TEN’s V8 Supercars victory outranks primetime shows

Ratings: 1.29m viewers watch Craig Lowndes & Steven Richards on the podium -but Nine wins the night.


Craig Lownes & Steven Richards win at Bathurst was a winner for TEN yesterday with 1.29m viewers watching the moment they celebrated on the podium. The biggest audience was in Sydney with 436,000 viewers, Melbourne was 349,000.

TEN divided up its daytime broadcast of the V8 Supercars into various segments with 1.1m averaging for the Race itself.

But, like the AFL Grand Final, out of primetime it was unable to directly lift TEN’s evening share

The Block became the top entertainment show at a season high of 1.16m viewers.

Seven didn’t grab any early evening timeslot wins but Beach Cops began well with 1.00m viewers, maintaining its Sunday Night lead in.

ABC’s Vera pipped premieres of both Quantico and Limitless in the 8:30 drama battle.

Nine network won with 29.3% then Seven 28.8%, TEN 18.7%, ABC 16.7% and SBS 6.5%.

Nine News (1.18m) led for Nine then The Block (1.16m), 60 Minutes (827,000) and Events that Changed the Eighties (457,000).

Seven News (1.16m) was best for Seven then Sunday Night (1.09m), Beach Cops (1.00m), Quantico (696,000) and Castle (446,000 / 253,000). The last ever Covert Affairs bows out on 79,000.

In primetime TBL Families was 576,000 for TEN, Scorpion was 557,000, Limitless was 538,000 and TEN Eyewitness News was 390,000 in 3 cities.

ABC News (773,000) led for ABC then Vera (708,000), Doctor Who (511,000) and Compass (278,000).

On SBS it was Treasures Decoded: The Sphinx (401,000), The Seventies (234,000)and SBS World News (171,000).

7TWO’s Escape to the Country led multichannels with 251,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 11 October 2015

24 Responses

  1. Really believe that 10 dropped the ball by not going with a News at 6pm out of Bathurst, they had done this previously in the mid 2000s when they had the AFL Grand Final (doing a local news in Melbourne anyways) with their figures doing 7 figures.

    Bump Family Feud to 6:30pm and move the rest of the schedule 30mins wouldn’t have done any damage

    At least FF did a decent (its best Sunday numbers since it went into that slot)

      1. Makes you wonder doesn’t it? Mind you, one is a system with some statistical rigour while the other are rubbery figures and double-speak designed to make the network look as good as possible.

        Would be happy for ratings to be truly national but stick with averages not fleeting peaks. It may become academic in 5 years or so anyway as people discover that there are far better alternatives than the silly games that Aus commercial FTA networks play.

    1. I don’t live in the 5CM. Annoys me that 7/9/10 choose to count my TV in their ratings given that the affiliates I have aren’t owned by any of 7/9/10. Sad thing is, a lot of people take figures such as Network Ten’s suggestion of what the ratings are as fact.

  2. I watched Scorpion and Limitless last night and kept thinking how much better they would be in HD. Limitless was an interesting pilot – hopefully it stays that way as it morphs into an episodic drama.

      1. 2 years ago The Blacklist premiere after the GF to 1.3m on a Wednesday and averaged 1.1m for the first block into December. 700k is not great for Sunday with 1m lead in.

        Quantico was dreadfully written and acted (apart from Chopra) It’s done its big reveal and is likely to be doing Castle type numbers in a week or twos time.

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