The number does not include those watching in offices and bars around the country which would have undoubtedly sent it much higher. The figures were down marginally on 2.17m in 2013 and both trailed 2012’s 2.66m.
Another 1.63m watched the Presentation and 1.39m watched The Mounting Yard ahead of the race. 857,000 watched the post-presentation segment which would have included the sad news that one horse died and another was struggling, only to be put down later in the day.
As always the Race does not contribute to primetime ratings share, which begins from 6pm, other than Seven hoping viewers don’t change channels.
Seven network won with 28.9% then Nine 27.4%, TEN 20.9%, ABC 17.1% and SBS 5.7%.
Aside from the Cup, Seven News was 1.16m / 1.06m then Home and Away (903,000), Dancing with the Stars (883,000) and Million Dollar Minute (675,000). Mrs. Brown’s Boys was 438,000 and Scandal was 129,000.
Nine didn’t crack the million with Nine News at 943,000 / 917,000 then A Current Affair (857,000), David Attenborough’s Life (625,000), Big Brother (578,000) and Hot Seat (546,000). Arrow was 129,000.
NCIS did well for TEN at 714,000. The Project was 569,000 / 448,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 563,000, NCIS: LA was 557,000 / 303,000 and Recipe to Riches was 545,000.
ABC News (820,000) led for ABC then 7:30 (729,000), Kitchen Cabinet (696,000), Flying Miners (519,000), QI (388,000) and At the Movies (368,000). The Book Club was 198,000.
On SBS ONE it was Insight (295,000), The Sixties (232,000), Dateline (177,000) and SBS World News (111,000).
Big Bang (284,000) bested multichannels for GO!
The Morning Show: 198,000 in 3 cities
Studio 10: 79,000 / 51,000
OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 4 November 2014