TV Ratings: TEN’s ARIA coverage in ratings recovery

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

Channel Ten

• Final survey week, day 4: One more Date makes if four from four for Seven
• TEN’s ARIA Awards in ratings recovery: Audience lifts 30% year-on-year

MORE: Mediaweek at the 2016 ARIA Awards + winners list


Home and Away continues to hover just below 700,000.

After our overblown First Dates farewell yesterday Seven had one more episode up its sleeve. That maybe-final episode did 663,000 last night with enough viewers to win the timeslot and be #1 entertainment show for the night.

An end of year special 10 To 1: Countdown Our Greatest News Events then did 496,000.


Leila McKinnon was again hosting A Current Affair where the 686,000 metro viewers saw items about letterbox bandits and the ACA Christmas hamper giveaway.

RBT replaced what our TV guide told us was on with 559,000 watching.

Next was Super Scary Plane Landings, which did 388,000.


The cast of the new movie Bad Santa featured on The Project while the show had a live cross to Joel Creasey at the ARIAs. The 7pm audience was 622,000.

The ARIA Awards did 586,000, which was well up on last year’s disappointing 461,000. There wasn’t a special arrivals program which was probably just as well given the wet Sydney afternoon and the apparent lack of celebrities walking the red carpet. The introduction of Mark Fennessy to the ARIA production talent pool has paid dividends.


The channel kept an audience of over half a million entertained from 8pm through until 9.30pm with Hard Quiz on 543,000, Upper Middle Bogan on 542,000 and Rosehaven on 504,000.

The numbers tumbled after 9.30pm with 214,000 watching Please Like Me.


Another instalment of World’s Busiest Railways delivered with 254,000 after 270,000 last week.

The final of Tutankhamun then did 225,000.

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