Doc Martin takes #1 but Nine wins Sunday

Ratings: The Australian Grand Prix drops numbers from its 2015 Race as Easter non-ratings begin.


Doc Martin had a rare Sunday win as the #1 show on TV last night. It was an episode featuring Sigourney Weaver and Gemma Jones.

Put that down, at least in part, to the fact we are now in Easter non-ratings and Seven held off My Kitchen Rules -as a result it lost a pile of potential viewers.

TEN’s Australian Grand Prix was coded into various stages: Podium: 900,000 / Race: 845,000  / Post-Race: 671,000 / Pre-Race 484,000. Based on preliminary viewing those numbers were down on Race: 1.07m in 2015 when TEN simulcast on two channels. TEN wasn’t able to hold the numbers through to its entertainment schedule with Scorpion at just 386,000.

In the end it proved to be Nine’s night, thanks largely to News and 60 Minutes.

Nine network won with 32.2% then Seven 24.3%, ABC 20.2%, TEN 16.6% and SBS 6.8%.

Nine News (1.07m) was best for Seven then 60 Minutes (959,000), The Mad World of Donald Trump (821,000), and Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (427,000).

Seven News (1.04m) led for Seven then Sunday Night (754,000), Border Security: International (612,000) and The Blacklist (433,000). Odyssey debuted with just 224,000 -expect a bump to come.

Following Doc Martin was ABC News (882,000), Call the Midwife (660,000) as second in its slot and Joanna Lumley’s Trans Siberian Adventure (402,000).

Aside from the Grand Prix for TEN, Modern Family was 550,000 / 491,000, American Crime Story was 439,000, Scorpion was 386,000 and NCIS: NO was 244,000.

On SBS it was The Story of Egypt (259,000), Rome: What Lies Beneath (191,000), SBS World News (161,000) and Netanyahu at War (85,000).

7TWO’s Escape to the Country topped multichannels with a round 200,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 20 March 2016.

8 Responses

  1. Ten needs to do better .. To have such a dive after the F1 is just appalling .. Maybe an all star family feud would have done better there. Think nines Sunday afternoon league figures are also well down with the fox sports simulcast as am sure it made top 20 last year most weeks.

  2. F1 on Ten down again from 1,347,000 (3rd-2014) to 1,066,000 (5th-2015) to 845,000 (7th-2016).
    Meanwhile on Foxtel it went up from 163,000 in 2015 to 190,000 in 2016.

    Ten’s big F-you to fans at the beginning of last year while still claiming to be the home of motorsport is having the expected effect. When people are only able to watch half of the races they tend to lose interest and no longer make the effort. Who could have predicted that? Not Ten apparently.

    1. Seven probably has something else in mind for Sun 3rd when ratings return, they haven’t kept a Blacklist for it. Odyssey and Royal Pains will probably slip into late slots behind it.

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