The Good Wife.

Every series now has to issue one of these moodily-lit ensemble photos. The online image library does not have anything from The Bridge, so we had to use this.

To discuss which DVDs have the best extras, go to Questions will be answered!

In the week ending November 17, the prime time audience shares went like this: Seven 19.8 per cent; Pay TV 16.3; Nine 14.8 per cent; ABC1 11.7; Ten 10.3; 7TWO 3.5; SBS1 3.6; GO! 3.9; 7mate 2.7; Eleven 2.5; Gem 2.8; ONE 1.9; ABC2 1.9; ABC3 0.8; ABCnews24 0.7; SBS2 0.7.

And this was Pay TV's account of itself: "Grand Designs Australia (158,000/173,000 *including plus two hours) on The LifeStyle Channel was the highest rated broadcast for the week followed and Live: Football A-League Brisbane V Sydney (132,000) on FOX SPORTS 1. Also in the top 10 non-sport broadcasts: The Walking Dead S3 (113,000/118,000*) on FX and Pawn Stars (84,000) on A&E. FOX8 attracted viewers to Family Guy (84,000/117,000), The Simpsons (82,000/108,000*), Modern Family (81,000/103,000*) and Futurama (79,000/102,000*). New Tricks (73,000/81,000*) on UKTV, Megatruckers (70,000) on A&E and NCIS (68,000/94,000*) on TV1 rounded out the top 10 non-sport. Year to date share of viewing is 55.3% in STV homes, 22.4% in metro and 18.1% in regional homes (6am-12mn)."

The X Factor judges Guy Sebastian, Mel B, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Ronan Keating.

The X Factor will stay on as long as the audience stays above 1 million

The first time a movie has pulled more than a million viewers this year was Saturday  night. Check out our chart to see which one it was. On Friday, New Tricks was a surprise: Below a million last week, 1.1 million this week. Why are New Tricks viewers so changeable? On Thursdays, no program pulls more than a million viewers. We're all watching our recordings of Homeland, Good Wife, and Justified. On Wednesday, the final episode of the Scandi-noir murder mystery The Bridge gave SBS2 one of the biggest audiences in its history, even if the show had been ridiculously complicated and full of red herrings.

The OED defines the verb "to randle" as "to outstay one's welcome; to have twice as many episodes as necessary to communicate the message; to remain on air long after the shark has been jumped, caught, filleted, battered, fried and consumed with chips". But at least The X-Factor keeps pulling audiences, which cannot be said of Randling.

Channel Seven has decided to be a risk taker. It revealed on Tuesday that it will wait till next year to show the latest seasons of Revenge and Downton Abbey, both of which have been around a while in their countries of origin. Channel Ten could not afford to take that risk, but Seven obviously feels it is so far ahead of the game, it does not need to worry about a few geeks stealing these hot shows online.

Shirley MacLaine, on the set of <i>Downton Abbey</i>.

That's Shirley MacLaine in the Downton Abbey limo

The Devil's Dust, the ABC's courageous coverage of the asbestos cover-up, did not pull the same audience as Jack Irish, but performed creditably and improved its audience on day two. Channel Ten's Sunday strategy of showing two episodes of Homeland, in order to bring Australian broadcast times closer to US broadcast times and thus save cliffhanging geeks the trouble of stealing the episodes online, seems to have worked. The audience rose 90,000.

Channel Nine's strategy of trying to grab the young and groovy demographic by stretching Hamish and Andy to 90 minutes and delaying 60 Minutes by 30 minutes and then showing The Social Network almost worked, except that those groovers find 60M boring and had already seen TSN, so they went over to Ten for Modern Family and then Homeland. And we can add 207,000 to Homeland's score to include those who record for later viewing.

What Australia watched, week ending November 17

Ratings clipped ... Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in episode 1 of Homeland, Season Two. Viewers on for the premiere on the Ten Network were down nearly 400,000 on last season.

Homeland Australia is closing in on Homeland USA.

