It was billed as the drama event of the year and on total people numbers, Howzat: Kerry Packer’s War surely delivered, with an outstanding 2.1m viewers last night.
It is the highest-rated audience for a local drama for 2012.
The Nine drama was trending globally last night as Twitter lit up with glowing praise for the mini-series, and especially Lachy Hulme’s performance.
But the bad news continued for TEN’s Everybody Dance Now -now fifth in its timeslot on 385,000, beaten by SBS.
Nine easily won the night with a huge 38.0% share to Seven 25.5%, TEN 15.9%, ABC 15.0% and SBS 5.6%.
Nine won all but the 6pm timeslot, with 60 Minutes on 1.51m, then Nine News (1.4m), Big Brother (1.36m) and The Mentalist (510,000).
Seven News (1.51m) was best for Seven then Sunday Night (1.29m), Kath & Kim (909,000) and Criminal Minds (629,000 / 497,000).
TEN had decent numbers for its MasterChef finale (winner announced 1.05m, finale 802,000) but that’s where the good news ended. TEN News was 477,000. Everybody Dance Now fell to 385,000 losing 665,000 from its lead in, fifth in its slot. The Project was 334,000 and Movie: The A Team was 310,000.
ABC News was 822,000 for ABC1 then Grand Designs Revisited (809,000), Dream Build (744,000), Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple (670,000), Compass (352,000), Inspector George Gently (315,000) and Antiques Master (229,000).
Despite heated competition SBS did well with Pompeii: Cellar of Skeletons (427,000), then World News Australia (229,00), Inside Nature’s Giants (182,000) and Capitalism: A Love Story (141,000).
Big Brother on GO! managed to top multichannels but only with 233,000.