Ratings Roundup: Australia


PREMIUM: Episodes of the FremantleMedia format The X Factor pulled the two biggest weekday audiences in Australia last week (October 29 and November 2), while Australia’s favorite soap opera again showed why it’s still on the air with consistently impressive ratings.

Home and Away, which made its debut on Seven Network back in 1988, was the only program (except news and current affairs) to appear in the ratings Top 10 every day of the week.

Market leader Seven was number one on Monday with The X Factor Performance pulling 1.417 million viewers in the five metropolitan markets as well as on Tuesday with The X Factor Results taking 1.430 million (the largest audience of the week).

Seven also scored with Beauty and the Geek Australia, a format from 20th Television, which was number three on Thursday. Endemol’s Big Brother did well for market number two Network Nine, making the audience Top 10 on Monday, Thursday and Friday.

Among imported series, the biggest audience was for Warner sitcom The Big Bang Theory on Nine, which rated number three on Tuesday (1.157 million), BBC police series New Tricks was number one on Friday for ABC1 (1.118 million) and Criminal Minds from CBS on Seven was number seven on Wednesday (970,000).

Australia’s new generation of domestically produced drama delivered on Tuesday for Seven as Winners & Losers finished fifth (1.113 million). That series, focusing on four young women who hit the lottery, was recently renewed for a third season.

Seven’s homegrown factual series Surveillance Oz was number two on Wednesday and Better Homes and Gardens was fifth on Friday for the same network.