Just 0.1% separated Seven and Nine Networks in Total People last week, with Seven snatching a win from its main rival.
After Friday night Nine was in front by 0.7%, but sport became the deciding factor with AFL pulling a much bigger crowd on Seven than the Wallabies did on Nine.
Seven Network was 29.3% to Nine 29.2%, TEN 19.7%, ABC 16.8% and SBS 5.0%.
While Nine was first on primary channels, its under-performance on Gem has also cost it the week.
Nine’s primary channel was 23.4% to Seven 21.7%, TEN 14.0%, ABC1 12.6%, SBS ONE 4.0%.
7TWO was 4.0%, then 7mate 3.7%, GO! 3.5%, ELEVEN 3.3%, ONE and ABC2 2.4%, Gem 2.2%, ABC News 24 1.2%, SBS ONE 1.0% and ABC3 0.6%.
However Nine easily won the key demos again 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.
Seven’s strongest performer was Seven News (Sun: 1.55m, weeknights: 1.31m), Downton Abbey (1.5m), Revenge (1.33m), Dancing with the Stars (1.18m), Packed to the Rafters (1.15m), and Today Tonight (1.1m).
The Voice was again #1 with (1.89m), then The Block (up to1.81m), Nine News (1.64m, weeknights: 1.21m), 60 Minutes (1.47m), Diamond Jubilee Concert (1.09m), and ACA (1.07m).
MasterChef was best for TEN (up to 1.33m), then Modern Family (1.01m), Offspring (949,000), Bikie Wars (928,000) and TEN News (728,000).
On ABC1 it was ABC News (Saturday: 985,000, weeknights: 982,000), Death in Paradise (957,000), Silent Witness (794,000), Australian Story (778,000), Gardening Australia (711,000) and How to Grow a Planet (698,000).
Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve was 333,000 for SBS ONE, with Heston’s Feasts on 314,000 and Insight 275,000.
Seven ranked first on Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday while Nine won Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. ABC bettered TEN on Monday and Saturday.
Seven won Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth whilst Nine won Sydney and Brisbane.
Photo: Herald Sun