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Channel Nine won its second week of the year, thanks to one show -- The Voice, but got dragged down later in the week by Celebrity Apprentice, aka Count The Facelifts. In the week ending April 28, the prime time audience shares went like this: Nine 22.2 per cent; Seven 17.6; all Pay TV 15.7; Ten 9.9; ABC1 9.9; SBS1 3.6; 7TWO 3.1; GO! 3.1; 7mate 2.5; Eleven 2.4; Gem 2.0; ONE 1.8; ABC2 2.0; ABCnews24 0.6; SBS2 0.6; ABC3 0.5.

And this is what Pay TV had to say for itself: "The NRL attracted the highest audience on FOX SPORTS 2 with ANZAC day matches Live: Dragons V Roosters (390,000) followed by Live: Storm V Warriors (351,000); and the AFL on FOX FOOTY also airing on ANZAC Day Live: Collingwood V Essendon (339,000). Grand Designs Australia on The LifeStyle Channel was back on top this week with 140,000/157,000*plus two hours viewers. FOX8’s top broadcasts were The Simpsons (105,000/115,000*), Family Guy (86,000/108,000*), American Idol (80,000/95,000*), Hart of Dixie (77,000/85,000*) and Futurama (71,000/88,000*). UKTV attracted viewers to Coronation Street (78,000/81,000*) and Eastenders (65,000/76,000*). Rounding out the top 10 non-sport broadcasts were Battle Los Angeles (73,000/98,000*) and Open Season 3 (66,000) on Cartoon Network. Year to date share of viewing is 55.7% in STV homes, 22.8% in metro and 18.5% in regional homes (6am-12mn)."

The hosts of Australia's Got Talent.

The other judges

What Australia watched, week ending April 28
Description    Total    Sydney    Melbourne    Brisbane    Adelaide    Perth
1    THE VOICE -SUN    Nine    2,704,000    944,000    752,000    505,000    256,000    246,000
2    THE VOICE -MON    Nine    2,522,000    794,000    862,000    439,000    202,000    225,000
3    THE VOICE -TUE    Nine    2,458,000    730,000    836,000    444,000    211,000    239,000
4    THE BIG BANG THEORY    Nine    1,623,000    502,000    484,000    309,000    127,000    201,000
5    BEACONSFIELD    Nine    1,621,000    530,000    555,000    213,000    171,000    151,000
6    AUSTRALIA'S GOT TALENT-WED    Seven    1,534,000    403,000    439,000    296,000    195,000    201,000
7    NINE NEWS SUNDAY    Nine    1,504,000    592,000    416,000    275,000    104,000    118,000
8    THE BLOCK -MON    Nine    1,440,000    410,000    522,000    287,000    98,000    123,000
9    SEVEN NEWS - SUN    Seven    1,409,000    311,000    405,000    278,000    194,000    221,000
10    THE BLOCK -TUE    Nine    1,345,000    368,000    477,000    262,000    108,000    130,000
11    SEVEN NEWS - SAT    Seven    1,298,000    297,000    282,000    366,000    158,000    194,000
12    SEVEN NEWS    Seven    1,277,000    310,000    350,000    277,000    143,000    197,000
13    THE BLOCK -WED    Nine    1,230,000    301,000    443,000    265,000    100,000    121,000
14    REVENGE    Seven    1,226,000    382,000    324,000    228,000    133,000    158,000
15    AUSTRALIA'S GOT TALENT-MON    Seven    1,225,000    357,000    306,000    233,000    155,000    174,000
16    PACKED TO THE RAFTERS    Seven    1,211,000    343,000    423,000    171,000    142,000    132,000
17    NINE NEWS    Nine    1,195,000    372,000    393,000    252,000    92,000    87,000
18    TODAY TONIGHT    Seven    1,180,000    308,000    329,000    231,000    137,000    176,000
19    NEW TRICKS    ABC1    1,145,000    296,000    345,000    228,000    107,000    170,000
20    NINE NEWS SATURDAY    Nine    1,129,000    310,000    361,000    269,000    90,000    99,000
21    THE BLOCK -THU    Nine    1,108,000    282,000    420,000    222,000    87,000    97,000
22    A CURRENT AFFAIR    Nine    1,052,000    321,000    367,000    202,000    78,000    84,000
23    BONES-WED    Seven    1,047,000    280,000    320,000    218,000    114,000    115,000
24    AUSTRALIA'S GOT TALENT-TUE    Seven    1,033,000    305,000    272,000    182,000    144,000    130,000
25    THE BLOCK -FRI    Nine    1,030,000    296,000    346,000    227,000    97,000    65,000
26    BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS    Seven    1,022,000    292,000    309,000    204,000    107,000    111,000
27    DANCING WITH THE STARS    Seven    1,006,000    269,000    299,000    195,000    101,000    142,000
28    ABC NEWS-SA    ABC1    1,001,000    274,000    290,000    206,000    89,000    141,000
29    HOME AND AWAY    Seven    965,000    285,000    254,000    197,000    115,000    113,000
30    ABC NEWS   ABC1    952,000    281,000    298,000    137,000    109,000    126,000
31    BONES    Seven    948,000    271,000    247,000    230,000    95,000    105,000
32    SEVEN'S AFL: ANZAC DAY FOOTBALL    Seven    925,000        678,000        127,000    121,000
33    2 BROKE GIRLS    Nine    915,000    294,000    264,000    176,000    78,000    104,000
34    THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE -WED BOARDROOM    Nine    869,000    254,000    261,000    151,000    76,000    127,000
35    ABC NEWS-SU    ABC1    866,000    251,000    291,000    120,000    82,000    121,000
36    THE BIGGEST LOSER (AUS) - CONTEST    Ten    846,000    240,000    249,000    181,000    66,000    110,000
37    THE BIGGEST LOSER (AUS) - CHALLENGE    Ten    835,000    235,000    259,000    129,000    88,000    123,000
38    MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES    ABC1    829,000    213,000    285,000    155,000    90,000    86,000
39    AUSTRALIA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS    Nine    812,000    255,000    225,000    176,000    84,000    71,000
40    THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE -THU CHALLENGE    Nine    799,000    234,000    282,000    123,000    70,000    90,000

