Politics and diversity shine at Mardi Gras, but Seven wins Sunday.

Ratings: MKR hits a season low, but Sunday Night had a rise, while SBS turned on a diverse Mardi Gras broadcast.


Big brand shows took a dip last night.

My Kitchen Rules recorded its lowest episode of the season, while I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Australia’s Got Talent and 60 Minutes were all down on last week.

But Sunday Night grew by 257,000 with its Martin Bryant story and Doc Martin is doing a brisk Sunday night trade for ABC.

SBS turned on a very colourful and diverse outdoor production of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras averaging 240,000 -down by 41,000 on 2015. It was the first ever parade attended by a Prime Minister.

TEN’s American Crime Story did better business in the demos than its reality show.

Seven Network won with 32.5% then Nine 24.9%, TEN 18.5%, ABC 17.8% and SBS 6.3%.

My Kitchen Rules (1.33m) topped the night for Seven then Sunday Night (1.2m), Seven News (977,000) and The Blacklist (518,000 / 351,000).

Nine News (1.04m) was best for Nine then 60 Minutes (733,000), Australia’s Got Talent (602,000) and The Amazing Noughties (369,000).

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here (Elimination: 618,000 / Sun: 559,000) led for TEN. American Crime Story drew 593,000, Modern Family was 567,000, V8 Supercars (Podium: 453,000 / Race: 434,000) and Limitless was just 218,000.

Doc Martin did a bumper trade on 1.06m for ABC then ABC News (782,000), Call the Midwife (594,000) and Joanna Lumley’s Nile (400,000). Compass was 245,000.

On SBS the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras averaged 240,000, SBS World News and Angkor Wat’s Hidden City were both 168,000 each.

ABC2’s Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom was 222,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 6 March 2016

11 Responses

  1. Not only did the OJ Simpson story beat I’m A Celeb… in the demos, it also had more total viewers than the non-elimination part of the show.

    Channel Seven would never let a drama beat one of their fake reality shows. Mind you, that’s because they don’t start their dramas until after 9:30 and then move them around (or off) the schedule if they look like getting a foothold.

  2. Mardis Gras really should be live on Saturday night – would be great to have on TV on Saturday night followed by music, people at parties would have it on, etc. Not so good to watch on Sunday night when you’re winding down from the weekend and have already seen the highlights on the news anyway.

    Is there a reason it can’t be aired live like it was on a few occasions years ago?

    1. We streamed it live Saturday through the sbs website. Even with the Joy commentary being out of sync with the images being shown, we enjoyed the 3+ hour stream better than what they cut the parade down to last night for broadcast and then added pre-recorded interviews and ads.

  3. “It was the first ever parade to feature a Prime Minister.”

    With respect, the PM was not in the parade, therefore he could not feature in it. Otherwise everyone else watching from the sidelines can be said to feature.

    The Labour leader, his wife, and the Deputy Leader were in the parade however.

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