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National Ratings week beginning Sunday 19 March 2017 - Tuesday update

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David Tiley

SBS runs a train doc which beats Biggest Loser, Bully and Todd Sampson.
National Ratings week beginning Sunday 19 March 2017 - Tuesday update

Spanish refugees from an earlier horror, which rhymes with today. Image: Great Continental Railway Journeys, end of series one which starts in Barcelona.

This article accumulates to provide a complete snapshot of the week from Sunday to Thursday, the nights which showcase first-run Australian drama and documentaries. We carry the full national figures rather than the five cities because they are muc higher though they are later in the day.  Where possible we compare the performance of each show in each slot with the previous week, which is the best way of tracking longer term performance. 

Tuesday 21 March 2017

ScreenHub is ready to hyperventilate on the ABC's behalf. In the five cities, part two of the Bully project did less than 327,000 in the five cities, down from 387,000 for part one. It was beaten by SBS's Great Continental Railway Journeys, admittedly in the 7.30 slot. The same can be said for Todd Sampson's Life on the Line. He does better on Ten. 

However, purists can take some comfort for the Biggest Loser figures. It dropped from 450 in the cities to - yes, its the same tarpit - 327,000. 

In those same capitals Nine's holiday show Travel Guides beat Seven's key drama 800 Words, though that was handily reversed when those wise rural audiences were plugged into the national figures. 

Metropolitan and Regional Combined Programme Rankings - brackets are same slot last week

1. Married At First Sight Nine 1.700 - (1.619)

2. Seven News Seven 1.633 - (1.599) 

3. My Kitchen Rules Seven 1.618 - (1.510)

4. Seven News – Today Tonight Seven 1.515 - (1.447)

5. Home and Away Seven 1.281 - (1.242)

6. A Current Affair Nine 1.166 - (1.216)

7. 800 Words Seven 1.156 - (1.008)

8. ABC News ABC 1.092 - (1.074)

9. The Chase Seven 1.035 - (0.993)

10. Nine News – 6:30 Nine 1.030 - (1.012)*

11. Nine News Nine 1.011 - (1.029)*

12. Travel Guides Nine 0.995 - (0.935)

13. 7:30 ABC 0.764 - (0.769)

14. The Project – 7:00 Ten 0.732 - (0.796)

15. Ten News Ten 0.715 

*Nine News figures are five cities rather than national. 

Network Nightly Shares  

Seven: 31.7% - (29.6)

Nine: 31.2% - (30.9)

Ten: 17.2% - (18.0)

ABC: 13.6% - (14.9)

SBS: 6.2% - (6.7)

Share data for ABC, 7, 9, 10 and SBS represent network (aggregate) figures: they include all viewing to the broadcasters' primary channel as well as SD and HD channels. All Oztam Data. Live and as As-Live. Copyright of the Data is owned by OzTAM. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM.

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Monday 20 March 2017

NOTE - these are only the metropolitan figures. 

The ABC Four Corners about climate change was down to 468,000, one hundred thousand down on last week about poverty in the US. 

The absence of I'm a Celebrity keeps  Ten in the mud and creates a new top fifteen lineup. The ABC is up on Australian story. An extra 97,000 for Househusbands will be gratefully received. 

Nine benefits mightily from Ten's fugitives.

 Metropolitan Programme Rankings - brackets are same slot last week

1. Married At First Sight Nine 1.​239 - (1.060)

2. My Kitchen Rules Seven 1.072 - (0.968)

3. Seven News Seven 0.975 - (1.021)

4. Nine News – 6:30 Nine 0.967 - (0.921)

5. A Current Affair Nine 0.961 - (0.868)

6. Seven News – Today Tonight Seven 0.930 - (0.982)

7. Nine News Nine 0.921 - (0.998)

8. Home and Away Seven 0.723 - (0,727)

9. ABC News ABC 0.697 - (0.774)

10. House Husbands Nine 0.686 - (0.599)

11. The Chase Seven 0.597 - (0.593)

12. Australian Story ABC 0.590 - (0.521)

13. 7:30 ABC 0.589 - (0.623)

14. The Project – 7:00 Ten 0.548 - (0.676)

15. Media Watch ABC 0.511 - (0.612)

Network Nightly Shares

Nine: 32.3% - (27.0)

Seven: 30.6% - (30.1)

ABC: 17.4% - (17.2)

Ten: 14.0% - (19.9)

SBS: 5.7% - (5.8)

Share data for ABC, 7, 9, 10 and SBS represent network (aggregate) figures: they include all viewing to the broadcasters' primary channel as well as SD and HD channels. All Oztam Data. Live and as As-Live. Copyright of the Data is owned by OzTAM. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM 

Sunday 19 March 2017

MKR is about feeding people, the Biggest Loser is about starving people and Married at First Sight is the wedding that everyone wants to be thin for. 

Even with Fiona Falkiner providing some sanity as a host who is not thin as a well-chewed pencil (remember them?), The Biggest Loser has truly lost its audience. The other networks do nothing and scoop up the numbers, though Nine nips ahead of Seven as Married at First Sight approaches Peak Prurience. 

And the ABC's Sunday night is now so repetitive even programmers must think they live in Groundhog Day.

Metropolitan and Regional Combined Programme Rankings - brackets are same slot last week

1. Married At First Sight Nine 1.692 - (1.610)

2. Seven News Seven 1.567 - (1.488)

3. My Kitchen Rules Seven 1.476 - (1.370)

4. Vera ABC 1.238 - (1.183)

5. ABC News ABC 1.162 - (1.098)

6. Grand Designs ABC 1.109 - (1.051)

7. Sunday Night Seven 1.081 - (1.250)

8. Nine News Nine 0.999 - (1.011)*

9. 60 Minutes Nine 0.963 - (0.908)

10. Bull Ten 0.554 - (0.713)

11. Weekend Sunrise Seven 0.522 

12. NRL: Sunday Afternoon Football Nine 0.501

13. Lethal Weapon Nine 0.500 

14. Bondi Rescue Ten 0.474 - (0.530)

15. Seven News at 5 Seven 0.461 

*Nine News is only the five cities figure.

Network Nightly Shares

Nine: 31.2% - (29.5)

Seven: 30.1% - (30.3)

ABC: 19.5% - (17.7)

Ten: 12.9% - (17.0)

SBS: 6.2% - (5.5)

Share data for ABC, 7, 9, 10 and SBS represent network (aggregate) figures: they include all viewing to the broadcasters' primary channel as well as SD and HD channels. All Oztam Data. Live and as As-Live. Copyright of the Data is owned by OzTAM. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM. 


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David Tiley is the editor of Screen Hub.

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