 


Too many talent quests is never enough. Look at how Australia's Got Talent did on Wednesday night. But we draw the line at Celebrity Apprentice, because too many facelifts is just plain scary. To see how The Voice compares with the record-breakers, go to Australia's most watched TV shows of all time.

Jim Parsons' Sheldon dresses as Spock in The Big Bang Theory

Sheldon, the sociopath

 What Australia watched, Saturday
Description    Total    Sydney    Melbourne    Brisbane    Adelaide    Perth
1    SEVEN NEWS - SAT    Seven    1,298,000    297,000    282,000    366,000    158,000    194,000
2    NEW TRICKS    ABC1    1,145,000    296,000    345,000    228,000    107,000    170,000
3    NINE NEWS SATURDAY    Nine    1,129,000    310,000    361,000    269,000    90,000    99,000
4    ABC NEWS-SA    ABC1    1,001,000    274,000    290,000    206,000    89,000    141,000
5    AUSTRALIA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS    Nine    812,000    255,000    225,000    176,000    84,000    71,000
6    GARDENING AUSTRALIA    ABC1    687,000    170,000    206,000    170,000    70,000    71,000
7    WHITECHAPEL    ABC1    637,000    172,000    170,000    132,000    46,000    116,000
8    THE VOICE -ENCORE    Nine    583,000    181,000    178,000    117,000    70,000    38,000
9    TEN NEWS AT FIVE SAT    Ten    563,000    135,000    144,000    105,000    76,000    102,000
10    FIVE DAYS    ABC1    516,000    143,000    134,000    95,000    35,000    110,000
11    SEVEN'S AFL: SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL    Seven    515,000    Not shown    325,000    Not shown    88,000    102,000
12    GETAWAY    Nine    425,000    109,000    158,000    88,000    32,000    39,000
13    GOOD NEWS WEEK - THE FINAL FAREWELL TOUR    Ten    410,000    105,000    120,000    79,000    45,000    61,000
14    GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST    Nine    404,000    130,000    101,000    93,000    50,000    31,000

