Australia’s Got Talent rated 1.301m for Seven while The Block rated 1.136m for Nine and The Biggest Loser rated 780,000 for Ten.

In the key advertiser demographic of 25-54, Revenge was top, followed by The Block, the AGT. Celeb Apprentice was 5th and 8th.

Wednesday’s top 15 shows, overall audience:

1. Revenge Seven 1.330m
2. Seven News Seven 1.315m
3. Australia’s Got Talent Seven 1.301m
4. Nine News Nine 1.202m
5. The Block Nine 1.136m
6. A Current Affair Nine 1.128m
7. Today Tonight Seven 1.108m
8. ABC News ABC 0.959m
9. Home and Away Seven 0.899m
10. Randling ABC 0.859m
11. The Celebrity Apprentice – Challenge Nine 0.841m
12. The Celebrity Apprentice – Boardroom Nine 0.815m
13. The Biggest Loser Ten 0.780m
14. Ten News Ten 0.753m
15. 7:30 ABC 0.668

Wednesday’s channel share:

Seven: 25.1%
Nine: 20.3%
Ten: 13.6%
ABC1: 11.3%
SBS1: 5.5%
7TWO: 4.0%
GO!: 3.7%
7mate: 3.5%
Eleven: 3.4%
ABC2: 2.7%
Gem: 2.4%
One: 1.9%
SBS2: 1.0%
ABC News 24: 0.8%
ABC3: 0.7%


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