Description         Total         Sydney      Melbourne Brisbane    Adelaide    Perth

1       THE X FACTOR PERFORMANCE Seven        1,536,000  469,000     403,000     335,000     152,000     177,000

2       THE X FACTOR RESULTS   Seven        1,526,000  508,000     362,000     292,000     151,000     212,000

3       HAMISH AND ANDY'S CARAVAN OF COURAGE: AUSTRALIA V NEW ZEALAND  Nine  1,347,000  364,000         447,000     294,000     116,000     125,000

4       60 MINUTES       Nine  1,209,000  324,000     424,000     240,000     107,000     114,000

5       NINE NEWS SUNDAY   Nine  1,208,000  384,000     362,000     223,000     135,000     104,000

6       SEVEN NEWS - SUN    Seven        1,196,000  273,000     279,000     276,000     115,000     253,000

7       THE FORCE - BEHIND THE LINE-WED  Seven        1,166,000  313,000     312,000     274,000     78,000         189,000

8       NEW TRICKS-FRI        ABC1         1,164,000  302,000     370,000     214,000     127,000     151,000

9       WINNERS & LOSERS  Seven        1,139,000  312,000     341,000     212,000     121,000     153,000

10     HIGHWAY PATROL-WED     Seven        1,125,000  300,000     324,000     257,000     73,000       171,000

11     SEVEN NEWS     Seven        1,082,000  279,000     269,000     225,000     125,000     184,000

12     SEVEN NEWS - SAT    Seven        1,039,000  252,000     211,000     300,000     105,000     172,000

13     SUNDAY NIGHT  Seven        1,028,000  324,000     316,000     255,000     132,000    

14     NINE NEWS         Nine  1,013,000  277,000     344,000     228,000     88,000       75,000

15     M-QUANTUM OF SOLACE   Seven        1,007,000  307,000     359,000     141,000     92,000       109,000

16     ABC NEWS         ABC1         1,003,000  271,000     330,000     157,000     109,000     135,000

17     BEAUTY AND THE GEEK AUSTRALIA    Seven        977,000     312,000     265,000     170,000     105,000         125,000

18     THE BIG BANG THEORY      Nine  973,000     247,000     323,000     195,000     95,000       113,000

19     AUSTRALIAN STORY  ABC1         969,000     269,000     318,000     174,000     89,000       118,000

20     HOME AND AWAY       Seven        936,000     279,000     210,000     213,000     99,000       134,000

21     TODAY TONIGHT        Seven        930,000     259,000     221,000     181,000     103,000     166,000

22     A CURRENT AFFAIR   Nine  910,000     250,000     321,000     193,000     76,000       70,000

23     CASTLE     Seven        906,000     228,000     255,000     196,000     105,000     123,000

24     BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Seven        903,000     297,000     238,000     162,000     79,000       126,000

25     ABC NEWS-SA   ABC1         886,000     268,000     294,000     135,000     88,000       101,000

26     NINE NEWS SATURDAY       Nine  874,000     230,000     275,000     230,000     74,000       65,000

27     BONES      Seven        861,000     231,000     253,000     145,000     96,000       137,000

28     M-UP!        Seven        861,000     231,000     251,000     177,000     71,000       130,000

29     MICHAEL PALIN'S BRAZIL    ABC1         852,000     290,000     222,000     146,000     95,000       100,000

30     BORDER SECURITY (R)      Seven        835,000     276,000     260,000     207,000     93,000

 

What Australia watched, Saturday

Description         Total Sydney      Melbourne Brisbane    Adelaide    Perth

1       SEVEN NEWS - SAT    Seven        1,039,000  252,000     211,000     300,000     105,000     172,000

2       M-QUANTUM OF SOLACE   Seven        1,007,000  307,000     359,000     141,000     92,000       109,000

3       ABC NEWS-SA   ABC1         886,000     268,000     294,000     135,000     88,000       101,000

4       NINE NEWS SATURDAY       Nine  874,000     230,000     275,000     230,000     74,000       65,000

5       M-UP!        Seven        861,000     231,000     251,000     177,000     71,000       130,000

6       DOC MARTIN RPT       ABC1         795,000     229,000     231,000     144,000     93,000       98,000

7       KINGDOM  ABC1         610,000     190,000     189,000     106,000     65,000       60,000

8       GARDENING AUSTRALIA     ABC1         534,000     145,000     172,000     112,000     52,000       53,000

9       AUSTRALIA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS        Nine  473,000     119,000     138,000     128,000     46,000         42,000

14     DAVID ATTENBOROUGH'S THE LIFE OF MAMMALS SAT        Ten   325,000     84,000       111,000     73,000         26,000       31,000

17     GETAWAY Nine  294,000     89,000       87,000       71,000       24,000       24,000

19     I SHOULDN'T BE ALIVE        Seven        287,000     80,000       91,000       46,000       33,000       37,000

20     THE SIMPSONS SAT RPT    Ten   283,000     53,000       149,000     37,000       21,000       23,000

22     THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW    Ten   267,000     69,000       88,000       57,000       24,000       30,000.

