Controversy continued to dominate television for the second week in a row, this time as a public stoush between two Nine personalities reached fever pitch. While it saw audiences flock to the coverage, it wasn’t enough to stop Seven from winning the week with a routine week of strong programming. Yet it was TEN that continued significant gains.
Seven won Week 24 with 27.6% ahead of Nine’s 25.5% and TEN’s 24.5%. The ABC had 17.4% and SBS 5.0%.
For the third week in a row TEN won 3 key demo groups 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.
Strictly speaking TEN also won three nights this week: Sunday, Tuesday and Saturday (the latter was a ‘win tie’ with the ABC). Seven won Wednesday, Friday and Nine won Monday and Thursday.
Seven won all cities except for a tie in Brisbane with Nine.
Seven News had a triumphant week with its Sunday edition taking 1.76m as the top show of the week. Its Monday – Friday edition averaged 1.69m (and nearly 2m on a public holiday). Its other top performers included Thank God You’re Here, Today Tonight, The Zoo, Find My Family, Desperate Housewives, Sunday Night, Criminal Minds, Better Homes and Gardens and All Saints. The return of Prison Break is now a fan-only affair at a slim 226,000. Brothers and Sisters is a quiet achiever, putting in a strong 954,000 for 9:30pm. Weekend Sunrise thrashed its Today rival at 446,000 -the highest of its kind all week. The network’s female-skewed Thursday line-up remains its weaker night with some shows due to conclude soon. Home and Away still has a fight on its hands, but surely after 21 years it has faced bigger threats.
Nine News Sunday was again #1 for Nine with 1.4m but it was the Gordon Ramsay and Tracy Grimshaw feud that propelled its weeknight News and A Current Affair, with the latter enjoying its best figures this year. On Tuesday, following Grimshaw’s defiant broadside the night before, it finally beat Today Tonight. Also strong were Sea Patrol, Getaway, RPA and a repeat of Two and a Half Men. A primetime Hot Seat did well with 1.22m. Nine’s Sunday and Tuesday line-ups took a beating -both of which feature homeMADE. On a public holiday eve, a once glorious CSI could only manage 809,000 -beaten by the ABC. The final Mentalist held at 1m viewers, but third in its slot.
TEN finished the week with the exact same share as the week before – but just 1% behind Nine. Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation is now unstoppable, at another 1.65m. So too is MasterChef Australia, hitting a high of 1.8m on a public holiday Monday. Two repeat eps of NCIS were also terrific, while Merlin and Recruits also performed. There are still challenges later in the week, that So You Think You Can Dance (US) is yet to remedy. Sunday’s The Biggest Loser is living up to its title, now barely hovering above what Harper’s Island was getting. Despite this, TEN still won Sunday (to think what it might have been…). Law & Order: SVU is still underperforming on a tough Wednesday night.
Another 1.42m for Spicks and Specks half of whom did not stick around without The Chaser to follow. ABC’s other big shows were New Tricks, Silent Witness, ABC News, Australian Story, The 7:30 Report, Catalyst and Four Corners. Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union premiered to 696,000. The network surged on Saturday when it tied for the night with TEN, quite a feat.
Top Gear Australia took another dip to 545,000. The new season of Flight of the Conchords was a modest 275,000. On Friday The Perfect Vagina‘s alert audience of 345,000 more than doubled its lead in of World News Australia 141,000, ensuring the late night timeslot for racy documentaries. Saturday was its best night with 397,000 for Richard Hammond: Engineering Connections.