The truth about last night’s TV ratings – nothing happened

I try to write a TV ratings story every day.

Sometimes loads happens, and it’s quite exciting.

Sometimes, it’s not.  

But because television is still the biggest medium by advertising revenue – and also the most accountable thanks to its daily ratings – I feel duty bound to write something.

So let me tell you what happened in yesterday’s TV.

In the morning battle, Seven’s Sunrise beat Nine’s Today. As usual.

In the battle of the gameshows, it was extremely close between Nine’s Hot Seat and Seven’s Deal Or No Deal. As usual.

Seven News was most watched show of the day. As usual.

Today Tonight beat A Current Affair. As usual.

The X Factor did just over 1.1m viewers. As usual.

Ten’s Commonwealth Games coverage averaged well below 1m. As usual.

But combined with the simulcast on One, it rose to nearly 1m for individual races. As usual.

The least watched free channel was ABC News 24 with a 0.5% share. As usual.

(Mind you, there was one moment of excitement when the overnight OzTam data came in saying that Seven’s sci-fi offering The Event had only done 444,000. But it turned out there had been a coding error. It actually did a 946,000 in primetime.)

I’d like to say that tonight’s ratings will bring more drama. But here’s my prediction. Packed To The Rafters is the biggest show, Top Gear does okay and the Commonwealth Games has its moments.

If you hadn’t guessed, I’m quite looking forward to when the games are over and the TV networks start competing again.

Tim Burrowes

Mondays top shows

  1. Seven News Seven 1.515
  2. Today Tonight Seven 1.433
  3. Nine News Nine 1.201
  4. The X Factor Seven 1.182
  5. Home and Away Seven 1.113
  6. A Current Affair Nine 1.095
  7. Two and a Half Men – 7:00pm Nine 1.067
  8. ABC News ABC 1.022m
  9. Australian Story ABC 0.986m
  10. The Event Seven 0.947m
  11. Two and a Half Men – 7:30pm Nine 0.937m
  12. The 7:30 Report ABC 0.873m
  13. Ten News Ten 0.817m
  14. Four Corners ABC 0.774m
  15. Media Watch ABC 0.751m

Mondays channel share

  • ABC1: 15.3%
  • Seven: 24.1%
  • Nine: 20.7%
  • Ten: 14.7%
  • SBS1: 6.0%
  • ABC2: 1.7%
  • ABC3: 0.6%
  • ABC News 24: 0.5%
  • 7TWO: 2.5%
  • 7mate: 2.5%
  • GO!: 3.4%
  • Gem: 1.9%
  • One: 5.3%
  • SBS2: 0.8%

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