Seven stayed in front with 1.38m viewers, up 70,000 on last week. Australia’s Got Talent had 1.21m in preliminary OzTAM figures, but Nine advises a coding error with an afternoon replay will see an adjusted figure of 1.3m viewers, a rise of 256,000 from last week.
A week ago Seven’s Head of Production Brad Lyons said the network had made “the right decision” to axe Australia’s Got Talent, but today Nine spokesman David Hurley told TV Tonight, those comments make “….Brad Lyons look like an absolute chump for his very unwise triumphalism last week congratulating himself on dumping the show. That fairly invited a slap in the mouth with a dead fish, and he got it deluxe this morning. That’s what karma looks like Brad.”
Right now all the drama isn’t on camera, it’s off camera. This is a battle that has already seen one courtroom battle but the audience is yet to close the case.
Regardless of how the talent shows are faring, Seven won the night with a comfy margin.
Seven network was 35.8% then Nine 29.2%, TEN 15.7%, ABC 14.5% and SBS 4.8%.
Seven News topped the night with 1.44m. Next for Seven were The X Factor (1.38m), Sunday Night (1.14m), Bones (772,000) and Castle (325,000).
Nine News (1.33m) was best for Nine then 60 Minutes (1.22m), Australia’s Got Talent (1.21m in preliminary figures), Underbelly: Squizzy (731,000), and The Mentalist (321,000).
MasterChef (671,000) led TEN then Modern Family (519,000 / 407,000), Ripper Street (516,000), TEN News (440,000) and Graham Norton (307,000).
Grand Designs Revisted (823,000) was best for ABC1 followed by ABC News (812,000), The Time of our Lives (733,000), Dream Build (717,000), Compass (418,000) and The Iraq War (264,000).
On SBS ONE it was Iceman Autopsy (284,000), World News Australia (193,000), The Observer Effect (106,000) and Movie: The Central Park Five (94,000).
The Big Bang Theory on GO! topped multichannels with 256,000 viewers.
Insiders: 203,000 / 74,000 / 45,000
The Bolt Report: 151,000 / 78,000
OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 18 August 2013