Long weekends traditionally see softer ratings for Sundays followed by big numbers for Mondays.
But the cricket did good business for Nine at up to 1.02m viewers. Nine News topped the night at 1.26m viewers. Together with Movie: The Tourist (392,000) Nine managed to win the night.
On TEN there was good news for Shark Tank but bad news for Empire.
Nine Network won with a 32.4% share then Seven 30.1%, TEN 16.4%, ABC 14.4% and SBS 6.7%.
Sunday Night returned well 965,000 for Seven, above Seven News (942,000) then Downton Abbey (763,000), Australia: The Story of Us (737,000) and Castle (324,000). Resurrection was 127,000.
Shark Tank is holding well for TEN at 710,000, if down slightly on 724,000 last week. That’s way in front of other local shows on the channel, with good numbers in the demos. TEN Eyewitness News was some distance behind on 330,000 while Empire is already struggling at just 262,000 viewers in only its second week. Alas, that proved to be lower than a movie on 7mate. Later, an Anchorman movie was 141,000.
ABC News (631,000) was best for ABC then Life on the Reef (564,000). But Broadchurch slipped to 557,000, down from 635,000 last week, while Fortitude was also down at 308,000. Jillaroo School ended with 171,000.
SBS share lifted thanks to the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade which averaged 281,000 viewers (up from 137,000 on SBS 2 last year). Lost Kingdoms of Central America was 195,000, SBS World News was 143,000 and Love, Marilyn was 135,000.
7mate’s Movie: The Bourne Legacy topped multichannels at 272,000.
OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 8 March 2015