Storms battering Sydney drove up News and current affairs bulletins across the board last night.
Nine News led the battle, as high as 1.27m viewers over Seven’s 1.1m. But even bulletins on ABC (958,000), TEN (663,000) and SBS (176,000) were above average. Similarly, A Current Affair (1.1m) had its biggest audience all year, while 7:30 and The Project also performed well.
In Sydney Nine News was as high as 469,000 viewers, over Seven’s 326,000 -the latter, which had sent Mark Ferguson to sunny Gallipoli led with Sam Armytage presenting in Sydney for the first 20 minutes. It also added a special 5pm bulletin for Sydney.
In breakfast television Today’s win in Sydney brought the show to a whisper of Sunrise: 328,000 for Seven and 327,000 for Nine.
Seven network won the night with 30.7% then Nine 28.3%, TEN 18.2%, ABC 16.9% and SBS 5.9%.
My Kitchen Rules still rules with 1.46m viewers for Seven then Seven News (1.1m / 1.01m), Home and Away (822,000), the Movie: Iron Man 3 and Million Dollar Minute (both on 535,000).
Nine had three shows over a million viewers. Nine News (1.27m / 1.14m), A Current Affair (1.1m) and The Block (1.04m). Big Bang was 795,000 / 613,000 / 509,000 then Hot Seat (592,000), 2 Broke Girls (336,000 / 208,000).
TEN Eyewitness News led for TEN on 663,000 viewers. NCIS was 611,000, The Project was 592,000 / 406,000, NCIS: LA was 498,000 and Bondi Rescue was 460,000.
ABC News (958,000) was strong for ABC then 7:30 (753,000), Why ANZAC with Sam Neill (589,000), Foreign Correspondent (543,000) and Antiques Roadshow (347,000).
On SBS ONE it was Russia’s Lost Princesses (320,000), Insight (192,000), SBS World News (176,000) and Dateline (138,000).
We have a new multichannel champ in ABC2’s Tree Fu Tom (261,000).
The Morning Show: 147,000 / 96,000
Studio 10: 70,000 / 40,000
OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 21 April 2015