1.99m viewers watched as Almandin raced to glory in the 2016 Melbourne Cup, down on the 2.07m who watched Michelle Payne’s history-making ride in 2015.
947,000 of them were watching in Melbourne, with 458,000 in Sydney and 271,000 in Brissy. It was also lower than 2014’s 2.12m. Various other segments of Seven’s broadcast drew up to 1.69m viewers.
But those numbers don’t yet include regional viewers, those watching in offices and pubs around the country, nor those on 7Live streaming.
It also didn’t factor into evening share, but certainly helped push a bigger audience into early primetime with Seven News up at 1.22m. ABC News subsequently won its 7pm timeslot.
The Block held strong at 7:30pm with 980,000 ahead of First Dates (798,000) and a soft debut for Jamie’s Super Food Family Classics with 419,000.
Gold Coast Medical won its timelot launching to 609,000.
Seven network won with 29.9% then Nine 29.2%, ABC 17.2%, TEN 16.4% and SBS 7.2%.
Following the Melbourne Cup for Seven were Seven News (1.22m / 1.17m), First Dates (798,000), The Chase (777,000), Home and Away (754,000), Gold Coast Medical (609,000). Cold Feet was 309,000.
The Block (980,000) led for Nine then Nine News (857,000 / 855,000), A Current Affair (780,000), Unreal Estate (602,000) and Hot Seat (490,000). An Hour to Save Your Life was 268,000.
ABC News (825,000), 7:30 (706,000), Catalyst (575,000), Joanna Lumley: Elvis and Me (556,000), Pointless (297,000) and Trillion Dollar Island (295,000).
The Project (559,000 / 358,000) was best for TEN. TEN Eyewitness News drew 468,000, Jamie’s Super Food Family Classics debuted with 419,000 Todd Sampson’s Bodyhack was 392,000 and NCIS: Los Angeles was just 242,000.
On SBS it was Who Do You Think You Are? (307,000), Insight (290,000), Dateline (173,000) and SBS World News (146,000).
ABC2’s Peter Rabbit led multichannels with 224,000
Today Extra: 121,000 / 78,000
Studio 10: 82,000 / 62,000
OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 1 November 2016