Ratings season is set to commence early February, and some of Australia’s most loved TV shows are returning to our screens just in time. As well as your favorites, there are also some fantastic new programs we are sure you are going to love.
Nine held 32% of viewers last night, with Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year Asia taking out the top spot with an audience of 1.455 million. Nine News and The Block Sky High followed closely behind with 1.409m and 1.393m viewers respectively.
Seven was a close second and had 27.3% of viewers with its special Secret Life of Dogs beating Masterchef in the 7:30 timeslot and taking 923,000 viewers. Seven News, Today Tonight, and Home & Away all maintained their usual places in the mid to tail end of the top 10.
Ten’s new live crime-solving show Wanted, hosted by Sandra Sully and Matt Doran, was absent from last night’s 20 highest rating programs, according to OzTam’s preliminary ratings. It took 518,000 viewers but couldn’t compete with the other networks in the popular Monday night viewing.Ten has said it’s confident that the show will be a long-term build, but lost out on last night’s 8:30pm timeslot to Seven’s Criminal Minds (820,000 viewers).
That said, Masterchef saw a rise to 824,000 viewers and the network had an overall audience share of 16.2%.
ABC saw an increase in ratings with the news its highest rating program at 959,000 viewers, and Australian Story just missing the top 10 at 854,000 viewers. 7.30, Media Watch and Four Corners had the last three places in the top 20 giving it an audience share of 18.9%.
SBS had 5.7% of audiences.
Channel Ten aired the second episode in the new series Offspring last night with audience figures slightly down from its season premiere last week (868,000 compared to 798,000). The premiere of Offspring comes after Channel Ten, known as a youth focused network signalled that it was now targeting the “young at heart” 25-54 year olds. This move was based on 16-39 and 18-49 year olds shifting their viewing habits from the primary stations to the secondary stations, such as Eleven.
Offspring fell just outside the top ten at number 12 with The Block Sky High the only non-news related program pulling over 1 million viewers (1.18 million) falling into third place. Channel Nine’s Arrow sat in sixth place last night with 968,000 viewers, followed by Seven’s House Rules with 951,000 viewers.
Overall the Nine Network won the night with a 30.4% share of audience, Channel Seven took 29%, the ABC won 19% and Channel Ten took 17.2%. SBS won 4.3%.