It was a photo finish in the race that stopped the nation, and in ratings there was another photo finish, not for first place -but for third.
Week 45 was a neck and neck battle between the ABC and TEN.
While Network TEN fell over the line by a slim margin (0.4%), the ABC bettered them on four nights: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. ABC1 also defeated TEN’s Primary Channel for the week.
TEN will be grateful that ELEVEN is doing good numbers for them.
Meanwhile, even without Packed to the Rafters Seven Network won the week in Total People, but Nine won all three demos 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.
The top performers were the Melbourne Cup (Race: 2.65m, Presentation 1.96m, Mounting Yard 1.68m). Seven scored well with The X Factor (Tues: 1.52m, Mon: 1.23m), Seven News (Sun: 1.26m, Mon-Fri: 1.18m), Australia’s Got Amazing Talent (1.17m), Beauty & the Geek Australia (1.14m), Sunday Night (1.12m) and Today Tonight (1.05m).
Nine’s best was a new Big Bang Theory (1.39m), 60 Minutes (1.35m), Underbelly: Razor (1.27m), Celebrity Apprentice (Challenge: 1.27m, Challenge 2: 1.13m), Frozen Planet (1.07m), The Mentalist (1.04m), and Nine News (Sunday: 1.02m).
Doc Martin was the week’s highest rating drama on 1.38m. ABC1’s other big shows were Gruen Planet (1.07m), Spicks and Specks (1.03m), ABC News (Sat: 1.02m, weeknights: 883,000), The Slap (917,000) and Australian Story (854,000).
NCIS nudged 1.1m viewers as the best for TEN well ahead of the rest: NCIS: LA (857,000), Modern Family (Rpt: 804,000, Tues: 790,000), Junior MasterChef (Sun: 759,000), Recruit: Paramedics (726,000) and Glee (724,000).
Coast was the strongest for SBS ONE on 352,000 followed by Amazon with Bruce Parry (313,000), One Born Every Minute (283,000) and My Sri Lanka with Peter Kuruvita (282,000).
Top show on Mulichannels was The Big Bang Theory on 340,000.
Seven Network won the week with 29.6% over Nine’s 27.2%, TEN’s 19.1%, ABC’s 18.7% and SBS 5.5%.
In Primary Channels Seven was 21.1%, Nine 19.8, ABC1 14.5%, TEN 12.7% and SBS ONE was 4.5%.
7TWO topped Multichannels with 4.5% ahead of GO! 4.3%, ELEVEN 4.0%, 7mate 3.9%, GEM 3.2%, ABC2 2.6%, ONE 2.4%, ABC News 24 and SBS TWO on 0.9% and ABC3 0.7%.
Seven won in all cities except Sydney, which again fell to Nine.
Seven won from Tuesday – Saturday but Nine took out Sunday and Monday.
In addition to their victories over TEN, ABC bettered Nine on Saturday too, with ABC1 as the night’s top rating Primary Channel.