An excellent start for the new ABC1 drama series The Doctor Blake Mysteries (1st – 1,176,000) taking the timeslot and the number one spot for the night. It didn’t hurt that with the One Day Cricket – Australia v West Indies Game 1 (Session 1: 15th – 466,000) being all done before the news it left Ch9 pretty high & dry for the evening. Better Homes and Gardens (4th – 1,035,000) returned with a decisive win at 7:30pm, and an interesting result for the new “weekend” team in Brisbane as the Ch7 & Ch9 news services tie at 6pm. A repeat of ABBA: Bang A Boomerang (12th – 507,000) also meant the show drew over 1.5 million viewers in the two sittings.
Timeslot winners (nationally):
6:00pm: Nine News – Ch9
6:30pm: Today Tonight – Ch7
7:00pm: ABC News – ABC1
7:30pm: Better Homes and Gardens – Ch7
8:30pm: The Doctor Blake Mysteries – ABC1
9:30pm: ABBA: Bang A Boomerang – ABC1
Channel 7 won the night (23.8%), followed by ABC1 (18%), Channel 9 (17.8%) & Channel 10 (8.2%).