 

Shows most recorded for later viewing, week ending November 11

Description   STN    Overnight       Consolidated           000's Increase         % Increase

1          HOMELAND  Ten     650,000         857,000         207,000         31.8%

2          HOUSE HUSBANDS          Nine   1,036,000      1,238,000      202,000         19.5%

3          NEW TRICKS-FRI   ABC1  993,000         1,152,000      159,000         16.0%

4          WINNERS & LOSERS        Seven 1,285,000      1,439,000      154,000         12.0%

5          NCIS  Ten     849,000         994,000         145,000         17.1%

6          BONES          Seven 816,000         953,000         137,000         16.8%

7          CRIMINAL MINDS    Seven 958,000         1,090,000      132,000         13.8%

8          THE GOOD WIFE    Ten     394,000         524,000         130,000         33.0%

9          SURVIVOR:  PHILIPPINES            Nine   172,000         299,000         126,000         73.3%

10       CASTLE         Seven 760,000         882,000         122,000         16.1%

11       THE BIG BANG THEORY   Nine   1,032,000      1,153,000      121,000         11.7%

12       NCIS: LOS ANGELES         Ten     602,000         723,000         121,000         20.1%

13       SMASH          Seven 144,000         257,000         113,000         78.5%

14       THE MENTALIST     Nine   721,000         833,000         112,000         15.5%

15       PERSON OF INTEREST    Nine   481,000         591,000         109,000         22.7%

16       THE AMAZING RACE-21    Seven 160,000         265,000         105,000         65.6%

17       MODERN FAMILY EP 2      Ten     1,046,000      1,151,000      105,000         10.0%

18       A MOODY CHRISTMAS      ABC1  595,000         699,000         104,000         17.5%

19       MODERN FAMILY    Ten     818,000         921,000         103,000         12.6%

20       BEAUTY AND THE GEEK AUSTRALIA    Seven 1,284,000      1,381,000      98,000           7.6%

 

What Australia watched, Friday

Description Total         Sydney      Melbourne Brisbane    Adelaide    Perth

1       NEW TRICKS-FRI        ABC1         1,164,000  302,000     370,000     214,000     127,000     151,000

2       SEVEN NEWS     Seven        938,000     268,000     231,000     186,000     112,000     142,000

3       ABC NEWS         ABC1         935,000     248,000     305,000     149,000     116,000     116,000

4       NINE NEWS         Nine  911,000     282,000     289,000     218,000     69,000       52,000

5       BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Seven        903,000     297,000     238,000     162,000     79,000       126,000

6       A CURRENT AFFAIR   Nine  819,000     243,000     265,000     195,000     67,000       49,000

7       HOME AND AWAY       Seven        775,000     256,000     154,000     176,000     87,000       102,000

8       TODAY TONIGHT        Seven        762,000     225,000     173,000     143,000     99,000       122,000

11     WAKING THE DEAD-FRI       ABC1         579,000     143,000     173,000     93,000       72,000       98,000

18     MOONE BOY      ABC1         457,000     123,000     128,000     89,000       47,000       69,000

23     WOG BOY 2: THE KINGS OF MYKONOS        Nine  413,000     105,000     123,000     72,000       61,000         52,000

31     DOC MARTIN (R)         7TWO        261,000     62,000       84,000       41,000       39,000       36,000

 

What Australia watched, Thursday

Description     Total      Sydney      Melbourne Brisbane    Adelaide    Perth

1       NINE NEWS         Nine  986,000     246,000     367,000     215,000     82,000       76,000

2       BEAUTY AND THE GEEK AUSTRALIA    Seven        977,000     312,000     265,000     170,000     105,000         125,000

3       A CURRENT AFFAIR   Nine  968,000     252,000     375,000     185,000     84,000       72,000

4       SEVEN NEWS     Seven        966,000     231,000     226,000     201,000     121,000     186,000

5       HOME AND AWAY       Seven        938,000     275,000     211,000     206,000     102,000     145,000

6       ABC NEWS   ABC1         922,000     247,000     332,000     116,000     99,000       128,000

7       TODAY TONIGHT        Seven        830,000     209,000     194,000     159,000     93,000       175,000

8       7.30     ABC1         781,000     244,000     232,000     123,000     72,000       110,000

9       CATALYST         ABC1         727,000     214,000     218,000     126,000     63,000       106,000

11     REDFERN NOW ABC1         654,000     211,000     180,000     113,000     61,000       87,000

12     CSI      Nine  638,000     165,000     216,000     131,000     71,000       54,000

23     THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH         Seven        470,000     136,000     144,000     69,000       72,000       49,000

