While the country held its breath on a $100m lotto, networks watched as their numbers stacked up in a routine order for Week 27. It followed two weeks of ratings upsets.
Seven won the week with 27.6% ahead of Nine’s 25.4% and TEN’s 24.8%. The ABC had 16.8% and SBS 5.4% as supplementaries.
Yet again TEN won three key demos 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.
But while the country returned to a routine for first, second and third, some cities took a different view. Seven won Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, but Nine took Brisbane and TEN took Adelaide. At least the country is sharing the love.
Seven won Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Nine won Thursday and Saturday while TEN won Sunday.
Seven’s top ranking title of the week was actually a Sneak Peek of World’s Strictest Parents, a promo plugged during a Michael Jackson special, with 1.87m viewers. This aside it was Sunday’s Seven News that hit the top. Other big drawcards were Today Tonight, Find My Family, Packed to the Rafters, The Michael Jackson Story, The Zoo, All Saints, Thank God You’re Here, Criminal Minds, Better Homes and Gardens, Desperate Housewives and Sunday Night. The return of Rafters was only diminished by a decision not to screen it in Melbourne against an AFL charity match. It could have topped the 2m mark otherwise. Nevertheless it helped it win back its beloved Tuesdays. Sunday Night finished well with 1.29m but Bones was whipped by Rove.
Sunday night’s Nine News maintained its place as the network’s top ranking show of the week with 1.66m viewers. It was followed by shows such as 60 Minutes, Sea Patrol, A Current Affair, Random Acts of Kindness and Getaway. The final CSI dropped to a disappointing 931,000. E.J. Whitten Legends Game was strong in Melbourne. THIS afternoon began with 321,000 but dropped to 284,000 by Friday when it was upstaged by the announcement of Mark Ferguson’s signing with Seven.
TEN finished the week hot on the heels of Nine. MasterChef Australia again topped the week for TEN with 1.89m viewers for Sunday night. It drove a big audience to Rove, many of which stayed for Kevin Rudd and Bruno, a meeting that never took place on camera. 1.62m was his best for the year. For the first time Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation was beaten, by Find My Family, but still pulled a whopping audience. Also strong were Merlin, Recruits, NCIS, Good News Week, Michael Jackson: Picking Up The Pieces and Law & Order: SVU. TEN News at Five beat off the competition, including Nine’s new offering. Friday’s MasterChef cooking class is charting well with viewers, hijacking viewers from Better Homes and Gardens.
Spicks and Specks surged to 1.37m for the ABC, many of which stayed around for The Chaser’s War on Everything. Also performing were New Tricks, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, ABC News, Australia Story, The 7:30 Report, The Bill, Trial and Retribution, Grand Designs, Nature’s Great Events and Catalyst. Grand Designs almost topped Nine’s homeMADE which screened in an earlier slot. The Chaser is down some 350,000 on its season premiere. ABC took second on Saturday.
The final Top Gear Australia was also down on its season premiere, ending with 487,000 for SBS. Mythbusters took 323,000 and Mad Men bowed out with 230,000. Saturday was its best night.