Dunaden snatched glory by a whisker from Red Cadeaux but Seven was the winner with viewers yesterday as 2.65m viewers watched the 2011 Melbourne Cup.
It edged out the 2.6m who watched Americain’s win last year.
The figure doesn’t take into account the thousands who watched in offices, pubs and parties around the country.
Nor does it factor into Seven’s primetime share for Tuesday, which begins at 6pm.
But it was easily the top rating show for Tuesday followed by The Melbourne Cup Race Presentation: 1.96m, Mounting Yard: 1.68m.
In the all-important evening results The X Factor followed on 1.51m, then Seven News (1.42m), Today Tonight (1.21m), Australia’s Got Amazing Talent (1.2m). Parenthood was 681,000.
Seven won the night right through until 9:30pm leaving Nine and TEN to battle it out for second place. While Nine Network clipped TEN Network by 0.1%, TEN’s primary channel actually bettered Nine’s.
Nine’s best was Nine News (1.04m) then The Big Bang Theory (Ep 2: 987,000), Celebrity Apprentice (963,000), Two and a Half Men (923,000), The Big Bang Theory (Ep 1: 855,000), ACA (819,000), Mike and Molly (643,000). Survivor was 436,000 and The Joy of Sets was 222,000.
TEN did well with NCIS nudging 1.1m while NCIS: Los Angeles again won its slot on 857,000. Modern Family‘s repeat (804,000) just edged out the new episode (790,000). TEN News at Five followed on 551,000 with The Project on 549,000.
ABC News was best for ABC1 with 945,000 then 7:30 (674,000), Foreign Correspondent (520,000), Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day (406,000), Miniscule (390,000) and United States of Tara (257,000).
World News Australia on 219,000 was tops for SBS with Insight on 184,000.
Neighbours topped multichannels on 309,000 while American Horror Story premiered to 168,000.
Seven Network won Tuesday with 33.0% share over Nine’s 24.0%, TEN’s 23.9%, ABC’s 13.2% and SBS 5.8%.
Seven is now leading the week.