TV Ratings: Viceland gives SBS 2 best Tuesday in six weeks

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

Seven has got on the scoreboard in the second last week of survey with a primary share just under 20%. First Dates helped secure its winning share with the biggest audience after 7pm.

Seven also had the biggest combined share with 30.7% for its collection of channels.

Otherwise the real interest last night was the first ratings performance of Viceland which was switched on at 4pm as SBS2 was turned off. The channel’s first primetime share was 1.0% which was the best share for that channel in six weeks. See below for the audiences on its first night.

Seven

Home and Away slipped below 700,000 with 680,000 watching.

First Dates was the channel’s high point with 803,000 after 854,000 last week. How to make an impression – the male partner of one young couple met his date and asked for the house bourbon, revealing that is all he drank.

Gold Coast Medical was on 584,000, up from 566,000 last week.

Cold Feet is really warming up storywise but the ratings remain lukewarm with 294,000 after 293,000 a week ago.

Nine

A Current Affair featured Martin King with a heartbroken father, then a story about a private label war in supermarkets. The Tuesday episode was on 826,000 after 784,000 a week ago.

Two episodes of The Big Bang Theory did 720,000 for the new episode and then 590,000 for the repeat. The show has moved to Tuesday after filling a Thursday timeslot more recently. The new episode last Thursday did 807,000.

The season finale of Unreal Estate did 436,000 which was down without a lead-in from The Block. The most watched episode was #1 which did 699,000.

TEN

The Project did 345,000 at 6.30pm which grew to 491,000 with a story about gang warfare and a visit from singer and actor Samantha Jade.

Jamie’s Super Food Family Classics did 379,000.

A repeat of NCIS moved back into the 8.30pm slot with 337,000 followed by a new episode of NCIS: Los Angeles which grew the audience to 358,000.

ABC

The final of Catalyst as we know it as a half-hour weekly show did 550,000.

The final of the all-too-brief Streets Of Your Town series was on 575,000 after a launch on 464,000 last week. After flying all around the world in episode one, host Tim Ross reported on a modernist revival in Australian architecture in episode two.

The doco Harry Siedler: Modernist then did 291,000.

SBS

The channel’s biggest audience was at 8.30pm for the second part of the Insight special Lockdown. 291,000 tuned in after 306,000 last week.

A repeat ep of Who Do You Think You Are? was on 255,000 with 179,000 watching Dateline later in the night.

Viceland

The first night of the rebranded SBS2 lifted the channel’s share, but the curiosity factor didn’t pull big crowds.

The top five programs in metro markets were:

Gaycation 51,000
Black Market 41,000
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee 37,000
The Feed 35,000
F*ck, That’s Delicious 28,000

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