41     LUKE NGUYEN'S GREATER MEKONG 2         SBS ONE   215,000     43,000       70,000       27,000       28,000         47,000

 

What Australia watched, Wednesday

Description         Total Sydney      Melbourne Brisbane    Adelaide    Perth

1       THE FORCE - BEHIND THE LINE-WED  Seven        1,166,000  313,000     312,000     274,000     78,000         189,000

2       HIGHWAY PATROL-WED     Seven        1,125,000  300,000     324,000     257,000     73,000       171,000

3       SEVEN NEWS     Seven        1,109,000  260,000     277,000     241,000     126,000     205,000

4       ABC NEWS         ABC1         992,000     282,000     331,000     153,000     95,000       131,000

5       NINE NEWS         Nine  986,000     290,000     319,000     231,000     83,000       63,000

6       TODAY TONIGHT        Seven        965,000     264,000     225,000     196,000     104,000     176,000

7       HOME AND AWAY       Seven        956,000     249,000     241,000     229,000     99,000       139,000

8       A CURRENT AFFAIR   Nine  919,000     262,000     334,000     192,000     67,000       64,000

9       DYNAMO: MAGICIAN IMPOSSIBLE         Seven        768,000     201,000     215,000     171,000     64,000         117,000

14     BIG FAT GYPSY WEDDINGS        Nine  653,000     201,000     254,000     85,000       57,000       56,000

15     A MOODY CHRISTMAS        ABC1         616,000     187,000     200,000     109,000     52,000       67,000

17     THE CHASER: HAMSTER WHEEL ABC1         606,000     205,000     206,000     83,000       50,000       61,000

19     GLEE         Ten   565,000     157,000     208,000     107,000     45,000       48,000

21     THE GOOD WIFE        Ten   548,000     150,000     177,000     103,000     61,000       57,000

23     THE GOOD WIFE EP 2         Ten   507,000     142,000     172,000     83,000       62,000       48,000

35     AT THE MOVIES ABC1         280,000     88,000       107,000     33,000       29,000       23,000

120   PARKS AND RECREATION  Seven        112,000     33,000       31,000       27,000       9,000         11,000

126   THE BRIDGE      SBS TWO  104,000     21,000       41,000       14,000       14,000       15,000

 

What Australia watched, Tuesday

Description                  Sydney      Melbourne Brisbane    Adelaide    Perth

1       THE X FACTOR RESULTS   Seven        1,498,000  500,000     352,000     287,000     149,000     210,000

2       WINNERS & LOSERS  Seven        1,224,000  349,000     355,000     228,000     127,000     164,000

3       SEVEN NEWS     Seven        1,185,000  309,000     305,000     250,000     115,000     205,000

4       NINE NEWS         Nine  1,129,000  313,000     402,000     245,000     85,000       82,000

5       TODAY TONIGHT        Seven        1,023,000  293,000     253,000     201,000     98,000       178,000

6       HOME AND AWAY       Seven        1,000,000  309,000     230,000     210,000     110,000     140,000

7       ABC NEWS         ABC1         999,000     265,000     304,000     173,000     102,000     156,000

8       THE BIG BANG THEORY      Nine  976,000     247,000     325,000     195,000     95,000       115,000

9       A CURRENT AFFAIR   Nine  945,000     267,000     321,000     194,000     85,000       78,000

10     A JUBILEE TRIBUTE TO THE QUEEN BY THE PRINCE OF WALES-EV       ABC1         717,000     181,000         245,000     132,000     63,000       97,000

11     7.30  ABC1         714,000     236,000     193,000     127,000     77,000       81,000

12     10 INCREDIBLE NEAR MISSES     Nine  693,000     157,000     230,000     153,000     69,000       85,000

13     2 BROKE GIRLS Nine  679,000     171,000     215,000     155,000     59,000       79,000

16     GREY'S ANATOMY      Seven        626,000     172,000     180,000     123,000     81,000       69,000

22     FIRST TEST - AUSTRALIA V SOUTH AFRICA SESSION 2         Nine  544,000     156,000     199,000     94,000         59,000       35,000

41     AMERICA IN PRIMETIME      SBS ONE   247,000     74,000       89,000       26,000       29,000       29,000

42     SMASH      Seven        231,000     71,000       59,000       46,000       34,000       21,000

51     CLINTON   SBS ONE   206,000     72,000       64,000       21,000       25,000       24,000

 

What Australia watched, Monday

Description         Total         Sydney      Melbourne Brisbane    Adelaide    Perth

