Seven has won Sunday’s ratings battle thanks to its 11th season of Dancing with the Stars.
The show won its timeslot with 1.505m just ahead of MasterChef on 1.503m. Given Dancing‘s extended premiere of 2.5hrs it is especially good. But it was also thick with cross-promotions for Australia’s Got Talent and The X Factor.
Nine’s premiere of In Their Footsteps had to settle for 1.03m, and Merlin was 908,000 for TEN.
60 Minutes had to settle for third on 943,000 with Human Planet‘s finale on 632,000.
Nine’s Blood Brothers telemovie was second in its slot on 803,000 ahead of Hawaii Five-0 on 787,000 with Moby Dick fourth on 517,000.
The Bolt Report premiered to 163,000 but was beaten by Seven’s combined Amazing Race / AFL Game Day total of 332,000. An afternoon replay attracted 123,000.
Best for SBS was Empire of the Seas on 254,000.
Formula One on ONE was the best on multichannels with 320,000.
On its first day of a new-look channel ONE won the multichannel race with a big 5.1% share -although it achieved the figure with sport, not any of the new dramas it has coming.