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Wednesday Ratings | 7:30 and GRUEN season finale nab a serious win


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Puppet Wil and co, coupled with Sarah Ferguson at the helm, delivers a primetime win for the ABC.

A Current Affair (675,000) again Nine’s strongest, however Beauty and the Geek Australia (474,000) jumps to its highest all week. Repeats of Travel Guides (451,000), True Story with Hamish and Andy (141,000), and Chicago Med (68,000) offer some hope in their various slots, while a late night run of Travel Guides NZ (37,000) tucks everyone into ‘bud, bro’.
Nine first in both primary (21.6%) and network (30.7%) rankings.

The Commonwealth Games and what they hope will be a ratings boon cannot come quick enough for Seven, as Home & Away (412,000) leads their night with a soft start and it doesn’t improve with an out of cycle Better Homes and Gardens (297,000) (normally on Friday nights). Repeats of An Audience with Adele (169,000) and April Jones: The Interrogation Tapes (44,000) offer very little.
Seven second in both primary (16.5%) and network (23.6%) rankings.

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7:30 (535,000) and the season finale of Gruen (510,000) combine their powers to take primetime ahead of everyone. Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell (489,000) also lifts slightly on last week, though Aftertaste (185,000) again struggles in linear first-run and benefits from Total TV. Repeats of Adam Hills: The Last Leg (146,000) and Small Axe (DNR) fill out the night.
ABC third in primary (13.3%) and fourth in network (18.1%) rankings.

10 slide into fourth again as The Project (239,000 6:30pm; 326,000 7pm) drops a sizeable chunk of audience, and Shaun Micallef’s Brain Eisteddfod (380,000) drops 60k on last week’s premiere. Ghosts (226,000) and a double repeat ep of The Secret She Keeps (85,000; 54,000) do nothing to maintain an audience into the late night. The second last ep of Neighbours (163,000) on 10 Peach drew its largest audience this week.
10 fourth in primary (10.1%) and third network (18.5%) rankings.

SBS’s night was low, with New York: The City That Never Sleeps (138,000) running into Jack the Ripper (92,000), Too Close (58,000), and Tour de France Femmes – Stage 4 (38,000).
SBS fifth in both primary (4.2%) and network (9.1%) rankings.


16-39: Nine News 6:30pm (103,000) defeated Nine News 6pm, Seven News 6:30pm/6pm, and Beauty and the Geek Australia.

18-49: Nine News 6:30pm (191,000) led Seven News 6pm, Nine News 6pm, Seven News 6:30pm, and Beauty and the Geek Australia.

25-54: Nine News 6:30pm (253,000) takes the triple demo crown, followed by Nine News 6pm, Seven News 6pm/6:30pm, and Beauty and the Geek Australia.


The second last episode of Neighbours (163,000) scores another rare multi-channel win for 10 Peach.


ServiceTimeO’nights (cume/avg)Note
ABC News7pm-7:30pm606,000
SBS World News6:30pm-7:30pm126,000142,000 6:30pm
110,000 7pm
Seven News6pm-7pm871,000882,000 6pm
860,000 6:30pm
Nine News6pm-7pm846,000845,000 6pm
847,000 6:30pm
10 News First5pm-6:30pm282,000 5pm
224,000 6pm

SBS World News averaged ((6:30pm+7pm)/2) to obtain total program figure.
Seven News/Nine News figures averaged ((6pm+6:30pm)/2) to obtain total program figure.


Sunrise (201,000)
The Today Show (184,000)
ABC Breakfast (160,000 (100,000 ABC; 60,000 ABC News))


No changes to the previous week’s primetime line-up after the Total TV figures were added: Beauty and the Geek Australia (Nine) lifted 28% to 910,000; Shaun Micallef’s Brain Eisteddfod (10) lifted 9% to 650,000; and Highway Patrol (Seven) lifted 6% to 570,000.

The BVOD best were Beauty and the Geek Australia (144,000) and Home and Away (131,000).

Here’s the five shows that lifted the most from their overnight figures:

ProgramNetworkTotal TV% lift
Beauty and the Geek AustraliaNine910,00028
Home and AwaySeven876,00023
Shaun Micallef’s Mad As HellABC824,00020

Primary Channels, Multi-Channels, Shares, Subscription TV, Key Demos, Brekky Battle: All figures Total People, Five City Metro (5CM); overnights only.

Daily Consolidated 7 Total TV: All figures Total People, Consolidated 7 day Five City Metro (5CM) + Regional (Reg) + BVOD (Broadcast Video on Demand); % lift compared to overnight figures.

Top 20 Overnight Metro

Top 20 Multi-Channel Shows

Overnight Network Share

Top 20 Foxtel Shows

Daily Consolidated 7 Total TV Program Rankings

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2022. The data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM.

Note: Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs. Programs with the same name on one or more primary or multichannel, are aggregated into one network figure.

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Steve Molk
Steve Molk
Steve Molk is sharply focused on the business of TV in Australia across all its formats - FTA broadcast, commercial, subscription, catch up & BVOD. Based on the Central Coast of NSW he's a passionate advocate for Australian-made programming, particularly drama and comedy. He loves podcasting, gaming & watching too much TV. For all media enquiries please call or text 0401-709-405



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