• Alone Australia up 138% in Total TV
• I’m A Celebrity dives head first into the portaloos
Total TV Ratings, March 29
Alone Australia is the big success story of Total TV this week, with the first two episodes of SBS’s survival series up 138% for a total of 761,000 viewers.
In the week since Alone Australia’s debut, the show has more doubled its audience, with significant Total TV uplift driven by viewing on SBS On Demand. It is now the SBS’s highest rating program for 2023 to date.
Commenting on the success of Alone Australia in the first week Kathryn Fink, SBS’s Director of Television said: “We always had high hopes for Alone Australia on SBS On Demand but we have been thrilled the show has captured such a broad linear audience at 7.30pm on Wednesday nights and also on SBS On Demand.
“We are so proud of the Total TV performance of the show which has more doubled its audience in the past week when you compare with the metro overnight audience. Alone has been a global hit, and the international versions have been a huge success for us on SBS On Demand, and it is no surprise that audiences have been rivetted by the journeys of our participants in the Tasmanian wilderness. Australians are clearly tuning in both on linear TV but also on SBS On Demand where it is amongst the top of the 7 day OzTAM VPM rankings.”
On the ABC, Hard Quiz was up 14%, bringing in 852,000. The Weekly With Charlier Pickering followed with 752,000, up 20%.
On 10, The Dog House was up 11%, introducing 503,000 to Simba, who had a chance at love with Jenny – but formed an instant bond with her twin brother, John.
We Interrupt This Broadcast was up 11% for Seven, lightening the mood for 464,000.
Overnight TV Ratings, April 5
Seven News 876,000 (6:00pm) / 868,000 (6:30pm)
Nine News 685,000 (6:00pm) / 717,000 (6:30pm)
ABC News 561,000
10 News First 238,000 (5:00pm)/ 167,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 135,000 (6:30pm)/ 139,000 (7:00pm)
Daily Current Affairs
A Current Affair 594,000
The Project 195,000 6:30pm / 273,000 7pm
News Breakfast 154,000
Seven and Nine have both tied for a Wednesday night win, with a primary share of 18.9%. Seven has just edged out the win in network shares, coming in with 27.0% to Nine’s 25.7%. 7Two took the multichannels title with a 3.4% share.
A triple header of Home and Away on Seven saw Justin face consequences, while Cash and Remi fought over Eden. The first two episodes averaged 444,000, with the third bringing in 366,000. The Front Bar then brought 346,000 (183,000 in Melbourne) in for a laugh and a beer, with Richard Osborne and Scott Thompson joining as guests.
Nine’s A Current Affair looked into the Liberal Party’s decision to oppose the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, and interviewed a man who had the film rights to his first book snapped up by a Hollywood studio before it was even published for 594,000 viewers. A repeat of Travel Guides then took 425,000 around the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Island, ahead of the new season taking off on April 19th.
The ABC’s 7.30 also covered the Liberal Party’s formal opposition to The Voice, as well telling 504,000 about Donald Trump’s plea of not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records. Blade Runner, Geoffrey Chaucer, Daniel Ricciardo, and pineapples were the hot topics on Hard Quiz, with Tom Gleeson skewering all four contestants in front of 554,000. The Weekly With Charlie Pickering looked back at the week that was for 373,000, with 193,000 sticking around for the Melbourne Comedy Festival: Allstars Show.
10’s The Project (195,000 6:30pm / 273,000 7pm) began the show by announcing that the show had reached out to almost the entire Liberal Party shadow cabinet (and a lot of backbenchers) to talk about the party’s position on the Voice to Parliament. None of them were available to appear on the show, so political reporter Amy Remeikis jumped in to speak about it. Back in the jungle, Aesha and Kerri-Anne were the lucky (???) pair chosen to take part in the challenge, with 421,000 watching as they had to scoop the poop in some of the nastiest portaloos on earth.
There were a lot fewer portaloos and a lot more eels on Alone Australia, as the 10 were down to seven on the third episode of SBS’s survival series. With the contestants starting to really feel the effects of the lack of food, 193,000 watched as self confessed ‘Alpha Male’ Peter took his axe and tapped out due to a fall and lack of protein.