In the all-important Sunday night stakes, Nine came out on top but Underbelly was surpassed in total viewers by the aspiring cooks of MasterChef Australia.
TEN took 1.67m to Nine’s 1.64m, although it should be noted TEN’s show was an hour earlier. Both shows won their respective timeslots.
Beating them both was Seven News on 1.84m.
Sunday Night drew 1.51m viewers while The Force was 1.33m. Sandwiched in between was a Border Security repeat on 1.21m. Bones was 1.24m and Castle 962,000. 30 Rock was a long way behind with just 297,000 for its first episode.
60 Minutes led with its Jessica Watson story and took 1.34m, with Send in the Dogs on 1.3m and Customs on 1.29m.
Merlin’s 973,000 was better than The Good Wife‘s 894,000 for TEN. House was 659,000.
Doctor Who‘s 967,000 and Foyle’s War on 915,000 were strong for ABC1.
Nine’s Australian Families of Crime lost considerable ground from its lead in, on 824,000. V managed just 343,000.
Best for SBS was Who Do You Think You Are? on 232,000.
The FIA Formula One was the biggest audience on digital channels with 322,000 for ONE -with ONE’s evening share outrating both SBS channels combined. Saturday’s branding on Jessica Watson’s return may prove worthwhile. The week before it was 211,000.