Ratings for Monday September 28 2009
It was a big night last night with no less than five shows being fast tracked from the US making either their first or season return debuts as well as one Australian premiere in the Apprentice.
The much hyped FlashForward on Seven won the night with nearly 1.8 million tuning in and peaking at 2.1 million. The show obliterated the competition in the 8.30pm time slot with Nine’s Mentalist – also fast tracked for its season two return – coming second in the time slot but not even picking up a million viewers. It seems the lure of Flash Forward has taken much of the Mentalists audience away. As for the Vampire Diaries on GO at the same time, it did not even crack 100,000 for its first airing at 8.30. Its midnight encore managed 51,000 meaning a total of 147,000 wacthed it last night. Plus possibly many others who recorded the show.
The story would no doubt be different if the figures included recorded shows watched later. At our house for example, we recorded all three of them as we watched something else at 8.30. In many households, the decision would have been made as to watch one live and record the other. FlashForward clearly won. The new show will generally take precedence over one returning. No doubt the Mentalist would have been at 1.2 million like it used to get if recording was taken into account. This will in fact happen in the 2010 ratings year with time shifted and recorded shows being counted in to the main ratings reports.
At 9.30, Nine’s big hyped show for the week so far – the Apprentice Australia – essentially flopped taking only 692,000. The fact they also played it on GO at the same time would have killed the chance of picking up extra shares from the GO audience at that time. Meanwhile, over at Seven, the new fast tracked medical drama Mercy did surprisingly well with over a million tuning in.
Back to 8pm, and we see Sevens’ new factual hit Highway Patrol speed over fast tracked Two and a Half Men on Nine. At least the new episode of Men scored more than the repeats, but not by much. There are still repeats that do better than the new one did, but there was tough competition at the time. Then again, if Nine stick to playing ten episodes a week of the show, then viewers won’t be that fussed missing the new show knowing full well they’ll see it in repeats later on.
SBS’s Top Gear was third for the 7.30 – 8.30 hour, with ABC 4th and Rove’s 5th grader sinking further into oblivion. Time for expulsion? Good News Week did OK as always for Ten and would have saved the network from another embarrassing 4th place last night.
Overall, channel Seven easily won the night winning all time slots from 6pm. Nine was second, and Ten only just third above the ABC.
Who will win tonight? NCIS has returned in the US with massive ratings. Here, even repeats regularly rate well. Given the issues with Packed to the Rafters for the past two week, NCIS could come very close to the Rafters ratings or even exceed them. Unfortunately for Ten though, they would have to settle for second overall behind Seven as their 6pm – 8.30 Tuesday night line up is just too weak at the moment.
7.00 1 7 H&A. 2 9 2.5 Men. 3 ABC1 News
7.30 1 7 Border Security. 2 9 2.5 Men. 3 SBS1 Top Gear. 4 ABC1 7.30 Report. 5 10 5th Grader
8.00 1 7 Highway Patrol. 2 9 2.5 Men. 3 SBS1 Top Gear. 4 ABC1 Aus Story. 5 10 5th Grader
8.30 1 7 FlashForward. 2 9 Mentalist. 3 10 Good News Week. 4 ABC1 Four Corners
9.30 1 7 Mercy. 2 10 Good News Week. 3 9 Apprentice. 4 ABC1 Ashes to Ashes
10.00 1 7 Mercy. 2 9 Apprentice. 3 10 Little Britain USA. 4 ABC1 Ashes to Ashes
1 7 32.7%. 2 9-GO 25.3%. 3 10-ONE 18.2%. 4 ABC 16.2%. 5 SBS 7.6%
1 7 32.7%. 2 9 24.0%. 3 10 16.8%. 4 ABC1 14.9%. 5 SBS ONE 7.3%
6 ABC2 and GO 1.4%. 8 ONE 1.3%. 9 SBS TWO 0.3%
Top 30 Shows:
1 Flash Forward Seven 1,786,000
2 Highway Patrol Seven 1,571,000
3 Seven News Seven 1,539,000
4 Border Security-Australia’s Front Line-Mon Seven 1,480,000
5 Today Tonight Seven 1,434,000
6 Two And A Half Men-Ep2 8.00pm Fast Tracked Nine 1,312,000
7 Two And A Half Men-Ep1 7.30pm Nine 1,228,000
8 Home And Away Seven 1,227,000
9 Nine News Nine 1,188,000
10 Two And A Half Men 7pm -Rpt Nine 1,172,000
11 A Current Affair Nine 1,119,000
12 Mercy Seven 1,070,000
13 ABC News ABC1 1,053,000
14 The Mentalist Nine 988,000
15 Top Gear SBS ONE 883,000
16 Ten News At Five Ten 841,000
17 Australian Story ABC1 840,000
18 Good News Week Ten 828,000
19 Four Corners ABC1 814,000
20 Media Watch ABC1 782,000
21 7.30 Report ABC1 776,000
22 Neighbours Ten 752,000
23 Deal Or No Deal Seven 732,000
24 The Simpsons Ten 692,000
25 The Apprentice Australia Nine 692,000
26 Little Britain USA Mon Ten 680,000
27 The 7pm Project Ten 675,000
28 Hot Seat Nine 645,000
29 Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? Ten 606,000
30 Ashes To Ashes ABC1 531,000
A few others:
Nurse Jackie Mon Ten 396,000
Momma’s Boys Seven 388,000
Bizarre ER Nine 303,000
Style By Jury Seven 234,000
High Altitude SBS ONE 228,000
Junkyard Wars ABC2 125,000
Entourage SBS ONE 109,000
Vampire Diaries 96,000
Vampire Diaries repeat 12 midnight 51,000
Raw ratings figures sourced from TV Tonight and Media Spyand are Oztam 5 city metro figures. Timeslot order is some cases will may be based on average figures over a number of time slots. Timeslot order is only offered where there is enough data available to put at least 3 networks in order at the times listed and is not offered for Friday and Saturday nights due to the varying network coverage of AFL and NRL football and the resulting alternate programming in the opposing market. Timeslot order for times that pretty well never change will no longer be shown every day – that is, times from 5pm – 7pm Monday to Friday. Timeslot times may not reflect exact times that show air due to network lateness. Here, a show starting as late as 9.45 for example will be considered as the 9.30 timeslot, if 9.30 is the time it was advertised to air. Any odd times indicated such as 8.40 are as a result of observation on at least two networks. Network shares include all extra digital channels for each network. Week so far is the cumulative network share including extra digital channels from Sunday until the day of this report. A figure shown for an individual secondary digital channel such as GO or ONE is an overall percentage share out of total viewers. For example, 9 and GO might be 26.3% together but apart they would be for example 9 24.7% and GO 1.6%. When show not shown in all cities (top 30 list): S = Sydney, B= Brisbane, M = Melbourne, A = Adelaide, P = Perth. Feel free to leave comments and let us know what you think.