Today show thumps Sunrise

Ratings: Never mind the primetime battle, it was no contest in Breakfast TV on Monday.


If the battle was close in primetime last night it was anything but at Breakfast time.

Yesterday the Today show pulled an impressive 372,000 viewers, its third biggest audience of the year. That was a huge 83k over Seven’s Sunrise (289,000).  It follows another week won by Nine’s show, albeit not adding directly to weekly share.

While The Voice had its final Blind Audition it was the lowest so far, with MasterChef second in its slot. That gap will likely narrow from here. House Rules lifted on last Monday while the Seven Year Switch reunion may have been missed by some of its audience. 

ACA also pulled out its second best audience this year, with a report on comedian Russell Gilbert.

Nine network won with a share of 27.9% then Seven 27.3%, TEN 19.7%, ABC 18.2% and SBS 6.9%.

The Voice was #1 with 1.19m for Nine then Nine News (1.15m / 1.13m), A Current Affair (1.09m),  Hot Seat (631,000) and Soundbreaking (415,000). Footy Classified was 134,000 in 3 cities.

Seven News drew (1.14m / 1.05m) for Seven followed by House Rules (801,000), Home and Away and Seven Year Switch (both 785,000) then The Chase (760,000 / 487,000). Castle wrapped with 299,000  / 188,000.

MasterChef Australia was best for TEN with 919,000. Have You Been Paying Attention? was 715,000, The Project was 656,000 / 556,000 and CSI: Cyber was 290,000.

ABC News (796,000), 7:30 (631,000), Media Watch (593,000), Australian Story (574,000), Q&A (554,000) and Four Corners (512,000) comprised ABC’s Monday.

On SBS it was Greece with Simon Reeve (334,000), Michael Mosley: Trust Me I’m a Doctor (316,000) and SBS World News (196,000). What’s the Catch with Matthew Evans was 120,000.

ABC2’s Octonauts topped multichannels at 306,000.

Today: 372,000
Sunrise: 289,000
ABC News Breakfast: 94,000 / 55,000

OzTAM Overnights: Monday 23 May 2016.

12 Responses

  1. Sunrise lost me when the got rid of joke of the day, Today show lost me when they got rid of the web segment they used to show at 6.20.

    Not everyone wants serious news all the time.

    Now I am happy to get ready for work watching the Golden Girls and get my news hit on the radio or my local news at night.

  2. Gotta wonder if the slide began when Sunrise changed female presenters. Although, on both shows, the male presenters are extremely repellent. It is only Lisa Wilkinson who carries Today.

  3. I feel that Sunrise might win this year but things have changed with Today Show pulling in a better audience. In addition to this, I start watching Today show more than Sunrise. Sick and tired of Kochie’s antics.

  4. In two minds about castle finale. I really enjoyed it up to the last 30 seconds. I know they needed to hastily wrap it up. I think in this case an unhappy ending would have worked better

  5. How things change, a short time ago Sunrise was well ahead of Today and now the tables have turned as with the evening news, at one time seven was not able to beat nine at all but now I would say they were well in front of nine, it is definitely the programmes that are on prior to these shows that help as since The Chase Australia has been a big hit for seven, the news that follows is also benefiting from its success.

    1. Nah not really. Despite Seven’s gushing, it depends on Perth for its 6pm wins. Syd, Melb and Bris are usually Nine belting Seven. Perth gets Seven over the line.

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