ABC sees audiences desert Utopia and Reality Check as Ten pulls bigger audience share

 Ten’s Wonderland largely maintained its second season debut audience, boosting it slightly from last week’s 519,000 to 532,000, overnight OzTam TV ratings show.

Meanwhile reality dating TV show The Bachelor continues to shed viewers, it was watched by 640,000 viewers compared to last week’s 683,000. However, it did help Ten beat the ABC in terms of audience share with Ten grabbing a share of 12.6 per cent compared to the ABC’s 10.6 per cent share. The Bachelor is the second most watched show across the younger demographics (people 16 – 39 and people 18 – 49).

The ABC saw its share fall on the back of substantial ratings declines for new comedy show Utopia at 8.30pm, which lost 180,000 viewers pulling 597,000, whilst the second episode of Reality Check which looks at the week in reality TV and is hosted by Tom Ballard also struggled, only drawing a metro audience of 392,000, down from 559,000 on its debut last week. However Utopia was the most time-shifted show of last Wednesday getting an extra 162,000 viewers taking its total audience to 940,000.

Nine’s The Block Glasshouse was the most watched entertainment show for the night drawing an audience of 1.056m however that wasn’t enough for the channel to secure a win, with Seven beating Nine’s share of 20.4 per cent with a share of 21.6 per cent. The Block was the most watched show across all demographics.

In Sydney and Melbourne Nine beat Seven with a share of 23.8 per cent compared to Seven’s 22.4 per cent in Sydney and a share of 21.1 per cent in Melbourne compared to Seven’s 18.9 per cent. Nine struggled in Adelaide and Perth, with a shares of 14.6 per cent and and 15.5 per cent.

Seven’s The Force – Behind the Line was the channel’s most watched entertainment program, drawing a metro audience of 1.01m compared to last week’s audience of 958,000. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line, airing at 7.30pm directly before The Force, was watched by 905,000. A double billing of Criminal Minds also did well, with the first episode drawing a metro audience of  879,000 and the second 665,000.

In the news battleground, Nine continues to dominate with an audience of 1.124m from 6pm and maintaining an audience of 1.102 in its second half hour. Seven News at 6pm was watched by 1.045m, with the audience dropping away to 991,000 in the second half hour or Today Tonight.

ABC News was the ABC’s most watched program of the night with a metro audience of 742,000.

Top 15 shows:

  1. Nine News Nine 1.124m
  2. Nine News 6:30 Nine 1.102m
  3. The Block Glasshouse Nine 1.056m
  4. Seven News Seven 1.045m
  5. A Current Affair Nine 1.036m
  6. The Force – Behind the Line Seven 1.01m
  7. Seven News/Today Tonight Seven 991,000
  8. Home and Away Seven 906,000
  9. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line Seven 905,000
  10. Criminal Minds Seven 879,000
  11. ABC News ABC1 742,000
  12. Family Feud Ten 681,000
  13. Criminal Minds (R) Seven 665,000
  14. The Project 7PM Ten 649,000
  15. The Bachelor Australia Ten 640,000

Wednesday’s share:

  • Seven 21.6%
  • Nine 20.4%
  • TEN 12.6%
  • ABC1 10.6%
  • 7TWO 5.3%
  • ELEVEN 4.7%
  • 7mate 4.5%
  • SBS ONE 4.1%
  • GO! 4.2%
  • Gem 3.5%
  • ONE 3.2%
  • ABC2 2.6%
  • ABC3 1.0%
  • ABC News 24 1.0%
  • SBS 2 0.6%
  • NITV 0.1%
  • SBS TTL 4.8%

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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