Aussie drama the winner in 3-way race

4clyOver three million Australians were watching Australian drama last night with Sunday’s three-way drama battle proved to be a close fight. All three shows landed good audiences: A Place to Call Home (1.16m), House Husbands (1.03m) and Cliffy (927,000).

All will go higher once Timeshifted numbers are delivered in 7 days.

Seven Network won the night with a 30.1% share then Nine 27.7%, TEN 20.4%, ABC 16.7% and SBS 5.0%.

Seven News topped the night with 1.56m for Seven then Sunday Night (1.3m), A Place to Call Home (1.16m), The Force (1.36m), Highway Patrol (962,000 and Lewis (472,000).

The Block pulled 1.48m for Nine followed by Nine News (1.43m), 60 Minutes (1.41m), House Husbands (1.03m), CSI (564,000) and CSI: Miami (286,000).

The Biggest Loser surged to 905,000 for TEN ahead of its final tomorrow night. Elementary was 791,000, Modern Family was 790,000, TEN News was 572,000, Bondi Rescue was 518,000, The Simpsons was 439,000, Formula One was 367,000 in 3 cities.

Whitlam: The Power and the Passion was best for ABC1 on 983,000 followed by Cliffy on 927,000 -both attracted positive Twitter feedback. ABC News was 845,000, Compass was 321,000 and Antiques Master was 229,000.

ON SBS ONE it was A History of Ancient Britain (318,000), Jabbed: Love, Fear and Vaccines (256,000), World News Australia (188,000).

ABC2’s Shaun the Sheep (232,000) led multichannels.

Insiders: 183,000 / 51,000 / 28,000
The Bolt Report: 132,000
Meet the Press: 77,000 / 111,000

OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 26 May 2013


  1. Loved Cliffy. Exclellent human drama and can’t understand why some people aren’t sensitive to such a moving story of real Aussie battler courage and persistence. Congratulations to all of the cast.

  2. Too much good TV on one night at the same time, Good to see they all got a nice piece of the pie and no one was really punished.

    Also Jabbed on SBS was very interesting.

  3. I wonder how many of those 927,000 who tuned in for Cliffy were still there at the end of the show. It wasn’t badly done, but it was basically a non-story. I had to PVR it and watch it on fast-forward. Talk about a snooze-fest.

    • There were a number of dramatic license leaps. Cliffy did not meet Mary until after the race. Gyton Grantley’s character was a creation of the writers. I’m not being critical, I’m just pointing out that a drama that says it is inspired by events (or words to that effect) should be readily understood by the audience. I’m not sure that’s always coming across.

  4. SBS’s A Aistory of Ancient Britain was a repeat, but it didn’t say so on my EPG. I watched Cliffy and I’ll catch up on new Lewis this morning. Didn’t mind Cliffy, I expect because I remember it happening.

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