The Voice and Eurovision were two of the ratings stories of the night.
The Voice may have been number one at 1.89m viewers for Nine, but Eurovision’s Final gave SBS its second best share all year (only beaten by Saturday’s numbers). While its 476,000 was lower than Semi Final 2, this was an average across a nearly 4 hour broadcast, so we need to look to the share to see how it really impacted.
Nine network share was 34.15, Seven 25.3%, TEN 15.9%, ABC 15.7% and SBS 9.0%.
Following The Voice for Nine were 60 Minutes (1.55m), Nine News (1.22m), The Mentalist (902,000) and Person of Interest (481,000).
Seven News (1.21m) led Seven then House Rules (1.06m), Sunday Night (954,000), A Place to Call Home was soft (865,000) and Mr. Selfridge (441,000).
MasterChef Australia (770,000) ranked third in its timeslot for TEN followed by Modern Family (525,000), TEN Eyewitness News (471,000), Elementary (470,000), Bondi Rescue (360,000) and The Millers (311,000).
ABC News (859,000) was best for ABC1 followed by Inspector George Gently (698,000), Restoration Home (628,000), Compass (526,000) and Midsomer Murders (384,000).
In recent years Eurovision overnight numbers have been as follows:
Without the Sunday competition, Saturday’s Semi-Final 2 pulled the bigger crowd at 561,000 and a network share of 10.5%, its best network share all year. Of Sunday’s 476,000 the audience was biggest in Sydney (155,000) over Melbourne (147,000). Elsewhere SBS World News was 159,000.
Director of Television, Tony Iffland said: “SBS has been broadcasting the Eurovision Song Contest for over 30 years now and I am delighted that this has been our most successful to date.
“The popularity of Eurovision continues to grow in Australia each year and I think that is testament to the outstanding coverage our production partners Blink TV deliver, the charm and witticism of our hosts Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang, our ability to engage audiences, letting them join in the fun and spectacle of the event through social media and this year, Australia’s direct involvement in the broadcast and the wonderful performance of Jessica Mauboy.
The #SBSEurovision hash tag was also trending at number one across all three nights. The SBS Eurovision site was up 45% year on year, with 160,000 Unique Browsers overall.
ABC2’s Octonauts was best on multichannels at 234,000.
OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 11 May 2014