Sunday night was a close race wherever you looked. All the networks had reason to smile somewhere in this morning’s figures.
It was a three-way tussle for the night between the three commercial broadcasters, with Seven just pipping the others at the post. It finished with 25.5%, just ahead of Nine’s 24.9% and TEN’s 24.5%.
While Seven News was #1 for the night, the real interest lay elsewhere.
Dancing with the Stars‘ 1,301,000 beat Australian Idol‘s 1,300,000 by the slimmest of margins, and as expected, the split in variety audiences improved 60 Minutes to 1.21m.
Nine’s Rescue: Special Ops held its audience from last week, and more impotantly, won its slot with 1.14m. The figure is far from what a new Aussie drama should be nabbing so early in its life, but such is the battle on Sundays.
There was also a fight going on in the public broadcaster sector with SBS’ 12.3% almost eclipsing ABC’s 12.9%.
The 2009 Ashes Series powered to 804,000 and on the ABC Stephen Fry in America took a respectable 979,000.
If only our networks were this close every week, we’d be smothered for choice.
Updated: GO! launched last night but Nine advises none of its titles or share will be tallied by OzTAM until August 23.