 

What Australia watched, Friday
Description    Friday    Sydney    Melbourne    Brisbane    Adelaide    Perth
1    SEVEN NEWS    Seven    1,126,000    274,000    314,000    250,000    124,000    165,000
2    NINE NEWS    Nine    1,038,000    315,000    363,000    202,000    83,000    75,000
3    THE BLOCK -FRI    Nine    1,030,000    296,000    346,000    227,000    97,000    65,000
4    TODAY TONIGHT    Seven    1,000,000    261,000    283,000    192,000    119,000    145,000
5    ABC NEWS    ABC1    851,000    281,000    265,000    145,000    81,000    79,000
6    A CURRENT AFFAIR    Nine    840,000    256,000    282,000    153,000    71,000    77,000
7    MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES    ABC1    829,000    213,000    285,000    155,000    90,000    86,000
8    SEVEN'S AFL: FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL    Seven    706,000    Not shown    410,000    Not shown    105,000    190,000
11    QI    ABC1    675,000    186,000    222,000    127,000    67,000    72,000
19    NINE'S FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL    Nine    465,000    331,000    Not shown    134,000    Not shown    Not shown
24    YOUNG TALENT TIME    Ten    342,000    99,000    94,000    81,000    40,000    29,000

The cast of 30 Rock.

30 Rock now 11.15 Mondays

 

What Australia watched, Thursday

Description Total Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth

1 SEVEN NEWS Seven 1,207,000 308,000 312,000 269,000 124,000 194,000
2 NINE NEWS Nine 1,162,000 347,000 401,000 240,000 81,000 93,000
3 THE BLOCK -THU Nine 1,109,000 282,000 421,000 222,000 88,000 97,000
4 TODAY TONIGHT Seven 1,103,000 278,000 314,000 233,000 130,000 148,000
5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 1,005,000 316,000 355,000 185,000 63,000 85,000
6 THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE -THU BOARDROOM Nine 917,000 272,000 301,000 138,000 97,000 110,000
7 ABC NEWS ABC1 906,000 273,000 279,000 122,000 107,000 125,000
8 HOME AND AWAY Seven 885,000 267,000 231,000 200,000 91,000 96,000
9 THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE -THU CHALLENGE Nine 783,000 234,000 267,000 123,000 70,000 90,000
10 THE FOOTY SHOW Nine 758,000 177,000 346,000 78,000 86,000 70,000
12 THE BIGGEST LOSER (AUS) - THURS Ten 665,000 181,000 233,000 106,000 64,000 80,000
14 GREY'S ANATOMY Seven 644,000 175,000 237,000 119,000 69,000 44,000
16 I CAN CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT CLIMATE ABC1 620,000 212,000 160,000 122,000 67,000 59,000
17 GLEE Ten 614,000 174,000 185,000 113,000 67,000 75,000
18 Q&A: THE CLIMATE DEBATE ABC1 609,000 203,000 162,000 114,000 74,000 55,000
29 HOW TO COOK LIKE CHARLTON HESTON SBS ONE 390,000 122,000 104,000 62,000 34,000 68,000
31 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Seven 351,000 132,000 94,000 60,000 41,000 25,000
35 CHARLTON'S FISHY FEAST RPT SBS ONE 301,000 91,000 83,000 55,000 30,000 43,000

Stalking terrorists...Keifer Sutherland as Jack Bauer.

