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THE RATINGS RACE: Week 6

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<i>The Block All Stars</i> stays stubbornly below a million

The Block All Stars stays stubbornly below a million

To nominate the greatest protest song of all time, go to From Little Boxes to Same Love.

This was pay TV's account of itself for the week: "Selling Houses Australia (162,000/187,000*) on The LifeStyle Channel was the highest rated broadcast followed by Live: Cricket: The Allan Border Medal (133,000) on Fox Sports 2. The NFL Super Bowl on ESPN attracted 103,000 viewers and the live A-League games on Fox Sports 1 had consistent audiences across the week, the highest being 83,000 for Adelaide V W Sydney. FOX8 attracted viewers to The Simpsons (95,000/107,000*), Modern Family (82,000/118,000*), Family Guy (81,000/129,000*) and Futurama (81,000/93,000*). A&E popular broadcasts included Storage Wars (75,000), Storage Wars: Texas (70,000)  and Pawn Stars (66,000).  Rounding out the Top 10 Non-sport Broadcasts: Eastenders (71,000/74,000*) on UKTV and Law & Order: SVU (66,000/77,000*) on TV1. Year to date share of viewing is 57.1% in STV homes, 23% in metro and 18.6% in regional markets (6am-12mn).

The week began with an extra half million people turning up out of nowhere to watch My Kitchen Rules, thereby dashing Ten's hopes of a recovery for MasterChef (see its shocking numbers in our chart below). The audience stayed above 2 million on Tuesday and Wednesday. Why? Was it just the spice girls, whom everybody loves to hate and who were voted out last night?

Saving Channel Ten turned out to be Elementary ... for one day.

Saving Channel Ten turned out to be Elementary ... for one day.

And Nine's hopes of a repeat success with The Block were dashed when it was beaten by Home and Away two nights in a row (cricket saved Nine from further embarrassment last night). Again, why? A copy of The Little Book of Australia to the reader who can offer the most plausible explanation for the rise of MKR and the decline of TB.

Sunday: Finally Channel Ten has found a hero, and he's an old favourite in a new guise. As with Abba, too much Sherlock is never enough for Australian audiences. To give us your review of Elementary, go to Comments (where you'll see that even em, a notorious Cumberbitch, gives qualified approval).

And without serious competition, Masterchef: The Professionals crept back above a million. How kind of Channel Seven to hold off My Kitchen Rules and allow Ten some relief from its continuing crisis (which returned on Monday).

To discuss whether Django and Gangster Squad should be taken seriously, go to Violence Can Be Fun.

What Australia watched, week ending February 9

Description Total       Sydney           Melbourne     Brisbane         Adelaide         Perth

1          MY KITCHEN RULES-MON   Network 7      2,228,000      674,000         656,000         408,000         223,000         268,000

2          MY KITCHEN RULES-WED   Network 7      2,169,000      611,000         660,000         412,000         217,000         270,000

3          MY KITCHEN RULES-TUE    Network 7      2,132,000      593,000         619,000         453,000         202,000         265,000

4          MY KITCHEN RULES-THU    Network 7      1,801,000      500,000         539,000         342,000         178,000         241,000

5          NINE NEWS SUNDAY            Network 9      1,590,000      503,000         589,000         243,000         153,000         103,000

6          PACKED TO THE RAFTERS  Network 7      1,541,000      448,000         444,000         313,000         151,000         185,000

7          REVENGE       Network 7      1,498,000      472,000         422,000         284,000         144,000         176,000

8          ELEMENTARY            Network TEN 1,232,000      298,000         371,000         270,000         133,000         161,000

9          NINE NEWS   Network 9      1,188,000      333,000         439,000         227,000         99,000            90,000

10       SEVEN NEWS Network 7      1,158,000      282,000         297,000         253,000         129,000         198,000

11       SEVEN NEWS - SUN  Network 7      1,144,000      264,000         298,000         287,000         104,000         191,000

