Ten’s Wonderland and Extant shed viewers as ABC’s Utopia and Reality Check claw back audiences

Ten enjoyed mixed fortunes last night, with its two drama offerings shedding viewers while reality dating show The Bachelor boosted its viewing on the back of promotions revealing one bachelorette asking to be let go in the rose ceremony.

Locally made drama Wonderland saw its audience drop from 532,000 to a series low of 501,000 while US drama series Extant, which stars Halle Berry, saw its audience plummet to 189,000 viewers, overnight OzTam metro TV ratings show.

Extant, which launched in a Sunday 8.30pm timeslot now airs at 9.40pm on a Wednesday night, and was last night beaten by two repeat episodes of The Simpsons at 9.30pm and 10pm (196,000 and 198,000 respectively) on sister digital channel Eleven. Last week’s episode of the show was watched by an extra 156,000 taking its total viewers to 384,000.

The Bachelor was the channel’s most watched program, with the show drawing an audience of 718,000 up from last week’s 640,000 and was the second most watched show across all demographics.

The second half hour of The Project at 7PM also did well for the channel, with 659,000 tuning in.

Family Feud, which is simulcast across Ten, One and Eleven, continues to attract a solid audience, with 639,000 tuning in for the game show. However, it is down on last Wednesday night’s audience of 681,000.

ABC’s comedy show Utopia and panel show Reality Check turned its ratings story around with Utopia boosting its audience from 597,000 to 663,000 after seeing a large drop off last week. An extra 126,000 watched last week’s episode of Utopia on catch up taking its total audience to 717,000.

Reality Check, hosted by Tom Ballard, which looks at the week in reality TV drew a metro audience of 427,000, up on its 392,000 audience of last week but still below its debut audience of 559,000. 

It wasn’t enough for the channel to beat Ten’s share of 13.1 per cent, with the ABC grabbing an audience share of 10.9 per cent.

In the news battleground, Nine News returned as the winner with a metro audience of 1.109m tuning in for the first half hour. It was the most watched show of the night, with 1.069m watching the second half of the news hour.

Seven News was watched by 1.074m, only experiencing a minor drop off in the second half hour with 1.070m watching Today Tonight or the second half hour of the news.

The Block Glasshouse was the most popular entertainment program for Wednesday night, drawing an audience of 1.066m. The success of the news and The Block helped Nine win the night with a share of 20.8 per cent while Seven nips at the channels heels with a share of 20.1 per cent. The Block was the most watched show across all demographics.

Sydney and Brisbane enjoyed a second episode of The Block due to Seven broadcasting the NRL in the cities tonight. The episode was watched by 450,000.

Seven’s Border Security – Australia’s Front Line, airing at 7.30pm, was watched by 860,000 with audiences growing slightly at 8pm for The Force – Behind the Line which drew 875,000. Numbers dropped slightly at 8.30pm for Criminal Minds which was watched by 726,000.

Top 15 shows:

  1. Nine News Nine 1.109m
  2. Seven News 1.074m
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight 1.070m
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 1.069m
  5. The Block Glasshouse Nine 1.066m
  6. A Current Affair Nine 1.007m
  7. Home and Away Seven 881,000
  8. The Force – Behind the Line Seven 875,000
  9. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line Seven 860,000
  10. ABC News ABC1 778,000
  11. Criminal Minds Seven 726,000
  12. The Bachelor Ten 718,000
  13. Utopia ABC1 663,000
  14. The Project 7PM Ten 659,000
  15. Family Feud Ten 639,000

Wednesday’s share:

  • Nine 20.8%
  • Seven 20.1%
  • TEN 13.1%
  • ABC1 10.9%
  • 7TWO 5.9%
  • 7mate 5.1%
  • GO! 4.7%
  • SBS ONE 4.0
  • ELEVEN 3.8%
  • Gem 3.2%
  • ABC2 3.0%
  • ONE 2.6%
  • ABC News 24 1.3%
  • ABC3 0.7%
  • SBS 2 0.7%
  • NITV 0.1%

Data copyright of OzTAM Pty Limited 2014. 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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