Touch did not connect

What Australia watched, Wednesday
Description    Total    Sydney    Melbourne    Brisbane    Adelaide    Perth
1    AUSTRALIA'S GOT TALENT-WED    Seven    1,537,000    403,000    439,000    296,000    196,000    202,000
2    SEVEN NEWS    Seven    1,511,000    342,000    467,000    310,000    158,000    233,000
3    TODAY TONIGHT    Seven    1,346,000    322,000    419,000    258,000    136,000    212,000
4    NINE NEWS    Nine    1,329,000    449,000    400,000    285,000    96,000    99,000
5    THE BLOCK -WED    Nine    1,218,000    300,000    441,000    262,000    99,000    116,000
6    A CURRENT AFFAIR    Nine    1,137,000    347,000    397,000    210,000    85,000    98,000
7    BONES    Seven    1,056,000    281,000    323,000    219,000    115,000    118,000
8    HOME AND AWAY    Seven    1,049,000    283,000    292,000    202,000    120,000    151,000
11    THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE -WED BOARDROOM    Nine    858,000    252,000    259,000    151,000    75,000    121,000
15    OFFSPRING    Ten    759,000    199,000    238,000    135,000    80,000    108,000
18    ANZAC DAY MARCH-AM    ABC1    626,000    247,000    162,000    110,000    69,000    38,000
23    THE GOOD WIFE    Ten    516,000    174,000    156,000    89,000    36,000    62,000
35    TITANIC    Seven    316,000    66,000    117,000    49,000    44,000    40,000
58    GALLIPOLI MEMORIAL SERVICE-PM    ABC1    214,000    93,000    52,000    34,000    17,000    19,000
76    VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL SERVICE 2012-PM    ABC1    183,000    87,000    46,000    20,000    17,000    14,000
77    VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL SERVICE 2012-PM    ABC News 24    183,000    36,000    78,000    50,000    6,000    12,000
131    GALLIPOLI MEMORIAL SERVICE-PM    ABC News 24    106,000    15,000    47,000    33,000    4,000    8,000
139    GALLIPOLI RPT    SBS ONE    101,000    27,000    41,000    16,000    9,000    7,000
143    SUNRISE: ANZAC DAY DAWN SERVICE    Seven    93,000    31,000    20,000    31,000    5,000    6,000
156    NINE NEWS SPECIAL PRESENTATION    Nine    88,000    22,000    25,000    22,000    7,000    12,000

 

By reflected glory from The Voice, The Big Bang Theory has resumed its title as Australia's favourite comedy. Even the dreadful 2 Broke Girls is getting a bounce.

 

What Australia watched, Tuesday
Description    Total     Sydney    Melbourne    Brisbane    Adelaide    Perth
1    THE VOICE -TUE    Nine    2,417,000    717,000    821,000    435,000    209,000    235,000
2    THE BIG BANG THEORY    Nine    1,867,000    574,000    579,000    355,000    142,000    217,000
3    THE BLOCK -TUE    Nine    1,270,000    351,000    454,000    247,000    101,000    116,000
4    SEVEN NEWS    Seven    1,224,000    305,000    322,000    250,000    145,000    202,000
5    PACKED TO THE RAFTERS    Seven    1,211,000    343,000    423,000    171,000    142,000    132,000
6    TODAY TONIGHT    Seven    1,156,000    311,000    312,000    224,000    130,000    179,000
7    NINE NEWS    Nine    1,144,000    331,000    411,000    242,000    87,000    73,000
8    A CURRENT AFFAIR    Nine    1,048,000    312,000    387,000    198,000    77,000    74,000
9    2 BROKE GIRLS    Nine    1,038,000    326,000    307,000    202,000    81,000    121,000
10    AUSTRALIA'S GOT TALENT-TUE    Seven    1,033,000    305,000    272,000    182,000    144,000    130,000
17    NCIS    Ten    629,000    170,000    155,000    112,000    86,000    105,000
18    PARENTHOOD    Seven    616,000    164,000    232,000    105,000    61,000    54,000
22    TOP GEAR    Nine    521,000    162,000    161,000    97,000    40,000    61,000
23    COUNTRY TOWN RESCUE    ABC1    497,000    159,000    139,000    75,000    49,000    76,000
27    TOUCH ENCORE    Ten    420,000    108,000    139,000    59,000    50,000    65,000
28    WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?    SBS ONE    417,000    138,000    118,000    71,000    35,000    56,000
29    BONDI VET    Ten    407,000    104,000    98,000    69,000    54,000    82,000