12       ONE DAY CRICKET - AUSTRALIA V WEST INDIES GAME 2 SESSION 2  Network 9      1,137,000      347,000         433,000         208,000            148,000        

13       SUNDAY NIGHT         Network 7      1,132,000      287,000         311,000         262,000         109,000         162,000

14       MASTERCHEF THE PROFESSIONALS SUN  Network TEN 1,124,000      320,000         359,000         206,000         93,000            145,000

15       ONE DAY CRICKET - AUSTRALIA V WEST INDIES GAME 3 SESSION 2  Network 9      1,067,000      296,000         368,000         185,000            123,000         95,000

16       TODAY TONIGHT      Network 7      1,061,000      279,000         296,000         229,000         104,000         152,000

17       ONE DAY CRICKET - AUSTRALIA V WEST INDIES GAME 4 SESSION 2  Network 9      1,016,000      287,000         326,000         186,000            117,000         99,000

18       BORDER SECURITY - AUSTRALIA'S FRONT LINE  Network 7      1,006,000      286,000         301,000         199,000         86,000            133,000

19       THE BIG BANG THEORY       Network 9      1,001,000      253,000         324,000         209,000         104,000         111,000

20       NINE NEWS SATURDAY       Network 9      995,000         287,000         364,000         216,000         71,000            58,000

21       A CURRENT AFFAIR  Network 9      977,000         258,000         348,000         223,000         73,000            77,000

22       SEVEN NEWS - SAT   Network 7      973,000         225,000         258,000         204,000         91,000            196,000

23       THE BLOCK: ALL STARS -MON        Network 9      960,000         247,000         354,000         215,000         78,000            66,000

24       THE BLOCK: ALL STARS -TUE          Network 9      944,000         233,000         316,000         243,000         81,000            71,000

25       THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES   Network ABC1           935,000         203,000         355,000         165,000         102,000         110,000

27       HOME AND AWAY     Network 7      929,000         264,000         238,000         208,000         100,000         120,000

30       ABC NEWS     Network ABC1           876,000         231,000         296,000         130,000         91,000            128,000

31       THE BLOCK: ALL STARS -THU         Network 9      860,000         216,000         296,000         190,000         78,000            81,000

36       MEDIA WATCH          Network ABC1           783,000         241,000         251,000         126,000         75,000            90,000

37       FOUR CORNERS         Network ABC1           767,000         229,000         224,000         127,000         83,000            102,000

43       THE AGONY OF LIFE Network ABC1           677,000         174,000         252,000         117,000         57,000            78,000

47       HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER            Network 7      654,000         181,000         166,000         116,000         81,000            109,000

48       UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS      Network ABC1           653,000         172,000         181,000         119,000         91,000            90,000

49       7.30    Network ABC1           648,000         193,000         191,000         108,000         70,000            86,000

52       AUSTRALIAN STORY             Network ABC1           636,000         195,000         188,000         106,000         68,000            79,000

53       QI        Network ABC1           634,000         164,000         217,000         115,000         51,000            88,000

56       MASTERCHEF THE PROFESSIONALS MON            Network TEN 628,000         189,000         205,000         113,000         46,000            74,000

67       MASTERCHEF THE PROFESSIONALS TUES            Network TEN 532,000         149,000         186,000         88,000            41,000            68,000

73       NIGELLISSIMA           Network ABC1           499,000         127,000         159,000         85,000            56,000            72,000

76       PERSON OF INTEREST         Network 9      480,000         144,000         176,000         66,000            54,000            40,000

80       ADAM HILLS: THE LAST LEG            Network ABC1           472,000         113,000         166,000         82,000            50,000            61,000

82       THE PROJECT            Network TEN 466,000         112,000         160,000         94,000            43,000            58,000

90       THE HOUR     Network ABC1           429,000         125,000         162,000         55,000            38,000            49,000

91       AMERICAN IDOL FRI Network TEN 425,000         124,000         118,000         88,000            34,000            61,000