1       THE X FACTOR PERFORMANCE Seven        1,536,000  469,000     403,000     335,000     152,000     177,000

2       SEVEN NEWS     Seven        1,212,000  326,000     304,000     248,000     152,000     182,000

3       ABC NEWS         ABC1         1,168,000  315,000     380,000     195,000     133,000     144,000

4       TODAY TONIGHT        Seven        1,077,000  307,000     263,000     207,000     122,000     178,000

5       NINE NEWS         Nine  1,058,000  254,000     346,000     233,000     125,000     100,000

6       HOME AND AWAY       Seven        1,015,000  307,000     218,000     245,000     100,000     145,000

7       AUSTRALIAN STORY  ABC1         973,000     270,000     321,000     174,000     90,000       118,000

8       A CURRENT AFFAIR   Nine  918,000     232,000     316,000     200,000     84,000       87,000

9       7.30     ABC1         915,000     270,000     289,000     162,000     89,000       105,000

10     CASTLE     Seven        906,000     228,000     255,000     196,000     105,000     123,000

13     DEVIL'S DUST    ABC1         723,000     204,000     220,000     128,000     76,000       95,000

14     THE MENTALIST         Nine  686,000     241,000     213,000     106,000     62,000       64,000

19     CAN OF WORMS         Ten   589,000     145,000     219,000     97,000       61,000       67,000

21     PERSON OF INTEREST       Nine  454,000     158,000     150,000     59,000       54,000       31,000

27     SCANDAL  Seven        353,000     80,000       114,000     68,000       49,000       42,000

29     FIRST TEST - AUSTRALIA V SOUTH AFRICA SESSION 2         Nine  345,000     158,000              87,000         64,000       35,000

31     HAWAII FIVE-O   Ten   339,000     107,000     102,000     43,000       37,000       50,000

36     FRIENDS   GEM 269,000     115,000     128,000     12,000       10,000       4,000

40     NEIGHBOURS     ELEVEN     262,000     48,000       76,000       58,000       40,000       39,000

 

What Australia watched, Sunday

Description         Total Sydney      Melbourne Brisbane    Adelaide    Perth

1       HAMISH AND ANDY'S CARAVAN OF COURAGE: AUSTRALIA V NEW ZEALAND  Nine  1,338,000  362,000         440,000     293,000     118,000     125,000

2       60 MINUTES       Nine  1,260,000  339,000     442,000     246,000     114,000     118,000

3       NINE NEWS SUNDAY   Nine  1,204,000  384,000     360,000     222,000     135,000     103,000

4       SEVEN NEWS - SUN    Seven        1,196,000  273,000     279,000     276,000     115,000     253,000

5       SUNDAY NIGHT  Seven        1,028,000  324,000     316,000     256,000     132,000    

6       BONES      Seven        930,000     232,000     252,000     146,000     96,000       205,000

7       MICHAEL PALIN'S BRAZIL    ABC1         851,000     289,000     221,000     146,000     95,000       100,000

8       BORDER SECURITY (R)      Seven        839,000     276,000     261,000     208,000     94,000      

9       MODERN FAMILY RPT         Ten   811,000     241,000     242,000     130,000     76,000       121,000

10     FIRST TEST - AUSTRALIA V SOUTH AFRICA SESSION 2         Nine  809,000     219,000     255,000     162,000         113,000     59,000

11     ABC NEWS-SU   ABC1         800,000     263,000     242,000     115,000     80,000       99,000

12     AIR WAYS  Seven        775,000     254,000     258,000     182,000     80,000      

13     HOMELAND        Ten   739,000     222,000     235,000     129,000     64,000       89,000

14     MODERN FAMILY        Ten   706,000     212,000     206,000     120,000     56,000       112,000

15     DEVIL'S DUST    ABC1         679,000     208,000     193,000     122,000     71,000       85,000

16     HOMELAND EP 2         Ten   671,000     203,000     215,000     100,000     65,000       88,000

17     THE CRICKET SHOW  Nine  560,000     155,000     183,000     99,000       78,000       44,000

18     FIRST TEST - AUSTRALIA V SOUTH AFRICA SESSION 1         Nine  558,000     145,000     171,000     116,000         79,000       47,000

19     MERLIN      Ten   555,000     117,000     140,000     153,000     46,000       99,000

20     THE SOCIAL NETWORK      Nine  535,000     143,000     177,000     105,000     52,000       57,000

21     KILLING TIME     Seven        419,000     98,000       145,000     41,000       40,000       96,000

(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.