TV Ratings: Nine ends Seven’s winning streak with a Big Bang

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at last night’s TV ratings

Big Bang Theory

• Nine puts an end to Seven’s winning streak with Big Bang Theory episodes 
• Newton’s Law debuts with 695,000 in ABC’s Thursday drama timeslot

It’s just like the old days, almost, with Nine winning a night off the back of The Big Bang Theory. One of the things that was different is this was a Thursday night and the audience numbers were down dramatically on the winning crowds BBT used to attract.

Nine ranked #1 across the metro markets with primary channel share and combined channel share, plus it was also able to claim key demo wins.

Seven’s best after the news was Home and Away, which continues to burn through episodes on Thursday nights.

TEN had the biggest TV crowd at 7.30pm though with I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, which was close to 800,000 with the channel able to claim #1 25-54 up until 10.30pm.


Home and Away ran four episodes again back-to-back with an audience of 645,000.

Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares then did 382,000 to just squeeze into the top 20.


RBT was just over 600,000 in the hour after 7.30pm.

Two episodes of The Big Bang Theory followed, which gave Nine the edge. The first ep did 611,000 followed by 587,000. There had been plans to launch the new 20 To One series with Erin Molan and Dave Thornton, but BBT was moved into the slot last night instead.

Nine’s movie Olympus Has Fallen then did 311,000.


I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! was the timeslot champ with 773,000, well ahead of Home and Away and then RBT.

Two episodes of Law & Order: SVU followed with audiences of 369,000 and then 284,000.


Newton’s Law premiered last night with 695,000. The series began slowly, but by the time Josephine Newton was working in her new practice the pace quickened a little.

Elsewhere on the channel the first episode of Dream Gardens went to air with 573,000 seeing a kitchen garden being built on a homestead outside of Toowoomba.


Michael Portillo drew the biggest Thursday crowd with his Great Railway Journeys on 255,000.

Destination Favour Singapore did 174,000.

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