95       AMERICAN IDOL THURS      Network TEN 388,000         115,000         136,000         63,000            32,000            41,000

96       GLEE   Network TEN 377,000         97,000            141,000         69,000            31,000            39,000

99       GRIMM           Network 7      369,000         95,000            82,000            87,000            51,000            53,000

101     SUNRISE         Network 7      354,000         99,000            86,000            90,000            37,000            43,000

106     TODAY            Network 9      340,000         95,000            132,000         67,000            18,000            27,000

142     NEXT STOP HOLLYWOOD    Network ABC1           234,000         71,000            81,000            35,000            13,000            34,000

150     SEX, DEATH AND THE MEANING OF LIFE  Network SBS ONE     213,000         54,000            83,000            17,000            28,000            30,000

(OzTAM 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.

24 comments so far

  • You know, I tuned into "Elementary" reluctantly all prepared to hate it. I am not a fan of Lucy Lui (actually think she is a terrible actress) and tend to avoid anything that has her name attached to it. But I really liked Elementary. I had to put aside preconceived ideas that Sherlock should be in London only and Watson should be male. But once I sat there and watched it, and accepted it as a modern crime show with a quirky lead character and forgot the old Sherlock idea I enjoyed it. Not sure how long I'll watch for though if they start having some UST (that's Unresolved Sexual Tension!) between the leads and it loses sight of being about the crime solving. For now, it's a good little show. Not one I think I would ever add to a "must see" list but I am willing to stick with it for now. I'll probably add it to the recording list as Downton starts next Sunday and they will clash.

    Still Elementary is not a patch on Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock. That is excellent viewing and far superior to anything the Yanks can do. Sherlock is the better show by far.
    And BC is fast becoming one of my fav English actors. Interestingly, I read recently somewhere that both he and Matt Smith audtioned for Dr Who but BC turned it down to do Sherlock. Not sure if that is true, but what a great Doc he would have made!

    Commenter
    em
    Date and time
    February 04, 2013, 10:59AM
    • Is sitting on the hard drive to watch tonight. Wanted to skip the ads, hopefully have the end of the show if it started late (added extra 25 minutes: I don't have much confidence in programmers).

      Back into the ratings period so may get some good shows but am seeing channels still mixing new episodes with repeats (eg Big Bang, Person of Interest), good way to kill ratings!

      Commenter
      nEd
      Date and time
      February 04, 2013, 11:30AM
      • Watched Elementary last night. It just isn't Sherlock Holmes. They have just about stripped away everything that is classic Sherlock Holmes and all we are left with are the names of two characters. I think Lucy Lui must have gone to the Nicole Kidman school of acting: wooden. There was no humour between Holmes and Watson, and little of interest in the storyline. I will watch one more episode but its not looking good.

        Whereas Jinsy has me hooked, it is weird in a wonderful Mighty Boosh kinder way.

        Commenter
        nEd
        Date and time
        February 08, 2013, 1:23PM
    • Watched "Elementary" and was disappointed it was only 60 mins... um that actually started at 8.31PM *shock Horror* and to top it off went over 10 mins before the first ad break. Having watched Michael Idato's preview I knew that it would be Americanized... a US who-dunnit that was wrapped up neatly and talk would fill in the holes.... and that it was.

      The relationship between Holmes and Watson does (apparently) develop and we got a hint of it in the episode (the interview with the woman and the rice discovery) so it will be less sexual than Castle.

      If TEN can keep on starting it on time. I'll be there weekly or until I lose interest as the plots become predictable.

      Em, Em, Em... really.... BC as The Doctor?.... we had that with Colin Baker... so we needed a mix of Tom and Patrick and Matt fits that bill quite nicely and succinctly. *pacing within burrow waiting for next Dr Who series to be shown*

      Watching Superbowl half time show... umm bring back the footy PLEASE!!!!! (Who is this Beyonce thingy?)Oh and on One, not TEN.

