Ten’s share slips to 7.7% on Saturday night

Ten’s Saturday night difficulties have continued during the non-ratings period, with the channel nabbing just 7.7% of the audience on Saturday night, placing it well behind the ABC (15.5%), Nine (14.7%), Seven (16.7%) and even SBS (8.4%).

Its most-watched program was 10 News First, with 242,000 metro viewers, while in entertainment, a repeat of the 1992 film Sister Act had 174,000.

Ten struggles on Saturday nights

Ten has struggled with both its programming and ratings on Saturday nights, which promoted it to do an experiment with Rove McManus earlier this year.

Saturday Night Rove was commissioned after its Pilot Week episode – Bring Back Saturday Night – brought in 203,000 metro viewers.

Its first episode in 2019 had 244,000 metro viewers, but episode two tumbled to just 138,000 overnight metro viewers.

This culminated in the decision to axe the show, with Ten returning to relying on old movies to fill the void.

Elsewhere on Saturday evening, Seven News was the most-watched program with 696,000 metro viewers, while Nine News had 579,000. In entertainment, a repeat of Vera on the ABC had 460,000, and a repeat of Doc Martin had 266,000.

The most popular multi-channel was Nine’s Go with 6.9%, helping it to push ahead of Seven on a network basis. Nine Network won the night with 28,8%, ahead of Seven’s 24.3%, ABC’s 21.1%, Ten’s 13.9% and SBS’ 11.9%.


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