Home and Away's hot couple Nate and Ricky. Photo / Channel 7
Home and Away's hot couple Nate and Ricky. Photo / Channel 7

Gladstone people love their soap operas more than footy

GLADSTONE and Rockhampton people love their Friday night footy more than those from Mackay and Bundaberg, but they love their Home and Away even more.

The Regional Television Audience Measurement from last week showed an average of 35% of television viewers in Rockhampton and Gladstone were watching Home and Away on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

That is 21% more than the average viewers in Mackay watching the soap opera, and 14% more than those from the Bundaberg region.

The most popular night was Tuesday with 43% of people flicking on Channel Seven at 7pm.

On Friday night it was a wrestle between Friday Night Footy and Better Homes and Gardens, with both shows having 12,000 sets of eyes on them, 18% of people watching television in the region on each channel.

In terms of the footy, a thousand (1.5%) more Gladstone and Rockhampton people tuned in for the Thursday night match between Penrith and Canterbury than they did for Brisbane against New Zealand.

The statistics from Mackay might show where their allegiances lie, 5,000 (2%) less people watched the Broncos play north of St Lawrence.

In Bundaberg and Mackay, Better Homes and Gardens left Friday night footy for dead with more people, 5% and 10% respectively, watching the gardening show.

People also tuned in to cooking show My Kitchen Rules on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night.

About a quarter of all Gladstone and Rockhampton television viewers watched the show which was nothing on Mackay's average of about a third.

The Gladstone and Rockhampton audience doesn't seem to be taken by the stars on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here on Channel Ten, with the show only averaging 6% of viewers.

Compared to Mackay that had 16% of the viewers on the program sitting only second to the popular Home and Away.



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