Sunday evening proved to be a close tussle between Seven and Nine with just 1.1% between the two rivals and good results for some key shows such as Sunday Night, Seven News, 60 Minutes and House Husbands.
TEN had mixed fortunes with solid numbers for Modern Family and ONE leading the multichannels, but a switch-off with The New Normal. ABC1’s telemovie The Mystery of a Hansom Cab was just behind the numbers for Jack Irish the preceding week and managed a respectable second place in Preliminary figures.
Seven Network won the fight with a 29.3% share then Nine 28.2%, TEN 19.6%, ABC 18.8% and SBS 4.1%.
Sunday Night was 1.36m for Seven then Seven News (1.18m), Air Ways (1.04m), Border Security (945,000), Bones (794,000) and Killing Time (388,000 / 268,000). Brisbane’s News ran 20 minutes longer which will trigger some slight readjustments for all of Seven’s preliminary numbers (and push a number of shows onto the Late List).
60 Minutes (1.15m) was best for Nine then House Husbands (1.04m), Nine News (990,000), Big Brother (925,000), The Mentalist (652,000) and Person of Interest (294,000).
Modern Family did great business for TEN with 1.03m and wins in the demos, but half the audience switched off The New Normal (536,000). 2012 MotoGP was 681,000, TEN News was 621,000, Homeland was 618,000, Merlin was 538,000, The Project was 363,000 and Vegas was 268,000.
David Attenborough: Kingdom of Plants (877,000) led for ABC1 then ABC News (860,000), The Making of The Kingdom of Plants (839,000), The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (826,000), and Compass (307,000).
Battle Castle (213,000) was best for SBS ONE followed by World News Australia (172,000) and The Hunt for AI (124,000). But the Asia Pacific Song Festival bombed on just 57,000 with the biggest audience in Perth and the lowest in Adelaide.
ONE’s coverage of FIA Formula One Championship did very well with 363,000.