Nine may have ruled from 6pm to 8:30pm last night but that still wasn’t enough to win Sunday.
Instead Seven fell over the line in both primary and network shares, with a combined figure of 31.5% to Nine’s 30.8%, TEN’s 21.2%, ABC’s disappointing 12.2% and SBS on 4.3%.
Downton Abbey was best for Seven with 1.47m, then Seven News (1.43), Billy Connolly’s Route 66 (1.23m), Sunday Night (1.2m) and Castle (618,000).
The Block topped the night with 1.91m -its best figure all year. Nine News (1.56m) and 60 Minutes (1.54m) both won their slot but viewers fell away at 8:30pm with The Mentalist (910,000) and Unforgettable (523,000), ultimately costing them the night.
MasterChef Australia was very strong with 1.37m viewers for TEN but was its only sweet spot. TEN News was 597,000, New Girl (581,000), Last Man Standing (481,000), Touch (465,000), The Project (429,000) and FIA Formula One (329,000 on three channels) all underwhelmed.
ABC1 was largely uneventful with ABC News at 827,000, Sporting Nation (689,000), Wallander (531,000) and Compass on 284,000.
On SBS ONE Inside Nature’s Giants was 204,000, Clash of the Dinosaurs (191,000) and World News Australia (187,000).
The Big Bang Theory topped multichannels with 290,000.