What Australia watched, Monday

Description Total Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE VOICE -MON Nine 2,518,000 793,000 861,000 439,000 201,000 225,000
2 THE BLOCK -MON Nine 1,430,000 407,000 518,000 285,000 97,000 123,000
3 SEVEN NEWS Seven 1,318,000 322,000 333,000 307,000 165,000 190,000
4 NINE NEWS Nine 1,301,000 416,000 390,000 289,000 112,000 93,000
5 TODAY TONIGHT Seven 1,274,000 362,000 311,000 244,000 166,000 190,000
6 AUSTRALIA'S GOT TALENT-MON Seven 1,227,000 357,000 306,000 234,000 156,000 174,000
7 REVENGE Seven 1,223,000 381,000 324,000 227,000 133,000 158,000
8 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 1,204,000 367,000 405,000 259,000 91,000 82,000
9 HOME AND AWAY Seven 1,035,000 326,000 250,000 199,000 145,000 114,000
10 ABC NEWS ABC1 1,021,000 284,000 316,000 143,000 123,000 155,000
11 THE BIGGEST LOSER (AUS) - CONTEST Ten 840,000 238,000 247,000 181,000 66,000 108,000
13 PICTURES OF YOU Seven 750,000 234,000 225,000 114,000 70,000 106,000
16 Q&A ABC1 687,000 208,000 243,000 116,000 69,000 51,000
18 FOUR CORNERS ABC1 638,000 173,000 215,000 113,000 55,000 83,000
19 THE PROJECT 6.30PM Ten 637,000 182,000 209,000 120,000 58,000 67,000
20 MEDIA WATCH ABC1 627,000 156,000 230,000 105,000 52,000 84,000
21 AUSTRALIAN STORY ABC1 621,000 195,000 185,000 100,000 71,000 71,000
22 BONDI RESCUE Ten 586,000 146,000 186,000 131,000 43,000 79,000
25 THE PROJECT 6PM Ten 456,000 135,000 137,000 96,000 46,000 42,000
26 HAWAII FIVE-O Ten 448,000 142,000 120,000 91,000 43,000 53,000
27 NCIS: LOS ANGELES Ten 445,000 124,000 132,000 86,000 44,000 58,000
102 30 ROCK  Seven 122,000 46,000 36,000 18,000 8,000 14,000

Channels Seven and Ten are screwed. On Sunday night The Voice (and a little bit Beaconsfield) swept all before it. Dancing With The Stars dropped below a million, and Ten's big new sci-fi launch, Touch, could manage only 742,000.

What Australia watched, Sunday

Description Total Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE VOICE -SUN Nine 2,691,000 944,000 745,000 506,000 254,000 243,000
2 BEACONSFIELD Nine 1,637,000 530,000 564,000 215,000 173,000 154,000
3 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Nine 1,489,000 592,000 407,000 275,000 99,000 117,000
4 SEVEN NEWS - SUN Seven 1,409,000 311,000 405,000 278,000 194,000 221,000
5 BONES Seven 1,001,000 285,000 273,000 232,000 98,000 111,000
6 DANCING WITH THE STARS Seven 991,000 264,000 294,000 192,000 100,000 141,000
7 ABC NEWS-SU ABC1 866,000 251,000 291,000 120,000 82,000 121,000
8 THE BIGGEST LOSER (AUS) - WEIGH-IN & ELIMINATION Ten 780,000 239,000 217,000 165,000 75,000 84,000
9 MODERN FAMILY Ten 754,000 228,000 222,000 113,000 81,000 110,000
10 TOUCH Ten 742,000 210,000 210,000 129,000 77,000 116,000
11 TWO ON THE GREAT DIVIDE ABC1 715,000 212,000 218,000 124,000 76,000 86,000
12 CASTLE Seven 700,000 187,000 213,000 135,000 74,000 91,000
13 WAKING THE DEAD ABC1 653,000 173,000 178,000 139,000 67,000 96,000
14 AUSTRALIAN FAMILIES OF CRIME -SUN Nine 635,000 131,000 271,000 65,000 90,000 78,000
15 NEW GIRL Ten 589,000 155,000 174,000 97,000 64,000 99,000
(OzTAM preliminary estimates, mainland capitals)

This is the daily update of The Sun-Herald's Who We Are column by David Dale, who teaches Communications at UTS, Sydney. He is the author of The Little Book of Australia - A snapshot of Who We Are (Allen and Unwin). For continuing conversation about Australian attitudes, bookmark The Tribal Mind.