The ABC has lifted its sagging mid-week performance thanks to a strong debut from Utopia, the new office politics mockumentary from Rob Sitch and the Working Dog team.
Utopia attracted an average 778,000 viewers across all capital cities, propelling the ABC to a 13 per cent audience share, its best for the year.
Complementing Utopia in back-to-back launches was Reality Check, the Tom Ballard-hosted show looking behind the scenes of reality TV. Reality Check drew 559,000 viewers and an 11 per cent audience share.
The ABC has struggled to compete on Wednesday evenings since the popular Gruen Transfer closed its doors. (Gruen Planet and Gruen Nation drew an average audience of 1.2 million across the five major cities last year.)
"We’re delighted with how well both Utopia and Reality Check have been received – by critics and audiences," said ABC programming boss Brendan Dahill. "It's a terrific start and we look forward to seeing how they track over the coming weeks."
After Nine and Seven’s news bulletins, The Block Glasshouse was the most watched program of the night. Nine won the night overall with a 21.1 per cent audience share, scraping in ahead of Seven with 20.9 per cent.
Preliminary OzTAM Ratings:
1. Nine News, Nine - 1,171,000
2. Seven News, Seven - 1,084,000
3. Nine News 6.30, Nine - 1,069,000
4. The Block Glasshouse, Nine - 1,024,000
5. A Current Affair, Nine - 987,000
6. Seven News/Today Tonight, Seven - 987,000
7. Border Security: Australia's Front Line, Seven - 975,000
8. The Force: Behind The Line, Seven - 958,000
9. Home And Away, Seven - 864,000
10. Criminal Minds, Seven - 837,000
11. ABC News, ABC - 792,000
12. Utopia, ABC - 778,000
13. The Project, 7pm Ten - 705,000
14. The Bachelor Australia, Ten - 683,000
15. 7.30, ABC - 683,000
16. Criminal Minds (R), Seven - 677,000
17. Ten Eyewitness News, Ten - 642,000
18. Hot Seat, Nine - 631,000
19. QI, ABC - 631,000
20. Family Feud, Ten 630,000