A huge 2.7m viewers watched the 2009 AFL Grand Final on TEN, becoming the second biggest TV audience of the year. The game peaked at 3.62m, just in the 5 metro cities. But because the game was not in primetime, TEN didn’t win Saturday. It is an irony that will be all the more cruel next week when NRL pushes across primetime for Nine. The match also bettered the 2.58m average for 2008’s final. But for the third week in a row, Nine snatched ratings glory from Seven, with the extra boost from GO! pushing the network ahead of Seven.
Nine won Week 39 with 28.4% ahead of Seven’s 28.1% and TEN’s 21.2%. The ABC had 17.0% and SBS 5.3%.
Nine won 18-49 and 24-54 while TEN won 16-39.
GO! finished with 1.7%, ABC 1.5%, ONE 1.3% and SBS TWO 0.3%.
Seven won Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Nine won Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Seven was first in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth while Nine took Sydney and Brisbane.
Saturday’s NRL preliminary final was Nine’s biggest audience for the week on 1.35m viewers. Other performers included Nine News (Sunday), A Current Affair, Two and a Half Men and The Footy Show -thanks to the finale of the AFL edition. Nostalgia pieces TV’s Best of the Best and The Very Best of the Paul Hogan Show both landed under 1m viewers, with the former dragging down 60 Minutes. Getaway won its slot against the nation’s next look at Glee. A Monday night movie on Nine didn’t do much business,nor did the umpteenth Crocodile Dundee screening. Sydney’s dust storm saw Today move closer to Sunrise on Wednesday, but not enough to win. The Big Bang Theory was best on GO! with 216,000.
A somewhat-divisive episode of Packed to the Rafters was best for Seven with 1.76m, down from previous weeks. Other strong shows were Highway Patrol, Seven News, Today Tonight, Border Security, The Force, Sunday Night, RSPCA Animal Rescue, Last Chance Surgery and World’s Strictest Parents. The Brownlow Medal managed an impressive 1m viewers just from 3 cities. Together with its impressive debut for Highway Patrol (1.7m) the network romped home with a 35.7% share. Wednesday’s City Homicide inched a win in a tight race, but seems destined to hover around the 1.1m mark -it faces stiff competition this week. A Sunday night movie was slammed by the ABC, while Gary Unmarried let down Thursday. Deal or no Deal has kept well ahead of Hot Seat.
The 2009 AFL Grand Final was the #1 show for the week, and for TEN with 2.7m viewers. What a shame it wasn’t in primetime. Otherwise it was still a disappointing week for TEN with a repeat of NCIS its next best on 1.16m. Rush clung to 1m against stiff competition. Under 1m were Australian Idol, Glee and Good News Week. Rove Turns Ten won its late slot with 869,000, and The Spearman Experiment managed a slight rise to 808,000. Best for The 7PM Project was Wednesday with 688,000 while Neighbours took 772,000 on Monday. Just 303,000 sat through the late replay of the Emmy Awards.
A superb 1.47m this week for the ABC’s Midsomer Murders -higher than anything in primetime on Nine or TEN. Elsewhere, Spicks and Specks, Yellowstone, Four Corners, Australian Story, ABC News and The 7:30 Report all performed well. But the Tuesday line up with The Wild West and Fear Stress and Anger tanked. ABC beat TEN on Sunday and Friday. Junkyard Wars was again best on ABC2.
Top Gear‘s 924,000 was third in its slot, but the big drop to 295,000 for High Altitude is behind a programming move at SBS.