The Chaser: Hamster Wheel bows out on season low

The Chaser: Hamster Wheel slumped to its lowest rating for the season in its final episode last night.

The news and political satire show rated 606,000 and was 17th in total viewers across the five city metro market, according to preliminary overnight ratings from OzTAM.

The finale is substantially down on last year’s finale, which rated 950,000. However last season’s final would have benefited from a strong lead in, the final episode ever of Spicks n Specks, which rated with 1.6m.

Across this season’s eight weeks, the show rated an average 750,000 preliminary ratings viewers, with a notable drop when the show’s lead-in program Gruen Planet finished in late October.

The Chaser: Hamster Wheel debuted this year rating 784,000, down on last year’s debut of 857,000.

Elsewhere Last night’s highest rating show was The Force – Behind the line, which rated 1.166m total viewers for Seven, followed by Highway Patrol 1.125m.

Seven also won the 8.30-9.30pm time slot with Dynamo: Magician Impossible, rating 768,000 total viewers. The program is the second magician show Seven has aired recently, with Australia’s Got Talent’s Cosentino getting his own special in September, which rated 1.28m total viewers.

Dynamo: Magician Impossible beat Nine’s Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, and Ten’s The Good Wife which rated 548,000 total viewers.

Also at 8.30pm was ABC1’s A Moody Christmas which improved on last week’s 592,000 to rate 616,000, followed by The Hamster Wheel.

Wednesday’s top TV shows:
1. The Force Seven 1.166
2. Highway Patrol Seven 1.125
3. Seven News Seven 1.109
4. ABC News ABC 0.992
5. Nine News Nine 0.986
6. Today Tonight Seven 0.965
7. Home and Away Seven 0.956
8. A Current Affair Nine 0.919
9. Dynamo: Magician Impossible Seven 0.768
10. 7:30 ABC 0.745
11. QI ABC 0.720
12. The Big Bang Theory Nine 0.685
13. Hot Property Nine 0.667
14. Big Fat Gypsy Weddings Nine 0.653
15. A Moody Christmas ABC 0.616

Wednesday’s channel share:
Seven: 22.9%
Nine: 17.8%
Ten: 13.7%
ABC1: 13.6%
SBS1: 4.1%
7mate: 4.1%
7TWO: 4.0%
Gem: 3.9%
GO!: 3.8%
Eleven: 3.4%
ABC2: 2.8%
One: 2.3%
SBS2: 1.5%
ABC3: 1.3%
ABC News 24: 0.8%

Ratings data is copyright OzTAM and may not be reproduced, published or communicated without the prior written consent of OzTAM.


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