Ratings brawl between Seven & Nine, TEN & ABC.
While Nine battled with Seven last week, there was a much closer tussle going on between TEN and the ABC.
Australia’s wallabies getting whipped in the Rugby World Cup was the top rating show in Week 43 with 1.78m viewers.
Nine managed five of the top ten shows last week, one better than Seven. Two episodes of The Big Bang Theory scored 1.55m and 1.48m respectively with Nine News (Sunday) on 1.38m and Underbelly: Razor (1.36m). Nine was neck and neck with Seven in the key demos last week.
It was Seven that again won the week with Packed to the Rafters (1.6m) as their top show. It was followed by The X Factor (Tues: 1.43m / Mon: 1.38m), Beauty & the Geek Australia (1.37m), and Seven News (Sunday: 1.24m / weeknights: 1.16m).
But another tussle was taking place last week between TEN and the ABC. While TEN just pipped the public broadcaster in network shares, its primary channel ranked below ABC1.
It was another difficult week for TEN with no shows in the top twenty. NCIS (1.00m) was their only show over the magic million, followed by Junior MasterChef (872,000), NCIS: LA (841,000) and Terra Nova (831,000).
Doc Martin (1.37m) again scored for ABC1 as the #8 show of the week. Next were Gruen Planet (1.11m), Spicks and Specks (1.08m), ABC News (Saturday: 887,000 / weeknights: 862,000), The Slap (856,000) and The Hamster Wheel (828,000).
For SBS the top show was The Lancaster at War (355,000) followed by Coast and Gourmet Farmer (both 325,000), and One Born Every Minute (264,000).
ONE’s FIA Formula One World Championship (369,000) was the top multichannel performer.
In network shares, Seven won the week with 31.3% over Nine (27.0%), TEN (18.7%), ABC (17.6%) and SBS (5.4%).
Seven’s primary channel was 23.1% over Nine (20.3%), ABC1 (13.6%) TEN (13.0%) and SBS1 (4.5%).
7TWO (4.6%) was the top multichannel over GO! (4.2%), 7mate and ELEVEN (both 3.6%), ABC2 and GEM (both 2.5%), ONE (2.1%), SBS2 (0.9%), ABC News 24 (0.8%) and ABC3 (0.6%).
It was a close race in the demos last week with Seven just winning 16-39 and 18-49 with a tie between Nine and Seven in 25-54.
Seven Network took victory every night except Sunday which was won by Nine. The ABC beat both Nine and TEN on Saturday. ABC1 was also the top primary channel for Saturday.
Seven won all cities except Sydney, which fell to Nine.
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