      Commenter
      Furlozza
      Date and time
      February 04, 2013, 12:21PM
      • Not long to go until Dr Who resumes. It'll be back on the 6th of April for a run of 8 episodes.

        Commenter
        Fielding
        Date and time
        February 06, 2013, 4:46PM
    • The Block "All Stars" is like a repeat. Viewers don't consider reality show contestants as any sort of "star" or "celebrity".

      Commenter
      J Bar
      Date and time
      February 06, 2013, 10:08AM
      • I think your prize for why My Kitchen Rules has such a high rating needs to go to The Age's very own columnist Danny Katz, who explained why he was watching last year:

        "Why am I watching a third season of My Kitchen Rules? It can't be because of the tenth-rate try-hard cooking, it can't be because of the fiendish nasty contestants, it can't be because of the smarmy cheffy hosts. So I guess it must be because it's a nightly reality show and nightly reality shows give families an excuse not to have to talk to each other, every night of the week.

        "My family and I just sit down at 7.30 and bond in a loving, sharing, non-communicating, blissfully disconnected way, only occasionally blurting comments like 'How fat is that contestant's head?' or doing impressions of the New Zealand lady: 'Thut dush was rully good, I thought ut wus rully rully truffic.''"

        Commenter
        JG18
        Date and time
        February 06, 2013, 3:51PM
        • Sherlock is made a 3 or 4 TVMs a year for the BBC. Elementary is a US network show designed to have 24 eps a season and to run for 5+ years. The US does make some great TV, but it is on premium cable channels. FTA it is all about the 18-34s these days and stuff that can be watched while texting and surfing.

          For what it is, Elementary was good. There haven't been too many good shows coming out of US FTA in recent years.

          MKR will continue to go well because it is what people watch live on TV and talk about around the water cooler, when they aren't watching sport.Just like The Voice and The X Factor.

          Commenter
          Pertinax
          Location
          Sydney
          Date and time
          February 07, 2013, 11:50AM
          • TM, not sure why people watch MKR. Why does anyone watch anything? Because it's there? Because it's popular with one's peers? I got into an argument the other day with a co worker who was saying how great MKR was. I sneered slightly and then gave him a lecture about how truly bad most TV is these days. Especially reality shows.

            But you know, I don't get too superior over anyone who watches MKR as I do have my reality moments. I watch MC from time to time. I watched The Voice last year. And I generally tune into Survivor some seasons. Sometimes it's just easier to watch rubbish because it really does require no thinking. You can just turn into a turnip and sit back and watch. Sometimes it's just easier not to think. Or it's a "guilty pleasure" thing. People we love to hate. Makes us feel better about ourselves or something. Why do people stop and stare at an accident? You know you should know better but you just can't help yourself.

            Last night I tuned into ABC and caught the Agony of LIfe and Shock Horror thingys. Quite interesting to see what people complained about in the past. Though didn't think much of Agony. Seems a bit like an Aussie version of Grumpys without the British accents and not as funny.

            Also saw Smash which started it's second season on Foxtel last night. Excellent.

            Commenter
            em
            Date and time
            February 07, 2013, 11:57AM
            • To borrow from the Tribal Mind template, my theory for MKR's utterly ridiculous popularity is that Australia is subconsciously dumbing itself down in preparation for four years of Tony Abbott. 2013 to 2017 will be Australia's Golden Age of Re-Boganing.
              Or maybe the public's appetite for Bitchiness runs in cycles. It's currently at its peak.
              If I were a 'MasterChef' producer, I'd be making sure I'd got a few bitches and bogans in the final 24 for the new season (it's too late for 'The Professionals'), and maybe a sub-continental-lesbian-princess-recovering-drug-addict type willing to get herself snapped smoking a few ciggies while half-preggers. It's clearly what the viewers want.

              Commenter
              darren
              Date and time
              February 07, 2013, 12:37PM

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