Nine wins Sunday, Eurovision lifts SBS.


More people watched Eurovision Song Contest Live in the morning this year than they did in 2015.

It averaged 302,000 Live this year, up on 263,000 for Guy Sebastian’s tilt. But there were actually 527,000 watching the Weatherwatch and Music in preliminary figures, when the winner was announced. In the evening it drew 407,000 down on 592,000 last year. It suggests SBS is educating more of the audience to watch and vote Live.

The lure of Eurovision arguably impacted Sunday night reality shows. The Voice still topped the night at 1.36m viewers, while House Rules drew its best figure at 920,000. MasterChef dipped to 847,000.

Nine network won Sunday with 29.9% then Seven 26.1%, ABC 17.2%, TEN 16.3% and SBS 10.5%.

The Voice was #1 with 1.36m viewers for Nine then Nine News 1.34m, 60 Minutes (804,000) and Nightmare on Everest (431,000).

Seven News (1.35m) was strong for Seven followed by House Rules (920,000) and Sunday Night (517,000). The Blacklist was 280,000.

MasterChef drew 847,000 for TEN. Modern Family was 518,000 / 351,000, Shark Tank was 449,000 and TEN Eyewitness News was 358,000.

ABC News (831,000) was best for ABC then Midsomer Murders (781,000), Grand Designs (762,000) and Compass (294,00).

Oddly it was Weatherwatch and Music (527,000) that was highest for SBS in preliminary figures. Eurovision Song Contest pulled 407,000 in the evening (and 302,000 in the morning). SBS World News was 218,000.

ABC2’s Ready, Steady, Wiggle was 257,000 on multichannels.

OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 15 May 2016.

Photo: Thomas Hanses.


  1. Couldn’t help noticing the irony last night on The Voice when Ronan commented to the 76 year old gentleman, Clancy, that he looked a lot like Clint Eastwood.
    Have always thought that Ronan himself is a dead ringer for a young Clint…

  2. Despite Dami’s standout performance and two great hosts for a change, Eurovision seemed to lack something this year.
    Found most of the acts too bland and forgettable overall – missed the kitsch and bizarreness of years gone by. The majority of the acts far too “safe” and barely raised a laugh all night.
    And stating the obvious – “we was robbed” – Dami was eons ahead of anyone else on the night.

    • Most of the kitsch acts began disappearing when Semi Finals were introduced. Not as many progressed to the Final. That said, there weren’t many I would deem kitsch in the Semis either.

        • And, for me, the good old voting process where scores are given from around the world seemed overly rushed this year. “Hello Stockholm, this is Amsterdam calling”. That is what really made Eurovision for me as a kid. To only hear the “douze points” given too, while the other scores are just thrown on the screen was a little anit-climatic for me.

          • Another factor to consider with Eurovision ratings is the tradition of Eurovision parties (I was at a massive one). So the number of actual people watching may be considerably more than the number of televisions tuned in.

  3. Shark Tank is on too late I feel. Masterchef should be kept as close as possible to an hour on Sunday night so that it can begin close to 8:30pm. It’s a quality show that I’d like to see do better.

  4. I don’t get up in the wee hours of the morning for anyone if I can help it. But it’s now downright impossible to avoid news of the winner. I forgot not to look at this site on Sunday, but even if I didn’t, I would have seen it on the news.

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