F1 drives TEN’s night but Nine takes the flag
Ratings: A healthy TEN performance meant Nine and Seven had to battle out Sunday to the very last share point.
That combo put the network back where it belongs, in third place above the 20% shares.
While the sporting event drove big numbers to the network, Biggest Loser nonetheless had tough competition from The Block while Masterchef competed with Downton Abbey.
As a result Nine and Seven battled it out to the last share point. But this is exactly what a competitive TEN should bring us, rather than allowing another to walk away with the night.
Nine network shares were 28.3% then Seven 28.2%, TEN 23.4%, ABC 16.2% and SBS 3.9%.
The Block: All Stars was #1 with 1.57m for Nine followed by 60 Minutes (1.23m), Nine News (1.09m), The Mentalist (618,000) and CSI (434,000).
Downton Abbey (1.28m) topped Seven followed by The Force (1.19m), Seven News (1.15m), Sunday Night (1.08m), Border Security (1.02m) and Castle (485,000 / 268,000).
FIA Formula One averaged an impressive 1.23m race / 821,000 pre-race / 596,000 race day for TEN. Those numbers were down on 2012’s race (1.4m / 897,000 / 514,000) but were good for the current TEN climate. MasterChef: The Professionals finished with 1.02m for the winner announced / 980,000 finale. But The Biggest Loser dipped in between two bookends averaging 815,000 for its launch. Graham Norton took 390,000.
David Attenborough’s Galapagos (947,000 / 867,000 Making of) was best on ABC1 then ABC News (876,000), Midsomer Murders (826,000), Compass (321,000) and Rev (255,000).
On SBS ONE it was History Cold Case (220,000), World News Australia (198,000), The Pluto Files (135,000) and Lucky (70,000).
Big Bang Theory on GO! led multichannels with 260,000.
Weekend Sunrise: 319,000
Weekend Today 308,000
Weekend Breakfast: 44,000
OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 17 March 2013