Nine’s coverage of the Rugby World Cup semi-final between Australia and New Zealand paid off handsomely with 1.78m viewers last night. As the #1 show for Sunday it pulled its biggest audience in Sydney where 710,000 watched NZ beat Australia 20-6. Last night on Twitter there was plenty of criticism of Ray Hadley’s calling of the game.
It was a big weekend of sport. The Trans-Tasman Rugby League Test pulled up 943,000 viewers, and Casey Stoner’s win at 2011 MotoGP: Phillip Island attracting 317,000 on TEN. The FIA Formula One World Championship on ONE was the top stand-alone programme on multichannels with 370,000 viewers.
Together with the annual Telethon (212,000) in Perth, it’s hard to measure head to head results from Sunday.
But in entertainment choices Underbelly: Razor (1.33m) did well for Nine. Person Of Interest followed on 670,000.
Wild Boys was 997,000 for Seven with Sunday Night, not screening in Perth, on 956,000. Bones settled for third place with 774,000 and Castle was 624,000.
Junior Masterchef was TEN’s strongest on 872,000, followed by a disappointing script in Terra Nova (827,000). Against tough competition Merlin had to settle for 624,000 viewers. But Ringer rang out to just 359,000 viewers.
The excellent Wide Open Road (774,000) on ABC1 also had a tough contest, while The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency was 727,000. Grumpy Guide To… pulled 454,000.
Best for SBS was The Destiny Of Rome on 219,000.
Nine easily won the first night of the week.