The Race that tops the nation

Ratings: 2.07m viewers watch as Michelle Payne rides into history.


2.07m viewers watched history in the making as Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to ever win a Melbourne Cup.

It proved to be a great story for the media and the 2.07m was a great result for Seven, just shy of the 2.12m who watched in 2014. The numbers don’t include regional viewers, those watching in offices and pubs around the country, nor those on Seven’s new 7Live streaming.

But it also does not factor into primetime share, which the network easily won, thanks to other content such as 800 Words (1.15m) viewers and X Factor (1.1m)

It was even a good night for The Block at 1.03m its best Tuesday this season.

Seven network won with 34.1% then Nine 28.3%, TEN 17.7%, ABC 15.0% and SBS 4.9%.

Melbourne Cup Carnival dominated viewing yesterday at 2.07m for the Race, 1.79m for the Presentation and 1.3m for the Mounting Yard. Seven News also won with 1.25m / 1.17m, 800 Words (1.15m), The X Factor (1.1m), Home and Away (823,000), The Chase (733,000) and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA (545,000). Chicago Fire was 186,000.

The Block was best for Nine at 1.03m then Nine News (1.00m / 993,000), The Big Bang Theory (958,000 / 731,000), Hot Seat (527,000) and movie: The Dish (345,000).

The Project (592,000 / 408,000) was best for TEN. TEN Eyewitness News was 548,000, TBL Families was 537,000, NCIS was 337,000 and NCIS: LA was 282,000.

ABC News (859,000), 7:30 (763,000), Catalyst (613,000), Making Families Happy (300,000), Antiques Roadshow (297,000) and Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home (222,000) comprised ABC.

On SBS it was Insight (210,000), Who Do You Think You Are? (180,000), Dateline (158,000) and SBS World News (118,000).

7TWO’s Foyle’s War led multichannels with 251,000.

Mornings: 145,000 / 107,000
Studio 10: 66,000 / 38,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 3 November 2015

9 Responses

  1. David, this is the third year in a row you have used some variant of “The Race that tops the nation” in the title. In 2013 it was “Race that tops the nation”, while last year it was “Race that tops the nation tinged with sadness”. I hope you aren’t too busy to harness your creativity to use some other lame horse-related pun.

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